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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822939/short-term-effects-of-spring-prescribed-burning-on-the-understory-vegetation-of-a-pinushalepensis-forest-in-northeastern-spain
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Laura Fuentes, Beatriz Duguy, Daniel Nadal-Sala
Since the 1970s, fire regimes have been modified in the Northern Mediterranean region due to profound landscape changes mostly driven by socioeconomic factors, such as rural abandonment and large-scale plantations. Both fuel accumulation and the increasing vegetation spatial continuity, combined with the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, have enhanced fire risk and the occurrence of large wildfires. This situation will likely worsen under the projected aridity increase resulting from climate change...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822931/adherence-of-microplastics-to-soft-tissue-of-mussels-a-novel-way-to-uptake-microplastics-beyond-ingestion
#2
Prabhu Kolandhasamy, Lei Su, Jiana Li, Xiaoyun Qu, Khalida Jabeen, Huahong Shi
Microplastic pollution is recognized as an emerging threat to aquatic ecosystems. One of the main environmental risks associated with microplastics is their bioavailability to marine organisms. Up to date, ingestion has been widely accepted as the sole way for the animals to uptake microplastics. Nevertheless, microplastics have also been found in some organs which are not involved in the process of ingestion. We hypothesize that the animal might uptake microplastics through adherence in addition to ingestion...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822923/sequential-exposure-to-low-levels-of-pesticides-and-temperature-stress-increase-toxicological-sensitivity-of-crustaceans
#3
Renato Russo, Jeremias Martin Becker, Matthias Liess
Frequent pesticide-related impacts on ecosystems at concentrations considered environmentally safe indicate that the current risk assessment framework for registration of pesticides is not protective enough. Causes may include difficulties in assessing the effects of sequential pesticide pulses and their interaction with environmental stressors. By contrast to such realistic scenarios, risk assessment for registration of pesticides is typically based on tests of a single exposure period under benign laboratory conditions...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822891/comparative-toxicity-of-the-plasticizer-dibutyl-phthalate-to-two-freshwater-algae
#4
Shurui Gu, Hao Zheng, Qingqing Xu, Cuizhu Sun, Mei Shi, Zhenyu Wang, Fengmin Li
Phthalate esters (PAEs), a family of emerging environmental contaminants, have been frequently detected in soils and water. However, intensive studies on the toxicity of PAEs have focused on growth response of terrestrial and aquatic animals, while only limited attention has been paid to aquatic plants, especially phytoplankton, the primary producer in aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, the acute toxic effects and underlying mechanisms of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) at different concentrations (0-20mgL(-1)) on two typical freshwater algae (Scenedesmus obliquus and Chlorella pyrenoidosa) were investigated...
August 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822617/microbiota-dysbiosis-in-select-human-cancers-evidence-of-association-and-causality
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Jie Chen, Jada C Domingue, Cynthia L Sears
The human microbiota is a complex ecosystem of diverse microorganisms consisting of bacteria, viruses, and fungi residing predominantly in epidermal and mucosal habitats across the body, such as skin, oral cavity, lung, intestine and vagina. These symbiotic communities in health, or dysbiotic communities in disease, display tremendous interaction with the local environment and systemic responses, playing a critical role in the host's nutrition, immunity, metabolism and diseases including cancers. While the profiling of normal microbiota in healthy populations is useful and necessary, more recent studies have focused on the microbiota associated with disease, particularly cancers...
August 16, 2017: Seminars in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822345/assessment-of-oxidative-stress-and-bioaccumulation-of-the-metals-cu-fe-zn-pb-cd-in-the-polychaete-perinereis-gualpensis-from-estuaries-of-central-chile
#6
Hernán Gaete, Manuel Álvarez, Gabriela Lobos, Eulogio Soto, Carlos Jara-Gutiérrez
The estuaries of the Aconcagua and Maipo Rivers of central Chile are receptors of residues that contain metals from anthropic activities including agriculture, mining and smelters, which have different levels in the two basins. This study postulates that the exposition to metals is different in the two estuaries and that their sediments contain bioavailable chemical agents that produce oxidative stress. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of estuarine sediments on the polychaete Perinereis gualpensis using oxidative stress biomarkers and to determine the metal concentrations in sediments and their accumulation in P...
August 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822342/responses-of-trophic-structure-and-zooplankton-community-to-salinity-and-temperature-in-tibetan-lakes-implication-for-the-effect-of-climate-warming
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Qiuqi Lin, Lei Xu, Juzhi Hou, Zhengwen Liu, Erik Jeppesen, Bo-Ping Han
Warming has pronounced effects on lake ecosystems, either directly by increased temperatures or indirectly by a change in salinity. We investigated the current status of zooplankton communities and trophic structure in 45 Tibetan lakes along a 2300 m altitude and a 76 g/l salinity gradient. Freshwater to hyposaline lakes mainly had three trophic levels: phytoplankton, small zooplankton and fish/Gammarus, while mesosaline to hypersaline lakes only had two: phytoplankton and large zooplankton. Zooplankton species richness declined significantly with salinity, but did not relate with temperature...
August 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822339/effects-of-simulated-n-deposition-on-foliar-nutrient-status-n-metabolism-and-photosynthetic-capacity-of-three-dominant-understory-plant-species-in-a-mature-tropical-forest
#8
Qinggong Mao, Xiankai Lu, Hui Mo, Per Gundersen, Jiangming Mo
Anthropogenic increase of nitrogen (N) deposition has threatened forest ecosystem health at both regional and global scales. In N-limited ecosystems, atmospheric N input is regarded as an important nutrient source for plant growth. However, it remains an open question on how elevated N deposition affects plant growth in N-rich forest ecosystems. To address this question, we used a simulated N deposition experiment in an N-rich mature tropical forest of southern China, with N addition levels as 0kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (Control), 50kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (Low-N), 100kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (Middle-N) and 150kgNha(-1)yr(-1) (High-N), respectively...
August 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822331/evidence-of-low-dose-effects-of-the-antidepressant-fluoxetine-and-the-fungicide-prochloraz-on-the-behavior-of-the-keystone-freshwater-invertebrate-gammarus-pulex
#9
N De Castro-Català, I Muñoz, J L Riera, A T Ford
In recent years, behavior-related endpoints have been proposed as rapid and reliable ecotoxicological tools for risk assessment. In particular, the use of detritivores to test the toxicity of pollutants through feeding is currently becoming a well-known method. Experiments combining feeding with other behavioral endpoints can provide relevant information about direct and indirect toxicological effects of chemicals. We carried out a feeding experiment with the shredder Gammarus pulex in order to detect indirect (through leaf conditioning) and direct effects (through water exposure) of two pollutants at environmentally relevant concentrations: the fungicide prochloraz (6 μg/L) and the antidepressant fluoxetine (100 ng/L)...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822287/blue-light-induced-free-radicals-from-riboflavin-in-degradation-of-crystal-violet-by-microbial-viability-evaluation
#10
Ji-Yuan Liang, Jeu-Ming P Yuann, Zong-Jhe Hsie, Shiuh-Tsuen Huang, Chiing-Chang Chen
Crystal violet (CV) is applied in daily use mainly as a commercial dye and antimicrobial agent. Waste water containing CV may affect aquatic ecosystems. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is non-toxic and an essential vitamin required for the functions of the human body. Riboflavin is photosensitive to UV and visible light in terms of generating reactive oxygen species. This study investigated the potential application of blue light on riboflavin, so as to come up with an effective way of degrading CV during its treatment...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822043/industrial-pollution-and-the-management-of-river-water-quality-a-model-of-kelani-river-sri-lanka
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Asha Gunawardena, E M S Wijeratne, Ben White, Atakelty Hailu, Ram Pandit
Water quality of the Kelani River has become a critical issue in Sri Lanka due to the high cost of maintaining drinking water standards and the market and non-market costs of deteriorating river ecosystem services. By integrating a catchment model with a river model of water quality, we developed a method to estimate the effect of pollution sources on ambient water quality. Using integrated model simulations, we estimate (1) the relative contribution from point (industrial and domestic) and non-point sources (river catchment) to river water quality and (2) pollutant transfer coefficients for zones along the lower section of the river...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821870/enhanced-silicon-availability-leads-to-increased-methane-production-nutrient-and-toxicant-mobility-in-peatlands
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Gloria-Maria Susanne Reithmaier, Klaus-Holger Knorr, Sebastian Arnhold, Britta Planer-Friedrich, Jörg Schaller
Peatlands perform important ecosystem functions, such as carbon storage and nutrient retention, which are affected, among other factors, by vegetation and peat decomposition. The availability of silicon (Si) in peatlands differs strongly, ranging from <1 to >25 mg L(-1). Since decomposition of organic material was recently shown to be accelerated by Si, the aim of this study was to examine how Si influences decomposition of carbon and nutrient and toxicant mobilization in peatlands. We selected a fen site in Northern Bavaria with naturally bioavailable Si pore water concentrations of 5 mg/L and conducted a Si addition experiment...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821838/biogeography-shaped-the-metabolome-of-the-genus-espeletia-a-phytochemical-perspective-on-an-andean-adaptive-radiation
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Guillermo F Padilla-González, Mauricio Diazgranados, Fernando B Da Costa
The páramo ecosystem has the highest rate of diversification across plant lineages on earth, of which the genus Espeletia (Asteraceae) is a prime example. The current distribution and molecular phylogeny of Espeletia suggest the influence of Andean geography and past climatic fluctuations on the diversification of this genus. However, molecular markers have failed to reveal subtle biogeographical trends in Espeletia diversification, and metabolomic evidence for allopatric segregation in plants has never been reported...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821820/searching-for-signatures-across-microbial-communities-metagenomic-analysis-of-soil-samples-from-mangrove-and-other-ecosystems
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Madangchanok Imchen, Ranjith Kumavath, Debmalya Barh, Vasco Avezedo, Preetam Ghosh, Marcus Viana, Alice R Wattam
In this study, we categorize the microbial community in mangrove sediment samples from four different locations within a vast mangrove system in Kerala, India. We compared this data to other samples taken from the other known mangrove data, a tropical rainforest, and ocean sediment. An examination of the microbial communities from a large mangrove forest that stretches across southwestern India showed strong similarities across the higher taxonomic levels. When ocean sediment and a single isolate from a tropical rain forest were included in the analysis, a strong pattern emerged with Bacteria from the phylum Proteobacteria being the prominent taxon among the forest samples...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821736/ecological-speciation-in-a-generalist-consumer-expands-the-trophic-niche-of-a-dominant-predator
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Stephen M Thomas, Chris Harrod, Brian Hayden, Tommi Malinen, Kimmo K Kahilainen
Ecological speciation - whereby an ancestral founder species diversifies to fill vacant niches - is a phenomenon characteristic of newly formed ecosystems. Despite such ubiquity, ecosystem-level effects of such divergence remain poorly understood. Here, we compared the trophic niche of European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) and their predators in a series of contrasting subarctic lakes where this species had either diversified into four ecomorphologically distinct morphs or instead formed monomorphic populations...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821727/grace-satellite-observations-reveal-the-severity-of-recent-water-over-consumption-in-the-united-states
#16
Kurt C Solander, John T Reager, Yoshihide Wada, James S Famiglietti, Richard S Middleton
Changes in the climate and population growth will critically impact the future supply and demand of water, leading to large uncertainties for sustainable resource management. In the absence of on-the-ground measurements to provide spatially continuous, high-resolution information on water supplies, satellite observations can provide essential insight. Here, we develop a technique using observations from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite to evaluate the sustainability of surface water and groundwater use over the continental United States...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
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Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821356/the-protection-of-sandy-shores-can-we-afford-to-ignore-the-contribution-of-seagrass
#18
Maike Paul
Shore nourishment is considered an effective soft coastal protection measure for sandy shorelines. However, sand demand and costs are high, especially as nourishment has to be repeated regularly due to ongoing erosion. Seagrass meadows are able to trap and stabilise sediment by reducing bed shear stress. Moreover, they reduce flow velocity and wave energy in regions beyond their boundaries. Especially small species may not provide these ecosystem services sufficiently to protect shorelines from erosion, but they may stabilise beach profiles enough to increase nourishment intervals...
August 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821141/designed-biocompatible-nano-inhibitor-based-on-poly-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-ester-for-reduction-of-the-dehp-migration-from-plasticized-pvc
#19
Ahmad Raeisi, Khalil Faghihi, Meisam Shabanian
The easy migration of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) from the plasticized PVC (P-PVC) poses a serious threat to human health and the ecosystems. Thus, its control migration from the P-PVC products is very important. In this work, a poly(β-cyclodextrin-ester) network (β-CDP) was synthesized via reaction of β-cyclodextrin with 3,3',4,4'-benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride. As a potential inhibitor for reduction of the DEHP migration, the β-CDP was grafted to Fe3O4 nanoparticles. Poly(β-cyclodextrin-ester) functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNP-CDP) has been used in PVC/DEHP system as a reactive nano-inhibitor to reduce DEHP migration...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820506/physiological-and-ecological-implications-of-an-iron-or-hydrogen-oxidizing-member-of-the-zetaproteobacteria-ghiorsea-bivora-gen-nov-sp-nov
#20
Jiro F Mori, Jarrod J Scott, Kevin W Hager, Craig L Moyer, Kirsten Küsel, David Emerson
Chemosynthetic Fe-oxidizing communities are common at diffuse-flow hydrothermal vents throughout the world's oceans. The foundational members of these communities are the Zetaproteobacteria, a class of Proteobacteria that is primarily associated with ecosystems fueled by ferrous iron, Fe(II). We report here the discovery of two new isolates of Zetaproteobacteria isolated from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (TAG-1), and the Mariana back-arc (SV-108), that are unique in that they can utilize either Fe(II) or molecular hydrogen (H2) as sole electron donor and oxygen as terminal electron acceptor for growth...
August 18, 2017: ISME Journal
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