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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636808/diversity-and-abundance-of-human-pathogenic-fungi-associated-with-pigeon-feces-in-urban-environments
#1
Won Dong Lee, Jonathan J Fong, John A Eimes, Young Woon Lim
Pathogenic fungi are a growing health concern worldwide, particularly in large, densely populated cities. The dramatic upsurge of pigeon populations in cities has been implicated in the increased incidence of invasive fungal infections. In the current study, we used a culture-independent, high-throughput sequencing approach to describe the diversity of clinically relevant fungi (CRF) associated with pigeon feces and map the relative abundance of CRF across Seoul, Korea. In addition, we tested whether certain geographical, sociological, and meteorological factors were significantly associated with the diversity and relative abundance of CRF...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635552/temporal-variation-of-fine-and-coarse-particulate-matter-sources-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia
#2
Chris C Lim, George D Thurston, Magdy Shamy, Mansour Alghamdi, Mamdouh Khoder, Abdullah M Mohorjy, Abdulrahman K Alkhalaf, Jason Brocato, Lung Chi Chen, Max Costa
This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the seasonal variations and weekday/weekend differences in fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM2.5-10) particulate matter mass concentrations, elemental constituents, and potential source origins in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Air quality samples were collected over one year, from June 2011 to May 2012 at a frequency of three times per week, and analyzed. The average mass concentrations of PM2.5 (21.9 μg/m(3)) and PM10 (107.8 μg/m(3)) during the sampling period exceeded the recommended annual average levels by the World Health Organization (WHO) for PM2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635264/cadmium-accumulation-risk-in-vegetables-and-rice-in-southern-china-insights-from-solid-solution-partitioning-and-plant-uptake-factor
#3
Yang Yang, Meie Wang, Weiping Chen, Yanling Li, Chi Peng
Solid-solution partitioning coefficient (Kd) and plant uptake factor (PUF) largely determine the solubility and mobility of soil Cd to food crops. A four-year regional investigation was conducted in contaminated vegetable and paddy fields of southern China to quantify the variability in Kd and PUF. The distributions of Kd and PUF characterizing transfers of Cd from soil to vegetable and rice are probabilistic in nature. Dynamics in soil pH and soil Zn greatly affected the variations of Kd. In addition to soil pH, soil organic matter had a major influence on PUF variations in vegetables...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634797/distribution-transfer-and-health-risks-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-soil-wheat-systems-of-henan-province-a-typical-agriculture-province-of-china
#4
Jinglan Feng, Xiaoying Li, Jiahui Zhao, Jianhui Sun
In order to investigate the distribution, transfer, and human health risks of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the soil-wheat systems, soil samples from 20 farmlands and corresponding wheat tissues were collected from selected regions of Henan Province in June 2013 and were analyzed to estimate the concentration of PAHs. The total concentrations of 15 PAHs (∑15 PAHs) in soils from Henan Province varied from 6.91 to 72.4 ng/g. Moreover, two-ring to three-ring PAHs (1.59-29.1 ng/g) were the major species in soils, occupying 56...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633101/assessment-of-environmental-and-health-risks-in-former-polymetallic-ore-mining-and-smelting-area-slovakia-spatial-distribution-and-accumulation-of-mercury-in-four-different-ecosystems
#5
Július Árvay, Lenka Demková, Martin Hauptvogl, Miloslav Michalko, Daniel Bajčan, Radovan Stanovič, Ján Tomáš, Miroslava Hrstková, Pavol Trebichalský
Former long-term mining and smelting of pollymetallic ores in the Middle Spiš area caused a serious contamination problem of the environment with heavy metals and metalloids, especially mercury (Hg). Several studies have reported concentration of Hg in the area but this paper provides first detailed characterization of Hg contamination of different environmental components in agricultural, forest, grassland and urban ecosystems. The ecosystems are in different distances from emission sources - former mercury and copper smelting plants in NE Slovakia...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632749/using-a-health-rating-system-to-evaluate-the-usefulness-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-as-a-model-for-anthelmintic-study
#6
Kathryn J Weaver, Cassandra J May, Brian L Ellis
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are intestinal parasitic nematodes that infect humans, and are transmitted through contaminated soil. These nematodes include the large roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), and hookworm (Ancylostoma ceylanicum, Ancylostoma duodenale, and Necator americanus). Nearly 1.5 billion people (~24% of the population) worldwide are infected with at least one species of these parasites, burdening the poor, in particular, children and pregnant women. To combat these diseases, the WHO only recognizes four anthelmintic drugs, including the preferred drug, albendazole, for mass drug administration (MDA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628991/bacterial-community-composition-in-rainwater-associated-with-synoptic-weather-in-an-area-downwind-of-the-asian-continent
#7
Wei Hu, Kotaro Murata, Yuka Horikawa, Ayumi Naganuma, Daizhou Zhang
Bacteria are abundant in atmospheric waters and can be disseminated by precipitation to the surface of the Earth, potentially influencing ecosystems, public health and climate. However, data on bacterial communities in rainwater, especially on the association with weather, are very limited. In this study, rainwater was collected at the coastal city Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, in 2015. The bacterial communities in fourteen samples were identified using 16S rRNA sequencing and compared according to the rain types at the synoptic scale, i...
June 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628300/application-of-struvite-alters-the-antibiotic-resistome-in-soil-rhizosphere-and-phyllosphere
#8
Qing-Lin Chen, Xin-Li An, Yong-Guan Zhu, Jian-Qiang Su, Michael R Gillings, Zhi-Long Ye, Li Cui
Struvite recovered from wastewater is a renewable source of phosphorus and nitrogen and can be used as fertilizer for plant growth. However, antibiotics and resistome can be enriched in the struvite derived from wastewater. Robust understanding of the potential risks after struvite application to soils has remained elusive. Here, we profiled antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in struvite, soil, rhizosphere and phyllosphere of Brassica using high-throughput quantitative PCR...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626294/optical-molecular-fluorescence-determination-of-ultra-trace-beryllium-in-occupational-and-environmental-samples-using-highly-alkaline-conditions
#9
Lori Adams, Anoop Agrawal, John P Cronin, Kevin Ashley
Exposures to beryllium (Be), even at extremely low levels, can cause severe health effects in a percentage of those exposed; consequently, occupational exposure limits (OELs) promulgated for this element are the lowest established for any element. This work describes the advantages of using highly alkaline dye solutions for determination of Be in occupational hygiene and environmental samples by means of an optical molecular fluorescence technique after sample extraction in 1-3% (w˖w(-1)) aqueous ammonium bifluoride (NH4HF2)...
2017: International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625995/novel-antibiotic-resistance-determinants-from-agricultural-soil-exposed-to-antibiotics-widely-used-in-human-medicine-and-animal-farming
#10
Calvin Ho-Fung Lau, Kalene van Engelen, Stephen Gordon, Justin Renaud, Edward Topp
Antibiotic resistance has emerged globally as one of the biggest threats to human and animal health. Although the excessive use of antibiotics is recognized for accelerating the selection for resistance, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that natural environments are "hotspots" for the development of both ancient and contemporary resistance mechanisms. Given that pharmaceuticals can be entrained onto agricultural land through anthropogenic activities, this could be a potential driver for the emergence and dissemination of resistance in soil bacteria...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624637/developing-a-new-bayesian-risk-index-for-risk-evaluation-of-soil-contamination
#11
M T D Albuquerque, S Gerassis, C Sierra, J Taboada, J E Martín, I M H R Antunes, J R Gallego
Industrial and agricultural activities heavily constrain soil quality. Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) are a threat to public health and the environment alike. In this regard, the identification of areas that require remediation is crucial. In the herein research a geochemical dataset (230 samples) comprising 14 elements (Cu, Pb, Zn, Ag, Ni, Mn, Fe, As, Cd, V, Cr, Ti, Al and S) was gathered throughout eight different zones distinguished by their main activity, namely, recreational, agriculture/livestock and heavy industry in the Avilés Estuary (North of Spain)...
June 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624591/safe-limit-of-arsenic-in-soil-in-relation-to-dietary-exposure-of-arsenicosis-patients-from-malda-district-west-bengal-a-case-study
#12
Debasis Golui, D N Guha Mazumder, S K Sanyal, S P Datta, P Ray, P K Patra, S Sarkar, K Bhattacharya
Safe limit of arsenic in soil in relation to dietary exposure of arsenicosis patients was established in Malda district of West Bengal. Out of 182 participants examined, 80 (43.9%) participants showed clinical features of arsenicosis, characterized by arsenical skin lesion (pigmentation and keratosis), while 102 participants did not have any such lesion (control). Experimental results of the twenty eight soils (own field) of the participants showed the mean Olsen extractable and total arsenic concentration of 0...
June 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623505/assessment-of-arsenic-content-in-soil-rice-grains-and-groundwater-and-associated-health-risks-in-human-population-from-ropar-wetland-india-and-its-vicinity
#13
Sakshi Sharma, Inderpreet Kaur, Avinash Kaur Nagpal
In the present study, potential health risks posed to human population from Ropar wetland and its vicinity, by consumption of inorganic arsenic (i-As) via arsenic contaminated rice grains and groundwater, were assessed. Total arsenic (t-As) in soil and rice grains were found in the range of 0.06-0.11 mg/kg and 0.03-0.33 mg/kg, respectively, on dry weight basis. Total arsenic in groundwater was in the range of 2.31-15.91 μg/L. i-As was calculated from t-As using relevant conversion factors. Rice plants were found to be arsenic accumulators as bioconcentration factor (BCF) was observed to be >1 in 75% of rice grain samples...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622630/temporal-spatial-patterns-of-three-types-of-pesticide-loadings-in-a-middle-high-latitude-agricultural-watershed
#14
Wei Ouyang, Guanqing Cai, Mats Tysklind, Wanyin Yang, Fanghua Hao, Hongbin Liu
Pesticide loadings to watersheds increase during agricultural development and may vary in accordance with different crop types and seasons. High pesticide loadings can potentially result in polluted stream water. The objective of this study was to determine the pesticide loadings and concentrations of three typical pesticides (atrazine, oxadiazon, and isoprothiolane) in river water from a middle-high latitude agricultural watershed in northern China. During this study, we evaluated the watershed pesticide loss patterns for two crop types over three decades...
June 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620850/the-colloid-hematite-particle-migration-through-the-unsaturated-porous-bed-at-the-presence-of-biosurfactants
#15
Agnieszka Pawlowska, Izabela Sznajder, Zygmunt Sadowski
Colloidal particles have an ability to sorb heavy metals, metalloids, and organic compounds (e.g. biosurfactants) present in soil and groundwater. The pH and ionic strength changes may promote release of such particles causing potential contaminant transport. Therefore, it is very important to know how a colloid particle-mineral particle and colloid-mineral-biosurfactant system behaves in the natural environment. They can have negative impact on the environment and human health. This study highlighted the influence of biosurfactants produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa on the transport of colloidal hematite (α-Fe2O3) through porous bed (materials collected from the Szklary and Zloty Stok solid waste heaps from Lower Silesia, Poland)...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620816/bioaccessibility-of-as-cu-pb-and-zn-in-mine-waste-urban-soil-and-road-dust-in-the-historical-mining-village-of-ka%C3%A5-k-czech-republic
#16
Petr Drahota, Karel Raus, Eva Rychlíková, Jan Rohovec
Historical mining activities in the village of Kaňk (in the northern part of the Kutná Hora ore district, Czech Republic) produced large amounts of mine wastes which contain significant amounts of metal(loid) contaminants such as As, Cu, Pb, and Zn. Given the proximity of residential communities to these mining residues, we investigated samples of mine waste (n = 5), urban soil (n = 6), and road dust (n = 5) with a special focus on the solid speciation of As, Cu, Pb, and Zn using a combination of methods (XRD, SEM/EDS, oxalate extractions), as well as on in vitro bioaccessibility in simulated gastric and lung fluids to assess the potential exposure risks for humans...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619671/combination-of-five-diagnostic-tests-to-estimate-the-prevalence-of-hookworm-infection-among-school-aged-children-from-a-rural-area-of-colombia
#17
Rafael E Barreto, Javier Narváez, Natalia A Sepúlveda, Fabián C Velásquez, Sandra C Díaz, Myriam Consuelo López, Patricia Reyes, Ligia I Moncada
BACKGROUND: Public health programs for the control of soil-transmitted helminthiases require valid diagnostic tests for surveillance and parasitic control evaluation. However, there is currently no agreement about what test should be used as a gold standard for the diagnosis of hookworm infection. Still, in presence of concurrent data for multiple tests it is possible to use statistical models to estimate measures of test performance and prevalence. The aim of this study was to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of five parallel tests (direct microscopic examination, Kato-Katz, Harada-Mori, modified Ritchie-Frick, and culture in agar plate) to detect hookworm infections in a sample of school-aged children from a rural area in Colombia...
June 12, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619312/pay-dirt-human-health-depends-on-soil-health
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Kathi J Kemper, Rattan Lal
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June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618278/interindividual-variability-of-soil-arsenic-metabolism-by-human-gut-microbiota-using-shime-model
#19
Naiyi Yin, Huili Du, Pengfei Wang, Xiaolin Cai, Peng Chen, Guoxin Sun, Yanshan Cui
Arsenic (As) metabolism by human gut microbiota has been evidenced with in vitro experiments from contaminated soils. In this study, the variability in the metabolic potency toward As-contaminated soils and gut microbial diversity were investigated between healthy individuals (Adult versus Child). Arsenic bioaccessibility in the colon phase increased by 1.4-6.8 and 1.2-8.7 folds for adult and child, respectively. We found a high degree of As methylation for the colon digests of the adult (mean 2 μg methylarsenicals/hr/g biomass), 3-folds higher than that of the child...
June 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616741/ecological-risk-assessment-of-an-open-dumping-site-at-mehmood-booti-lahore-pakistan
#20
Asifa Alam, Amtul Bari Tabinda, Abdul Qadir, Talib E Butt, Sidra Siddique, Adeel Mahmood
A robust risk assessment of Mehmood Booting Open Dumping (MBOD) site has been carried out by developing holistic risk assessment framework. Framework mainly comprises on baseline study, hazard identification, and risk quantification and evaluation. Physico-chemical analysis of groundwater and leachate, health risk assessment, and estimation of gas emissions from the site were carried out for risk evaluation. LandGEM 3.02 modelling software was used to measure the gas emissions. Analysis of leachate showed that all parameters were exceeding the WHO standard limit...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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