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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732398/simulation-of-targeted-pollutant-mitigation-strategies-to-reduce-nitrate-and-sediment-hotspots-in-agricultural-watershed
#1
Awoke Dagnew Teshager, Philip W Gassman, Silvia Secchi, Justin T Schoof
About 50% of U.S. water pollution problems are caused by non-point source (NPS) pollution, primarily sediment and nutrients from agricultural areas, despite the widespread implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs). However, the effectiveness of implementation strategies and type of BMPs at watershed scale are still not well understood. In this study, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) ecohydrological model was used to assess the effectiveness of pollutant mitigation strategies in the Raccoon River watershed (RRW) in west-central Iowa, USA...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731709/agronomic-effectiveness-of-granulated-and-powdered-p-exchanged-mg-al-ldh-relative-to-struvite-and-map
#2
Maarten Everaert, Fien Degryse, Mike J McLaughlin, Dirk E De Vos, Erik Smolders
Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) used to recover P from wastewater have recently been proposed as new slow-release fertilizers. Here, the use of P-exchanged Mg-Al LDHs as powdered or granulated fertilizer is explored and compared with mono-ammonium phosphate (MAP), a fully water-soluble fertilizer, and with struvite, a recycled phosphate fertilizer with lower solubility. First, these three fertilizers were compared in a 100-day incubation experiment using P diffusion visualization and chemical analysis to assess P release from either granules or powdered fertilizer in three different soils...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731339/colloidal-bound-polyphosphate-and-organic-phosphates-are-bioavailable-a-nutrient-solution-study
#3
Jessica Bollyn, Joran Faes, Andreas Fritzsche, Erik Smolders
Colloidal forms of Fe(III) minerals can be stabilized in solution by coatings of organic- or poly-phosphate (P) which reduce the zeta potential. This opens up a route towards the development of nano-forms of P fertilizers. However, it is unclear if such P forms are bioavailable. To address this question, spinach (Spinacia oleracea) was grown in nutrient solutions at equal total P, using three different forms of P (orthophosphate = Pi; hexametaphosphate = HMP; myo-inositolhexaphosphate = IHP), free or bound to goethite/ferrihydrite-colloids...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730551/pseudomonas-fluorescens-r68-assisted-enhancement-in-growth-and-fertilizer-utilization-of-amaranthus-tricolor-l
#4
C Jimtha John, P Jishma, N R Karthika, K S Nidheesh, J G Ray, Jyothis Mathew, E K Radhakrishnan
Plant probiotic potential of rhizosphere microbiome and its role in phytofertilizer mobilization are largely unexplored. In the current study, the rhizobacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens R68 (PFR68) isolated from Western Ghat was analyzed for its growth enhancement effect on the leafy vegetable Amaranthus tricolor (L.). One month of field growth of PFR68 inoculated A. tricolor has found to have enhanced growth parameters such as leaf number (1.57 fold), root number (1.76 fold), shoot length (1.28 fold) and fresh weight (2...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728002/development-of-an-integrated-generic-model-for-multi-scale-assessment-of-the-impacts-of-agro-ecosystems-on-major-ecosystem-services-in-west-africa
#5
Mahamadou Belem, Mehdi Saqalli
This paper presents an integrated model assessing the impacts of climate change, agro-ecosystem and demographic transition patterns on major ecosystem services in West-Africa along a partial overview of economic aspects (poverty reduction, food self-sufficiency and income generation). The model is based on an agent-based model associated with a soil model and multi-scale spatial model. The resulting Model for West-Africa Agro-Ecosystem Integrated Assessment (MOWASIA) is ecologically generic, meaning it is designed for all sudano-sahelian environments but may then be used as an experimentation facility for testing different scenarios combining ecological and socioeconomic dimensions...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726711/the-use-of-constructed-wetlands-for-the-treatment-and-reuse-of-urban-wastewater-for-the-irrigation-of-two-warm-season-turfgrass-species-under-mediterranean-climatic-conditions
#6
Mario Licata, Teresa Tuttolomondo, Claudio Leto, Salvatore La Bella, Giuseppe Virga
Constructed wetlands (CWs) represent low-cost technology for the treatment and reuse of wastewater in urban areas. This study aimed to evaluate the pollutant removal efficiency of a CW system and to assess the effects of irrigation using treated urban wastewater on soil and on two warm-season turf species. The research was carried out in Sicily (Italy) on a pilot-scale horizontal subsurface flow system which was fed with treated urban wastewater following secondary treatment from an activated-sludge wastewater treatment plant...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726228/microwave-irradiation-and-citric-acid-assisted-seed-germination-and-phytoextraction-of-nickel-ni-by-brassica-napus-l-morpho-physiological-and-biochemical-alterations-under-ni-stress
#7
Mujahid Farid, Shafaqat Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Rashid Saeed, Hafiz Muhammad Tauqeer, Rasham Sallah-Ud-Din, Ahmed Azam, Nighat Raza
The complex bio-geochemistry of soil allows pollutant to persist for a longer period of time which further decreased the fertility and natural composition of land. Nickel, an inorganic pollutant, coming from a wide range of industrial and manufacturing units possesses serious threat to soil degradation and crop productivity around the world. The present study was carried to evaluate the combined role of microwave irradiation (MR) and citric acid (CA) on the phytoextraction potential of Brassica napus L. under Ni stress...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725644/pesticides-curbing-soil-fertility-effect-of-complexation-of-free-metal-ions
#8
Sukhmanpreet Kaur, Vijay Kumar, Mohit Chawla, Luigi Cavallo, Albert Poater, Niraj Upadhyay
Researchers have suggested that the reason behind infertility is pernicious effect of broad spectrum pesticides on non target, beneficial microorganism of soil. Here, studying the chelating effect of selective organophosphate and carbamate pesticides with essential metal ions, at all possible combinations of three different pH (4 ± 0.05, 7 ± 0.05 and 9 ± 0.05) and three different temperatures (15 ± 0.5°C, 30 ± 0.5°C and 45 ± 0.5°C), shows very fast rate of reaction which further increases with increase of pH and temperature...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725573/determination-of-nitrogen-balance-in-agroecosystems
#9
Upendra M Sainju
Nitrogen balance in agroecosystems provides a quantitative framework of N inputs and outputs and retention in the soil that examines the sustainability of agricultural productivity and soil and environmental quality. Nitrogen inputs include N additions from manures and fertilizers, atmospheric depositions including wet and dry depositions, irrigation water, and biological N fixation. Nitrogen outputs include N removal in crop grain and biomass and N losses through leaching, denitrification, volatilization, surface runoff, erosion, gas emissions, and plant senescence...
2017: MethodsX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725395/reduced-aboveground-tree-growth-associated-with-higher-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-in-tropical-forest-restoration
#10
Ellen K Holste, Karen D Holl, Rakan A Zahawi, Richard K Kobe
Establishing diverse mycorrhizal fungal communities is considered important for forest recovery, yet mycorrhizae may have complex effects on tree growth depending on the composition of fungal species present. In an effort to understand the role of mycorrhizal fungi community in forest restoration in southern Costa Rica, we sampled the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) community across eight sites that were planted with the same species (Inga edulis, Erythrina poeppigiana, Terminalia amazonia, and Vochysia guatemalensis) but varied twofold to fourfold in overall tree growth rates...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725361/spatial-heterogeneity-distribution-of-soil-total-nitrogen-and-total-phosphorus-in-the-yaoxiang-watershed-in-a-hilly-area-of-northern-china-based-on-geographic-information-system-and-geostatistics
#11
Yu Liu, Peng Gao, Liyong Zhang, Xiang Niu, Bing Wang
Soil total nitrogen (STN) and total phosphorus (STP) are important indicators of soil nutrients and the important indexes of soil fertility and soil quality evaluation. Using geographic information system (GIS) and geostatistics, the spatial heterogeneity distribution of STN and STP in the Yaoxiang watershed in a hilly area of northern China was studied. The results showed that: (1) The STN and STP contents showed a declining trend with the increase in soil depth; the variation coefficients (Cv) of STN and STP in the 0- to 10-cm soil layer (42...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724230/excessive-input-of-phosphorus-significantly-affects-microbial-fe-iii-reduction-in-flooded-paddy-soils-by-changing-the-abundances-and-community-structures-of-clostridium-and-geobacteraceae
#12
Lina Li, Zhi Qu, Rong Jia, Baoli Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Dong Qu
Microbial Fe(III) reduction can make an excellent contribution to the bioremediation of contaminated environments and potentially reduce methanogenesis. Excessive input of phosphorus (P) by P fertilizer application and eutrophied irrigation water might have a substantial influence on the process of microbial Fe(III) reduction in flooded paddy soils. To evaluate the effect of P application on microbial Fe(III) reduction, the responses of Clostridium and Geobacteraceae communities to different concentrations of P addition (CK: 0mmolPkg(-1) soil; P1: 3...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724106/potential-environmental-benefits-from-blending-biosolids-with-other-organic-amendments-before-application-to-land
#13
Dharini Paramashivam, Nicholas M Dickinson, Timothy J Clough, Jacqui Horswell, Brett H Robinson
Biosolids disposal to landfill or through incineration is wasteful of a resource that is rich in organic matter and plant nutrients. Land application can improve soil fertility and enhance crop production but may result in excessive nitrate N (NO-N) leaching and residual contamination from pathogens, heavy metals, and xenobiotics. This paper evaluates evidence that these concerns can be reduced significantly by blending biosolids with organic materials to reduce the environmental impact of biosolids application to soils...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724099/use-of-%C3%AE-15-n-and-%C3%AE-18-o-values-for-nitrate-source-identification-under-irrigated-crops-a-cautionary-vadose-zone-tale
#14
Shawn E Loo, M Cathryn Ryan, Bernie J Zebarth, Shawn H Kuchta, Denise Neilsen, Bernhard Mayer
Source nitrogen (N) identification of leachate or groundwater nitrate is complicated by N source mixing and N and oxygen (O) isotope fractionation caused by microbial N transformations. This experiment examined the δN and δO values in leachate collected over 1 yr at 55 cm below raspberry ( L.) plots receiving either synthetic fertilizer (FT) or poultry manure (MT). The large ranges of δN (FT: -2.4 to +8.7‰, MT: +1.6 to +9.6‰) and δO (FT: -9.9 to -0.3‰, MT: -10.9 to +1.7‰) values in leachate collected under crop rows prohibited the reliable identification of the applied N sources on individual sampling dates...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724098/nitrogen-sulfur-and-oxygen-isotope-ratios-of-animal-and-plant-based-organic-fertilizers-used-in-south-korea
#15
Woo-Jin Shin, Jong-Sik Ryu, Bernhard Mayer, Kwang-Sik Lee, Insu Kim
Organic fertilizers are increasingly used in agriculture in Asia and elsewhere. Tracer techniques are desirable to distinguish the fate of nutrients added to agroecosystems with organic fertilizers from those contained in synthetic fertilizers. Therefore, we determined the nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen isotope ratios of nitrogen- and sulfur-bearing compounds in animal- and plant-based organic fertilizers (ABOF and PBOF, respectively) used in South Korea to evaluate whether they are isotopically distinct. The δN values of total and organic nitrogen for ABOF ranged from +7 to +19‰ and were higher than those of PBOF (generally <+6‰)...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724093/persistence-of-ascaris-spp-ova-in-tropical-soil-cultivated-with-eucalyptus-and-fertilized-with-municipal-biosolids
#16
Marianne F de Faria, Iraê A Guerrini, Fernando C Oliveira, Maria Inês Z Sato, Elayse M Hachich, José Raimundo S Passos, Lívia M L Goulart, Thiago T de S Silva, José L Gava, Joel C Furches, Jason James, Robert B Harrison
In many countries, the main reason for severely restricting or outright banning the land application of class B biosolids is the lack of risk assessment for adverse human health impacts. Among pathogens that are not often studied are helminth ova, including that of the spp. Almost all of the knowledge about the persistence of spp. ova in soils fertilized with biosolids is based on studies developed in North America, Europe, and Asia. These studies have almost always been conducted under temperate climate conditions, which may cause erroneous interpretations when the conclusions are extrapolated to tropical regions such as those found in Brazil...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724086/long-term-changes-in-grassland-soil-phosphorus-with-fertilizer-application-and-withdrawal
#17
Barbara J Cade-Menun, Donnacha G Doody, Corey W Liu, Catherine J Watson
Long-term phosphorus (P) applications can increase soil P concentrations in excess of agronomic optima, posing a risk to water quality. Once fertilization stops, however, it may take time for soil P concentrations to decline. Whereas P fertilization adds orthophosphate, little is known about changes in other soil P forms during P buildup and drawdown. This study examined changes in P pools (total P, Olsen P, Mehlich P, and water-extractable P) and P forms determined by P-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (P-NMR) in grazed grassland plots from Northern Ireland...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723220/constructing-slow-release-formulations-of-ammonium-nitrate-fertilizer-based-on-degradable-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate
#18
Anatoly Nikolayevich Boyandin, Eugenia Andreevna Kazantseva, Daria Eugenievna Varygina, Tatiana Volova
The present study describes construction and investigation of experimental formulations of ammonium nitrate embedded in a matrix of degradable natural polymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (P3HB) and P3HB blended with wood flour shaped as tablets, some of them coated with P3HB. Kinetics of ammonium release into soil as dependent on the composition of the polymer matrix was investigated in laboratory experiments. The rates of fertilizer release from formulations coated with a biopolymer layer were considerably (two months or longer) slower than the rates of fertilizer release from uncoated formulations, while release from polymer and composite (polymer/wood flour) formulations occurred with comparable rates...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721038/toxicity-based-toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic-assessment-of-bioaccumulation-and-nanotoxicity-of-zerovalent-iron-nanoparticles-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#19
Ying-Fei Yang, Yi-Jun Lin, Chung-Min Liao
Elucidating the relationships between the toxicity-based-toxicokinetic (TBTK)/toxicodynamic (TD) properties of engineered nanomaterials and their nanotoxicity is crucial for human health-risk analysis. Zerovalent iron (Fe(0)) nanoparticles (NPs) are one of the most prominent NPs applied in remediating contaminated soils and groundwater. However, there are concerns that Fe(0)NP application contributes to long-term environmental and human health impacts. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a surrogate in vivo model that has been successfully applied to assess the potential nanotoxicity of these nanomaterials...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720278/-development-of-a-liquid-fermentation-system-and-encystment-for-a-nitrogen-fixing-bacterium-strain-having-biofertilizer-potential
#20
Mauricio Camelo-Rusinque, Andrés Moreno-Galván, Felipe Romero-Perdomo, Ruth Bonilla-Buitrago
The indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers has contributed to the deterioration of the biological, physical and chemical properties of the soil, resulting in the loss of its productive capacity. For this reason, the use of biofertilizers has emerged as a technological alternative. The objective of this research was to develop a suitable liquid fermentation system and encystment for the multiplication of Azotobacter chroococcum AC1 strain, a bacterium employed in a biofertilizer formulation produced at present by CARPOICA, Colombia...
July 15, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
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