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Quentin Struelens, Karina Gonzales Pomar, Susi Loza Herrera, Gaby Nina Huanca, Olivier Dangles, François Rebaudo
Grazing areas management is of utmost importance in the Andean region. In the valleys of the Bolivian Cordillera Real near La Paz, pastoralism constitutes the traditional way for people to insure food security and economical sustainability. In these harsh mountains, unique and productive wetlands sustained by glacial water streams are of utmost importance for feeding cattle herds during the dry season. After the colonization by the Spanish, a shift in livestock species has been observed, with the introduction of exotic species such as cows and sheep, resulting in a different impact on pastures compared to native camelid species-llamas and alpacas...
2017: PloS One
Yuxin Qiao, Xiaoyan Zhao, Jun Zhu, Ran Tu, Libing Dong, Li Wang, Zhiyang Dong, Qinhong Wang, Wenbin Du
Lipases are ubiquitous enzymes of great physiological significance that have been used extensively in multiple industries. Environmental microorganisms are a major source for the discovery of novel lipases with high catalytic efficiency and selectivity. However, current plate-based screening of lipase-producing strains is time consuming, labour intensive and inefficient. In this study, we developed an ultra-high throughput screening pipeline for lipase-producing strains based on fluorescence-activated droplet sorting (FADS) using a compact optical system that could be easily set up in an alignment-free manner...
December 11, 2017: Lab on a Chip
Sujay S Kaushal, Arthur J Gold, Paul M Mayer
Land use and climate change can accelerate the depletion of freshwater resources that support humans and ecosystem services on a global scale. Here, we briefly review studies from around the world, and highlight those in this special issue. We identify stages that characterize increasing interaction between land use and climate change. During the first stage, hydrologic modifications and the built environment amplify overland flow via processes associated with runoff-dominated ecosystems (e.g., soil compaction, impervious surface cover, drainage, and channelization)...
October 24, 2017: Water
F Masi, A Rizzo, M Regelsberger
Wastewater management is included in one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 6 is dedicated to water and sanitation and sets out to "ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all". SDG 6 expands the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focus on drinking water and basic sanitation to now cover the entire water cycle, including the management of water, wastewater and ecosystem resources. A UN report in 2017 states that likely over 80% of the wastewater worldwide is still discharged without adequate treatment...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
M Kania, M Gautier, Z Ni, E Bonjour, R Guégan, P Michel, P Jame, J Liu, R Gourdon
The design of French VFCWs leads to the formation of a sludge layer at the surface of the first filters due to the retention of suspended solids from the percolation of unsettled wastewater. This layer plays a major role in the system but still little is known on its characteristics and evolutions. In this study, suspended solids and sludge deposits sampled from two French VFCW plants were analyzed by different methods in the objective to assess the evolution of particulate organic matter (POM) along the treatment chain and within the sludge layer, and identify relevant analytical indicators of these phenomena...
December 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Jie Zhang, Shuo Jiao, Yahai Lu
Natural wetlands and anthropogenic paddy fields are the dominant biogenic sources of atmospheric methane emission which have been speculated as the most probable sources for the increase of post-2006 atmospheric methane. Regional differences in CH4 emission is possibly due to microbial biogeographic distribution. Here we collected soils from 19 wetlands from different regions in China. The methane production capacity (MPC) was measured for each soil samples and varied from 1.11 to 841.94mg/kg dry soil. High throughput sequencing was employed to investigate the diversity and composition of bacterial, archaeal and methanogenic communities...
December 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
W J de Lange, B Genthe, L Hill, P J Oberholster
Before the introduction of reclamation legislation in South Africa, final cut lakes in mining areas were left without any restoration while the final excavation was not back filled. Characteristics of these lacustrine water bodies vary considerably, but they are often linear in shape, large (1-30 ha), deep (2-30 m) and have poorly developed littoral zones. With water tables often near the surface; a variety of vascular hydrophytes can colonize these bodies, thus establishing emerging wetland type ecosystems...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Angela M Hansen, Tamara E C Kraus, Sandra M Bachand, William R Horwath, Philip A M Bachand
Constructed wetlands are used worldwide to improve water quality while also providing critical wetland habitat. However, wetlands have the potential to negatively impact drinking water quality by exporting dissolved organic carbon (DOC) that upon disinfection can form disinfection byproducts (DBPs) like trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). We used a replicated field-scale study located on organic rich soils in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to test whether constructed flow-through wetlands which receive water high in DOC that is treated with either iron- or aluminum-based coagulants can improve water quality with respect to DBP formation...
December 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
María Laura Miserendino, Cecilia Brand, Luis B Epele, Cecilia Y Di Prinzio, Guillermo H Omad, Miguel Archangelsky, Oscar Martínez, Adriana M Kutschker
Patagonia is by far the largest glacierized area in South America. However, little is known about ecology, functioning and biodiversity of glacier-fed streams facing global warming. We investigated changes in environmental features and macroinvertebrate communities along a longitudinal gradient of glacier influence of two Patagonian systems that differ in glacier cover magnitude and the spatial sequence of lotic and lentic phases. Both glaciers, Torrecillas (~5.5km2, Torrecillas system) and Cónico (~0.44km2, Baggilt system), are retreating...
December 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Liying Yan, Songhe Zhang, Da Lin, Chuan Guo, Lingling Yan, Supeng Wang, Zhenli He
Submerged macrophytes and biofilms are important components of wetlands. However, little is known about the changes of microbes in biofilms attached to submerged macrophytes upon nitrogen loading. This study investigated the changes of microbes, algae, nitrifiers and denitrifiers in biofilms attached to the leaves of artificial plants (AP), Potamogeton malaianus (PM), Vallisneria natans (VN) and Hydrilla verticillata (HV) under varied initial concentrations of total nitrogen (TN). Nitrogen addition increased biofilm biomass and changed dissolved oxygen concentrations and pH values in overlaying water...
December 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Sunitha R Pangala, Alex Enrich-Prast, Luana S Basso, Roberta Bittencourt Peixoto, David Bastviken, Edward R C Hornibrook, Luciana V Gatti, Humberto Ribeiro, Luana Silva Braucks Calazans, Cassia Mônica Sakuragui, Wanderley Rodrigues Bastos, Olaf Malm, Emanuel Gloor, John Bharat Miller, Vincent Gauci
Wetlands are the largest global source of atmospheric methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas. However, methane emission inventories from the Amazon floodplain, the largest natural geographic source of CH4 in the tropics, consistently underestimate the atmospheric burden of CH4 determined via remote sensing and inversion modelling, pointing to a major gap in our understanding of the contribution of these ecosystems to CH4 emissions. Here we report CH4 fluxes from the stems of 2,357 individual Amazonian floodplain trees from 13 locations across the central Amazon basin...
December 4, 2017: Nature
Marius Gilbert, Xiangming Xiao, Timothy P Robinson
Several kinds of pressure can lead to the emergence of infectious diseases. In the case of zoonoses emerging from livestock, one of the most significant changes that has taken place since the mid twentieth century is what has been termed the "livestock revolution", whereby the stock of food animals, their productivity and their trade has increased rapidly to feed rising and increasingly wealthy and urbanized populations. Further increases are projected in the future in low and middle-income countries. Using avian influenza as an example, we discuss how the emergence of avian influenza H5N1 and H7N9 in China was linked to rapid intensification of the poultry sector taking place in landscapes rich in wetland agriculture and wild waterfowls habitats, providing an extensive interface with the wild reservoir of avian influenza viruses...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
Derek Muir, Denina Simmons, Xiaowa Wang, Tom Peart, Maria Villella, Jason Miller, Jim Sherry
The bioaccumulation of a broad range of pharmaceuticals and personal care product chemicals (PPCPs) was studied in Cootes Paradise Marsh (CPM), an urban wetland that receives tertiary treated municipal waste waters as well as urban storm runoff. We measured PPCPs in caged and wild goldfish, as well as wild carp, and compared observed bioaccumulation factors (BAFP) using concentrations in surface waters and fish blood plasma, with modeled BAFs. Thirty-two PPCPs were detected in water from the central CPM site (CPM3) while 64 PPCPs were found at higher concentrations at a site immediately downstream of the effluent outflow (CPM1)...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Gregory H Golet, Candace Low, Simon Avery, Katie Andrews, Christopher J McColl, Rheyna Laney, Mark D Reynolds
To help mitigate large wetland losses in California, The Nature Conservancy launched a dynamic conservation incentive program to create temporary wetland habitats in harvested and fallow rice fields for shorebirds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. Farmers were invited to participate in a reverse auction bidding process and winning bids were selected based on their cost and potential to provide high quality shorebird habitat. This was done in 2014 and 2015, for separate enrollment periods that overlapped with spring and fall migration, both before and after the traditional post-harvest flooding period...
December 2, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Shujun Jiang, Ling Wang, Minggang Zheng, Yinghua Lou, Lei Shi
Human activity in estuarine areas has resulted in pollution of the aquatic environment, but little is known about the levels of synthetic musks (SMs) in river water and sediments in estuarine areas. This study investigated the concentrations and distribution of SMs in the Jiaozhou Bay wetland, including celestolide, phantolide, traseolide, galaxolide (HHCB), tonalide (AHTN), musk xylene and musk ketone (MK). The SMs HHCB, AHTN and MK were detected at concentrations of 10.7-208, not detected (ND)-59.2 and ND-13...
December 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xinwen Zhang, Zhen Hu, Huu Hao Ngo, Jian Zhang, Wenshan Guo, Shuang Liang, Huijun Xie
Insufficient oxygen supply is identified as one of the major factors limiting organic pollutant and nitrogen (N) removal in constructed wetlands (CWs). This study designed a novel aerated vertical flow constructed wetland (VFCW) using waste gas from biological wastewater treatment systems to improve pollutant removal in CWs, its potential in purifying waste gas was also identified. Compared with unaerated VFCW, the introduction of waste gas significantly improved NH4+-N and TN removal efficiencies by 128.48 ± 3...
November 28, 2017: Water Research
Xiaoteng Lu, Jie Huang, Chen Shao, Helmut Berger
The hypotrich Schmidingerothrix elongata spec. nov., discovered in saline (20‰) soil of the Longfeng Wetland, Daqing, northern China, was studied using live observation and protargol impregnation. It is characterized, inter alia, by colorless cortical granules arranged in short rows, three frontoventral cirral rows with the rightmost extending far posteriorly, and 4-8, usually six macronuclear nodules. Cell division proceeds as in congeners and confirms the lack of dorsal ciliature. In phylogenetic analyses based on SSU rDNA, S...
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
Jeng-Wei Tsai, Hon-Jung Liew, Jyun-Jiang Jhang, Shiou-Han Hung, Pei-Jie Meng, Ming-Yih Leu, Christopher Lim, Cheng-Hao Tang
The mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) naturally inhabits freshwater (FW; 1-3‰) and seawater (SW; 28-33‰) ponds in constructed wetland. To explore the physiological status and molecular mechanisms for salinity adaptation of the mosquitofish, cytoprotective responses and osmoregulation were examined. In the field study, activation of protein quality control (PQC) mechanism through upregulation of the abundance of heat shock protein (HSP) 90 and 70 and ubiquitin-conjugated proteins was found in the mosquitofish gills from SW pond compared to the individuals of FW pond...
December 1, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Hongpeng Cui, Xin Su, Shiping Wei, Youhai Zhu, Zhenquan Lu, Yanfa Wang, Yuejiao Li, Hui Liu, Shuai Zhang, Shouji Pang
Wetlands are an important methane (CH4) emission source. CH4 is mainly produced during the biogeochemical process, in which methanogens and methanotrophs both play important roles. However, little is known how these two microbial communities change under different water regimes. In this study, the diversity and abundance of methanogens and methanotrophs in wetlands on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau with different water contents (a high water content site DZ2-14-3 and a low water content site DZ2-14-4) were studied by using phylogenetic analysis and quantitative PCR based on mcrA gene and pmoA gene...
November 29, 2017: Current Microbiology
Archibold Buah-Kwofie, Marc S Humphries, Letitia Pillay
Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) have been used extensively in the eastern regions of South Africa for agricultural and malaria control purposes, yet few data exist on the local environmental and social impacts of these compounds. Such issues have become of increasing concern in the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site, where the continued use of OCPs may pose risks to several sensitive and protected species. This study was designed to examine the bioaccumulation of OCPs in two common fish species, Oreochromis mossambicus (Mozambique tilapia) and Clarias gariepinus (African sharptooth catfish) from iSimangaliso Wetland Park...
November 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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