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Kiley Daley, Rob Jamieson, Daniel Rainham, Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen
Wastewater management in Canadian Arctic communities is influenced by several geographical factors including climate, remoteness, population size, and local food-harvesting practices. Most communities use trucked collection services and basic treatment systems, which are capable of only low-level pathogen removal. These systems are typically reliant solely on natural environmental processes for treatment and make use of existing lagoons, wetlands, and bays. They are operated in a manner such that partially treated wastewater still containing potentially hazardous microorganisms is released into the terrestrial and aquatic environment at random times...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
N S Cunha, M R Magalhães, T Domingos, M M Abreu, C Küpfer
In the last decades, the increasing vulnerability of floodplains is linked to societal changes such as population density growth, land use changes, water use patterns, among other factors. Land morphology directly influences surface water flow, transport of sediments, soil genesis, local climate and vegetation distribution. Therefore, the land morphology, the land used and management directly influences flood risks genesis. However, attention is not always given to the underlying geomorphological and ecological processes that influence the dynamic of rivers and their floodplains...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Peter O Hopcroft, Paul J Valdes, Fiona M O'Connor, Jed O Kaplan, David J Beerling
Atmospheric methane (CH4) varied with climate during the Quaternary, rising from a concentration of 375 p.p.b.v. during the last glacial maximum (LGM) 21,000 years ago, to 680 p.p.b.v. at the beginning of the industrial revolution. However, the causes of this increase remain unclear; proposed hypotheses rely on fluctuations in either the magnitude of CH4 sources or CH4 atmospheric lifetime, or both. Here we use an Earth System model to provide a comprehensive assessment of these competing hypotheses, including estimates of uncertainty...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
Ping Tang, Bohai Yu, Yongchao Zhou, Yiping Zhang, Jin Li
The horizontal subsurface constructed wetland (HSSF CW) is a highly effective technique for stormwater treatment. However, progressive clogging in HSSF CW is a widespread operational problem. The aim of this study was to understand the clogging development of HSSF CWs during stormwater treatment and to assess the influence of microorganisms and vegetation on the clogging. Moreover, the hydraulic performance of HSSF CWs in the process of clogging was evaluated in a tracer experiment. The results show that the HSSF CW can be divided into two sections, section I (circa 0-35 cm) and section II (circa 35-110 cm)...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Adrienne B Narrowe, Jordan C Angle, Rebecca A Daly, Kay C Stefanik, Kelly C Wrighton, Christopher S Miller
Despite being key contributors to biogeochemical processes, archaea are frequently outnumbered by bacteria, and consequently are underrepresented in combined molecular surveys. Here, we demonstrate an approach to concurrently survey the archaea alongside the bacteria with high-resolution 16S rRNA gene sequencing, linking these community data to geochemical parameters. We applied this integrated analysis to hydric soils sampled across a model methane-emitting freshwater wetland. Geochemical profiles, archaeal communities, and bacterial communities were independently correlated with soil depth and water cover...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
Rong Mao, Si-Yue Li, Xin-Hou Zhang, Xian-Wei Wang, Chang-Chun Song
Understanding how P enrichment alters the quantity and quality of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is important, because of their role in regulating the C cycle. Here, we established a four-level P addition experiment (0, 1.2, 4.8, and 9.6gPm(-2)year(-1)) in a N-limited freshwater wetland in the Sanjiang Plain, Northeast China. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of eight years of P addition on DOC concentration, SUVA254 (Abs(254)/DOC concentration, indicating the aromaticity of DOC), C:C ratio (Abs(400)/DOC concentration, indicating the proportion of colored humic substances in DOC), and E4:E6 ratio (Abs(465)/Abs(665), indicating the molecular size of humic substances) in surface water and soil pore water (0-15cm depth) during the growing season (June through September)...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Anthony D Fox, Kenneth F Abraham
The energy and nutrient content of most agricultural crops are as good as or superior to natural foods for wild geese and they tend to be available in agricultural landscapes in far greater abundance. Artificial grasslands (fertilised native swards and intensively managed reseeds) offer far superior quality forage and higher intake rates than seminatural or natural grasslands. The availability of such abundant artificial food explains the abandonment of traditional habitats for farmland by geese over the last 50-100 years and favours no reduction in current levels of exploitation of agriculture...
March 2017: Ambio
Jie Hou, Ling Xia, Tao Ma, Yiqing Zhang, Yiyong Zhou, Xugang He
This study aim to enhance nitrogen removal performance via shifting nitrogen removal pathway from nitrate to nitrite pathway. It was demonstrated that nitrite pathway was successfully and stably achieved in CWs by using modified intermittent aeration control with aeration 20min/non-aeration 100min and reducing DO concentration during aeration, nitrite in the effluent could accumulate to over 70% of the total oxidized nitrogen. Q-PCR analysis showed that nitrifying microbial communities were optimized under the alternating anoxic and aerobic conditions, ammonia oxidizing bacteria increased from 7...
February 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Andy Vinten, James Sample, Adekunle Ibiyemi, Yakubu Abdul-Salam, Marc Stutter
The cost-effectiveness of six edge-of-field measures for mitigating diffuse pollution from sediment bound phosphorus (P) runoff from temperate arable farmland is analysed at catchment/field scales. These measures were: buffer strips, permanent grassland in the lowest 7% of arable fields, dry detention bunds, wetlands, and temporary barriers such as sediment fences. Baseline field P export was estimated using export coefficients (low risk crops) or a modified Universal Soil Loss Equation (high risk crops). The impact of measures was estimated using simple equations...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Amaya Sánchez-Gómez, Carmen Amela, Eduardo Fernández-Carrión, Marta Martínez-Avilés, José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, María José Sierra-Moros
West Nile fever is an emergent disease in Europe. The objective of this study was to conduct a predictive risk mapping of West Nile Virus (WNV) circulation in Spain based on historical data of WNV circulation. Areas of Spain with evidence of WNV circulation were mapped based on data from notifications to the surveillance systems and a literature review. A logistic regression-based spatial model was used to assess the probability of WNV circulation. Data were analyzed at municipality level. Mean temperatures of the period from June to October, presence of wetlands and presence of Special Protection Areas for birds were considered as potential predictors...
February 14, 2017: Acta Tropica
Wenhui Cui, Ting Fong May Chui
Brackish tidal ponds have been constructed along coastal areas in many parts of the world for aquaculture, including some Ramsar Sites. Such ponds are considered a sustainable, wise use of wetlands if managed properly, but they can also pose serious environmental problems if mismanaged. To understand the governing processes and to promote sustainable management strategies, this study examines the different temporal variations in water quality parameters in a brackish tidal pond located within the wetland complex of the Mai Po Ramsar Site in Hong Kong, China...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Michael Ibsen, Dinesh Fernando, Ayush Kumar, Andrea Kirkwood
The alga <i>Cladophora glomerata</i> can erupt in nuisance blooms throughout the lower Great Lakes. Since bacterial abundance increases with the emergence and decay of <i>Cladophora</i>, we investigated the prevalence of antibiotic resistance (ABR) in <i>Cladophora</i>-associated bacterial communities up-gradient and down-gradient from a large sewage treatment plant (STP) on Lake Ontario. Although STPs are well-known sources of ABR, we also expected detectable ABR from up-gradient wetland communities since they receive surface run-off from urban and agricultural sources...
February 13, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Bernhard Pucher, Hernán Ruiz, Joëlle Paing, Florent Chazarenc, Pascal Molle, Guenter Langergraber
This simulation study investigates the treatment performance of a compact French vertical flow wetland using a zeolite layer in order to increase ammonium nitrogen removal. For the modelling exercise, the biokinetic model CW2D of the HYDRUS Wetland Module is used. The calibrated model is able to predict the effect of different depths of the zeolite layer on ammonium nitrogen removal in order to optimize the design of the system. For the model calibration, the hydraulic effluent flow rates as well as influent and effluent concentrations of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and NH4-N have been measured...
February 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Shengjie Hu, Zhenguo Niu, Yanfen Chen, Lifeng Li, Haiying Zhang
Even though researchers have paid a great deal of attention to wetland loss and status, the actual extent of wetland loss on a global scale, especially the loss caused directly by human activities, and the actual extent of currently surviving wetlands remains uncertain. This paper simulated the potential distribution of global wetlands by employing a new Precipitation Topographic Wetness Index (PTWI) and global remote sensing training samples. The results show earth would have approximately 29.83millionkm(2) of wetlands, if humans did not interfere with wetland ecosystems...
February 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Xin Jin, Weijun Tian, Qing Liu, Kaili Qiao, Jing Zhao, Xiaoxi Gong
To remove benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) that has accumulated in the Jiaozhou Bay wetland sediment, two strains (JB1 and JB2) were selected from the BaP-contaminated the wetland sediment and immobilized in coal cinder and chitosan beads using entrapping and surface adsorption methods. Biodegradation of BaP in sediment was carried out in pots. The results showed that, supported by the coal cinder and chitosan beads, 71.9, 65.5, 58.9 and 66.1% of the BaP in the immobilized cells was degraded after 40d. These percentages were clearly higher than the 47...
February 8, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Ranju Chowdhury, Paulo J C Favas, M P Jonathan, Perumal Venkatachalam, P Raja, Santosh Kumar Sarkar
The study accentuated the trace metal accumulation and distribution pattern in individual organs of 13 native mangrove plants along with rhizosediments in the Indian Sundarban Wetland. Enrichment of the essential micronutrients (Mn, Fe, Zn, Cu, Co, Ni) was recorded in all plant organs in comparison to non-essential ones, such as Cr, As, Pb, Cd, Hg. Trunk bark and root/pneumatophore showed maximum metal accumulation efficiency. Rhizosediment recorded manifold increase for most of the trace metals than plant tissue, with the following descending order: Fe>Mn>Zn>Cu>Pb>Ni>Cr>Co>As>Cd>Hg...
February 7, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Ranbin Liu, Yaqian Zhao, Jinhui Zhao, Lei Xu, Caroline Sibille
In the present study, a novel green bio-sorption reactor (GBR) was firstly proposed and preliminarily investigated by embedding constructed wetland (CW) into the aeration tank of the conventional activated sludge (CAS). This integrated novel system owns the striking features of adding carriers of wetland substrate (i.e. the dewatered alum sludge in this case) in CAS for robust phosphorus adsorption and enriching the biomass. Meanwhile, the "green" feature of this GBR imparted aesthetic value of CW to the CAS system...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Amy E Yahnke, Christian E Grue, Marc P Hayes, Schuyler Pearman-Gillman
Aquatic herbicides are used to manage invasive emergent plants in and around wetlands. Metamorphic frogs that emerge during the aquatic weed management season may be at risk of herbicide exposure. Metamorphic northern red-legged frogs (Rana aurora) were exposed to a triclopyr tank mix labelled for control of broadleaf emergent aquatic weeds such as invasive purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). The tank mix consisted of Renovate® 3 (triclopyr triethylamine salt [TEA] 44.4%), the modified vegetable oil surfactant Competitor®, and marker dye Hi-Light®...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Zothanpuia, Ajit K Passari, Preeti Chandra, Vincent V Leo, Vineet K Mishra, Brijesh Kumar, Bhim P Singh
The genus Streptomyces under phylum actinobacteria has been recognized as a prolific source for the production of bioactive secondary metabolites. An actinobacterial strain designated as DST103 isolated from a wetland fresh water sediment of Tamdil Lake, Mizoram, Northeast, India was identified as Streptomyces cyaneofuscatus (KY287599) using 16SrRNA gene sequencing which shares 99.87% sequence similarity with Streptomyces cyaneofuscatus NRRL B-2570 (T) . The strain showed broad spectrum antimicrobial activities against Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli MTCC 739 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa MTCC 2453), Gram positive bacteria (Micrococcus luteus NCIM 2170 and Staphylococcus aureus MTCC 96) and yeast pathogen Candida albicans MTCC 3017)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Min Liu, Ying Cui, Yuqing Chen, Xiangzhi Lin, Huiqin Huang, Shixiang Bao
Members of the genus Bacillus and related spore-forming genera are ubiquitous. However, Bacillus-like species isolated from marine sediments have attracted less interest than their terrestrial relatives. Here, we investigated the diversity of Bacillus-like bacterial communities in the sediments of the Bamenwan mangrove wetland in Hainan, China, using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods, and present the first report on this subject. We also discovered some potential novel species from the sediment samples...
November 28, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
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