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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326088/temperature-effects-on-biomass-and-regeneration-of-vegetation-in-a-geothermal-area
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Abdul Nishar, Martin K-F Bader, Eoin J O'Gorman, Jieyu Deng, Barbara Breen, Sebastian Leuzinger
Understanding the effects of increasing temperature is central in explaining the effects of climate change on vegetation. Here, we investigate how warming affects vegetation regeneration and root biomass and if there is an interactive effect of warming with other environmental variables. We also examine if geothermal warming effects on vegetation regeneration and root biomass can be used in climate change experiments. Monitoring plots were arranged in a grid across the study area to cover a range of soil temperatures...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319738/mobility-and-phytoavailability-of-as-and-pb-in-a-contaminated-soil-using-pine-sawdust-biochar-under-systematic-change-of-redox-conditions
#2
Jingzi Beiyuan, Yasser M Awad, Felix Beckers, Daniel C W Tsang, Yong Sik Ok, Jörg Rinklebe
Biochar has been adopted to control the mobility and phytoavailability of trace elements (TEs) in soils. To date, no attempt has been made to determine the mobility and phytoavailability of arsenic (As) and lead (Pb) in a contaminated soil with biochars as amendments under predefined redox potentials (EH). Thus, in this study, a soil contaminated with As and Pb (2047 and 1677 mg kg(-1), respectively) was pre-incubated for 105 days with three amendments (pine sawdust biomass (BM) and two biochars produced from the same feedstock at 300 °C (BC300) and 550 °C (BC550))...
March 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317257/top-down-control-of-carbon-sequestration-grazing-affects-microbial-structure-and-function-in-salt-marsh-soils
#3
Peter Mueller, Dirk Granse, Stefanie Nolte, Hai Thi Do, Magdalena Weingartner, Stefan Hoth, Kai Jensen
Tidal wetlands have been increasingly recognized as long-term carbon sinks in recent years. Work on carbon sequestration and decomposition processes in tidal wetlands focused so far mainly on effects of global-change factors such as sea-level rise and increasing temperatures. However, little is known about effects of land use, such as livestock grazing, on organic matter decomposition and ultimately carbon sequestration. The present work aims at understanding the mechanisms by which large herbivores can affect organic matter decomposition in tidal wetlands...
March 20, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314133/effect-of-wheat-maize-straw-return-on-the-fate-of-nitrate-in-groundwater-in-the-huaihe-river-basin-china
#4
Rongfu Li, Xiaohong Ruan, Ying Bai, Tianhai Ma, Congqiang Liu
Straw return is becoming a routine practice in disposing of crop residues worldwide. However, the potential effect of such operation on the chemistry of local groundwater is not well documented. Here, shallow groundwater in an area where wheat-maize straw return is practiced was analyzed, and the seasonal changes in the nitrate concentration and the isotope compositions of NO3(-) and H2O were determined along two flow paths. Measured δD and δ(18)O in waters indicated that the groundwater was mainly recharged by atmospheric precipitation, while measured δ(15)N and δ(18)O in nitrate suggested that the sources for groundwater NO3(-) included urea fertilizer, soil nitrogen, and sewage/manure...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303526/a-herbivore-tag-and-trace-system-reveals-contact-and-density-dependent-repellence-of-a-root-toxin
#5
Zoe Bont, Carla Arce, Meret Huber, Wei Huang, Adrien Mestrot, Craig J Sturrock, Matthias Erb
Foraging behavior of root feeding organisms strongly affects plant-environment-interactions and ecosystem processes. However, the impact of plant chemistry on root herbivore movement in the soil is poorly understood. Here, we apply a simple technique to trace the movement of soil-dwelling insects in their habitats without disturbing or restricting their interactions with host plants. We tagged the root feeding larvae of Melolontha melolontha with a copper ring and repeatedly located their position in relation to their preferred host plant, Taraxacum officinale, using a commercial metal detector...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293829/plant-growth-in-amended-molybdenum-mine-waste-rock
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Owen T Burney, Edward F Redente, Charles E Lambert
This greenhouse study examined the use of organic and inorganic soil amendments in waste rock material from the former Questa Molybdenum Mine in northern New Mexico to promote beneficial soil properties. Waste rock material was amended with 11 soil amendment treatments that included municipal composted biosolids, Biosol®, inorganic fertilizer, and two controls (pure waste rock and sand). Elymus trachycaulus and Robinia neomexicana growth performance and plant chemistry were assessed across all treatments over a period of 99 and 141 days, respectively...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284113/impacts-of-one-century-of-wastewater-discharge-on-soil-transformation-through-ferrolysis-and-related-metal-pollutant-distributions
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Folkert van Oort, Médard Thiry, Eddy Foy, Kenji Fujisaki, Ghislaine Delarue, Romain Dairon, Toine Jongmans
Discharge of wastewater leading to notable soil surface contamination is widely reported. But few works highlight the fast dynamics of soils and their morphological transformations that may result from such anthropogenic activities. Near Paris (France), sandy Luvisols were irrigated with urban wastewater since the 1890s. Within and outside the discharge area, the soil cover presents decameter-sized cryogenic structures. We studied macro morphological soil characteristics, soil chemistry and clay mineralogy on selected bulk samples, as well as contemporary pedofeatures and related metal pollutant distribution patterns in soil thin sections from subsurface horizons...
March 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265835/heavy-metal-concentrations-in-soils-and-vegetation-in-urban-areas-of-quezon-city-philippines
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Ian A Navarrete, Christella C Gabiana, Joan Ruby E Dumo, Severino G Salmo, Maria Aileen Leah G Guzman, Nestor S Valera, Emilyn Q Espiritu
Limited data have been published on the chemistry of urban soils and vegetation in the Philippines. The aim of this study is to quantify the concentrations of heavy metals (i.e., Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, and Pb) in soils and vegetation in the urban landscape of Quezon City, Philippines, and to elucidate the relationships between soil properties and the concentration of heavy metals pertaining to different land uses [i.e., protected forest (LM), park and wildlife area (PA), landfill (PL), urban poor residential and industrial areas (RA), and commercial areas (CA)]...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258752/long-term-stabilization-of-crop-residues-and-soil-organic-carbon-affected-by-residue-quality-and-initial-soil-ph
#9
Xiaojuan Wang, Clayton R Butterly, Jeff A Baldock, Caixian Tang
Residues differing in quality and carbon (C) chemistry are presumed to contribute differently to soil pH change and long-term soil organic carbon (SOC) pools. This study examined the liming effect of different crop residues (canola, chickpea and wheat) down the soil profile (0-30cm) in two sandy soils differing in initial pH as well as the long-term stability of SOC at the amended layer (0-10cm) using mid-infrared (MIR) and solid-state (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. A field column experiment was conducted for 48months...
February 28, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258748/restoring-ecological-properties-of-acidic-soils-contaminated-with-elemental-sulfur
#10
Michael R McTee, Ylva Lekberg, Lorinda Bullington, Alexii Rummel, Daniel L Mummey, Philip W Ramsey, Nancy W Hinman
Elemental sulfur (S(0)) accumulates in the environment from anthropogenic sources as a byproduct from oil and gas refining and from trap and skeet shooting targets. Bacteria can oxidize S(0) to H2SO4, which acidifies soil. We explored whether combinations of soil amendments can be used to remediate acidic soils contaminated with S(0) by restoring soil chemistry, plant growth, and bacterial communities in a greenhouse. Results were compared to a contamination gradient in a field that had been limed with CaMg(CO3)2 two years prior...
February 28, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254525/release-behavior-of-uranium-in-uranium-mill-tailings-under-environmental-conditions
#11
Bo Liu, Tongjiang Peng, Hongjuan Sun, Huanjuan Yue
Uranium contamination is observed in sedimentary geochemical environments, but the geochemical and mineralogical processes that control uranium release from sediment are not fully appreciated. Identification of how sediments and water influence the release and migration of uranium is critical to improve the prevention of uranium contamination in soil and groundwater. To understand the process of uranium release and migration from uranium mill tailings under water chemistry conditions, uranium mill tailing samples from northwest China were investigated with batch leaching experiments...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238285/urogenital-schistosomiasis-and-soil-transmitted-helminthiasis-sth-in-cameroon-an-epidemiological-update-at-barombi-mbo-and-barombi-kotto-crater-lakes-assessing-prospects-for-intensified-control-interventions
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Suzy J Campbell, J Russell Stothard, Faye O'Halloran, Deborah Sankey, Timothy Durant, Dieudonné Eloundou Ombede, Gwladys Djomkam Chuinteu, Bonnie L Webster, Lucas Cunningham, E James LaCourse, Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuenté
BACKGROUND: The crater lakes of Barombi Mbo and Barombi Kotto are well-known transmission foci of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis having had several important control initiatives previously. To collect contemporary epidemiological information, a cross-sectional survey was undertaken inclusive of: signs and symptoms of disease, individual treatment histories, local water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)-related factors and malacological surveillance, with molecular characterisation of specimens...
February 27, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225787/forest-dynamics-in-the-u-s-indicate-disproportionate-attrition-in-western-forests-rural-areas-and-public-lands
#13
Sheng Yang, Giorgos Mountrakis
Forests are experiencing significant changes; studying geographic patterns in forests is critical in understanding the impact of forest dynamics to biodiversity, soil erosion, water chemistry and climate. Few studies have examined forest geographic pattern changes other than fragmentation; however, other spatial processes of forest dynamics are of equal importance. Here, we study forest attrition, the complete removal of forest patches, that can result in complete habitat loss, severe decline of population sizes and species richness, and shifts of local and regional environmental conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192471/the-abundance-and-diversity-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-are-linked-to-the-soil-chemistry-of-screes-and-to-slope-in-the-alpic-paleo-endemic-berardia-subacaulis
#14
Gabriele Casazza, Erica Lumini, Enrico Ercole, Francesco Dovana, Maria Guerrina, Annamaria Arnulfo, Luigi Minuto, Anna Fusconi, Marco Mucciarelli
Berardia subacaulis Vill. is a monospecific genus that is endemic to the South-western Alps, where it grows on alpine screes, which are extreme habitats characterized by soil disturbance and limiting growth conditions. Root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) is presumably of great importance in these environments, because of its positive effect on plant nutrition and stress tolerance, as well as on structuring the soil. However, there is currently a lack of information on this topic. In this paper, we tested which soil characteristics and biotic factors could contribute to determining the abundance and community composition of AMF in the roots of B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191585/soil-microbial-communities-alter-leaf-chemistry-and-influence-allelopathic-potential-among-coexisting-plant-species
#15
Scott J Meiners, Kelsey K Phipps, Thomas H Pendergast, Thomas Canam, Walter P Carson
While both plant-soil feedbacks and allelochemical interactions are key drivers of plant community dynamics, the potential for these two drivers to interact with each other remains largely unexplored. If soil microbes influence allelochemical production, this would represent a novel dimension of heterogeneity in plant-soil feedbacks. To explore the linkage between soil microbial communities and plant chemistry, we experimentally generated soil microbial communities and evaluated their impact on leaf chemical composition and allelopathic potential...
April 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177416/effects-of-biochar-on-dispersibility-of-colloids-in-agricultural-soils
#16
K G I D Kumari, Per Moldrup, Marcos Paradelo, Lars Elsgaard, Lis W de Jonge
The mobility of water-dispersible colloids (WDCs) in soil may be influenced by soil management practices such as organic soil amendments. Biochar has recently been promoted as a useful soil amendment, and extensive research has been devoted to investigating its effects on soil macroscopic properties and functions. However, there is limited understanding of the effects of biochar application on micro-scale particle dynamics. We conducted a field study to investigate the effects of the application of birch ( spp...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164788/variations-in-the-bacterial-community-compositions-at-different-sites-in-the-tomb-of-emperor-yang-of-the-sui-dynasty
#17
Zhi Huang, Fei Zhao, Yonghui Li, Jianwei Zhang, Youzhi Feng
To fully understand the bacterial processes in tomb environments, it is necessary to investigate the details of the bacterial communities present under such oligotrophic conditions. Here, high-throughput sequencing based on partial 16S rRNA gene sequences was used to fully evaluate the bacterial communities at different sites in the tomb of Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty. We also aimed to identify the soil factors that were significant related to bacterial diversity and community composition. The results showed the presence of a broad taxonomic diversity that included nine major phyla...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160641/contribution-of-glomalin-to-dissolve-organic-carbon-under-different-land-uses-and-seasonality-in-dry-tropics
#18
Ashutosh Kumar Singh, Apurva Rai, Vivek Pandey, Nandita Singh
Glomalin related soil protein (GRSP) is a hydrophobic glycoprotein that is significant for soil organic carbon (SOC) persistence and sequestration, owing to its large contribution to SOC pool and long turnover time. However, the contribution of GRSP to dissolve OC (DOC) leach from soil is not yet comprehensively explored, though it could have implication in understanding SOC dynamics. We, therefore, aim to measure the contribution of GRSP to DOC, in a range of land uses and climatic seasons in the dry tropical ecosystem...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157614/machine-learning-for-the-prediction-of-l-%C3%A2-chinensis-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-contents-and-understanding-of-mechanisms-underlying-grassland-degradation
#19
Yuefen Li, Shuo Liang, Yiying Zhao, Wenbo Li, Yuejiao Wang
The grasslands of Western Jilin Province in China have experienced severe degradation during the last 50 years. Radial basis function neural networks (RBFNN) and support vector machines (SVM) were used to predict the carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus contents of Leymus chinensis (L. chinensis) and explore the degree of grassland degradation using the matter-element extension model. Both RBFNN and SVM demonstrated good prediction accuracy. The results indicated that there was severe degradation, as samples were mainly concentrated in the 3rd and 4th levels...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153399/changes-in-surface-water-chemistry-caused-by-natural-forest-dieback-in-an-unmanaged-mountain-catchment
#20
J Kopáček, H Fluksová, J Hejzlar, J Kaňa, P Porcal, J Turek
Ionic and nutrient compositions of throughfall, tributaries and lake outlet were analysed in the Plešné catchment-lake system (an unmanaged mountain forest in Central Europe) from 1997 to 2016. The aim was to evaluate changes in surface water chemistry after natural forest dieback. In the 2004-2008, 93% of the Norway spruce trees were killed by bark beetle outbreak, and all dead biomass remained in the catchment. Forest dieback changed the chemistry of all water fluxes, and the magnitude, timing, and duration of these changes differed for individual water constituents...
April 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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