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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454067/assessment-of-the-swat-model-to-simulate-a-watershed-with-limited-available-data-in-the-pampas-region-argentina
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Martín Romagnoli, Margarita Portapila, Alfredo Rigalli, Gisela Maydana, Martín Burgués, Carlos M García
Argentina has been among the world leaders in the production and export of agricultural products since the 1990s. The Carcarañá River Lower Basin (CRLB), a cropland of the Pampas region supplied by extensive rainfall, is located in an area with few streamgauging and other hydrologic/water-quality stations. Therefore, limited hydrologic data are available resulting in limited water-resources assessment. This work explores the application of Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model to the CRLB in the Santa Fe province of the Pampas region...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454053/source-identification-and-exchangeability-of-heavy-metals-accumulated-in-vegetable-soils-in-the-coastal-plain-of-eastern-zhejiang-province-china
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Xu Qiutong, Zhang Mingkui
Vegetable production in China is suffering increasingly heavy metal damages from various pollution sources including agricultural, industrial and other activities. It is of practical significance to understand the effects of human activities on the accumulation and exchangeability of soil heavy metals in vegetable fields. In this study, seventy-two arable layer samples of vegetable soils were collected from the Shaoxing coastal plain, a representative region of the coastal plain of eastern Zhejiang province, China for characterizing the effects of fertilization methods on accumulation and exchangeable heavy metals in soils (Exchangeable heavy metals in the soil samples were extracted by 0...
April 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454024/disentangling-the-effects-of-species-diversity-and-intraspecific-and-interspecific-tree-size-variation-on-aboveground-biomass-in-dry-zone-homegarden-agroforestry-systems
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Arshad Ali, Eskil Mattsson
The biodiversity - aboveground biomass relationship has been intensively studied in recent decades. However, no consensus has been arrived to consider the interplay of species diversity, and intraspecific and interspecific tree size variation in driving aboveground biomass, after accounting for the effects of plot size heterogeneity, soil fertility and stand quality in natural forest including agroforests. We tested the full, partial and no mediations effects of species diversity, and intraspecific and interspecific tree size variation on aboveground biomass by employing structural equation models (SEMs) using data from 45 homegarden agroforestry systems in Sri Lanka...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453251/influence-of-manure-application-on-the-environmental-resistome-under-finnish-agricultural-practice-with-restricted-antibiotic-use
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Johanna Muurinen, Robert D Stedtfeld, Antti Karkman, Katariina Pärnänen, James M Tiedje, Marko P J Virta
The co-occurrence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in farm environments can potentially foster the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens. We studied the resistome of Finnish dairy and swine farms where use of antibiotics is limited to treating bacterial infections and manure is only applied April to September. The resistome of manure, soil and tile drainage water from ditch was investigated from the beginning of the growing season until forage harvest. The relative ARG and MGE abundance was measured using a qPCR array with 363 primer pairs...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448621/biochar-from-kon-tiki-flame-curtain-and-other-kilns-effects-of-nutrient-enrichment-and-kiln-type-on-crop-yield-and-soil-chemistry
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Naba Raj Pandit, Jan Mulder, Sarah Elisabeth Hale, Hans Peter Schmidt, Gerard Cornelissen
Biochar application to soils has been investigated as a means of improving soil fertility and mitigating climate change through soil carbon sequestration. In the present work, the invasive shrub "Eupatorium adenophorum" was utilized as a sustainable feedstock for making biochar under different pyrolysis conditions in Nepal. Biochar was produced using several different types of kilns; four sub types of flame curtain kilns (deep-cone metal kiln, steel shielded soil pit, conical soil pit and steel small cone), brick-made traditional kiln, traditional earth-mound kiln and top lift up draft (TLUD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448510/manure-and-tillage-use-in-remediation-of-eroded-land-and-impacts-on-soil-chemical-properties
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Maysoon M Mikha, Joseph G Benjamin, Merle F Vigil, David J Poss
Soil loss through wind and water erosion is an ongoing problem in semiarid regions. A thin layer of top soil loss over a hectare of cropland could be corresponding to tons of productive soil loss per hectare. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the influence of beef feedlot manure, tillage and legume grass mixtures on changes in soil quality and nutrient components. The study was initiated in 2006 on an eroded site near Akron, Colorado, on a Norka-Colby very-fine sandy loam (fine-silty, mixed, mesic, Aridic, Argiustolls)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447381/land-use-influences-phosphatase-gene-microdiversity-in-soils
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Andrew L Neal, Maike Rossmann, Charles Brearley, Elsy Akkari, Cervin Guyomar, Ian M Clark, Elisa Allen, Penny R Hirsch
Phosphorus cycling exerts significant influence upon soil fertility and productivity - processes largely controlled by microbial activity. We adopted phenotypic and metagenomic approaches to investigate phosphatase genes within soils. Microbial communities in bare fallowed soil showed a marked capacity to utilise phytate for growth compared to arable or grassland soil communities. Bare fallowed soil contained lowest concentrations of orthophosphate. Analysis of metagenomes indicated phoA, phoD and phoX, and histidine acid and cysteine phytase genes were most abundant in grassland soil which contained the greatest amount of NaOH-EDTA extractable orthophosphate...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446904/dynamic-response-of-ammonia-oxidizers-to-four-fertilization-regimes-across-a-wheat-rice-rotation-system
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Jichen Wang, Lei Ni, Yang Song, Geoff Rhodes, Jing Li, Qiwei Huang, Qirong Shen
Ammonia oxidation by microorganisms is a rate-limiting step of the nitrification process and determines the efficiency of fertilizer utilized by crops. Little is known about the dynamic response of ammonia-oxidizers to different fertilization regimes in a wheat-rice rotation system. Here, we examined ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) and archaea (AOA) communities across eight representative stages of wheat and rice growth and under four fertilization regimes: no nitrogen fertilization (NNF), chemical fertilization (CF), organic-inorganic mixed fertilizer (OIMF) and organic fertilization (OF)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444566/improvement-of-rice-seedling-growth-and-nitrogen-use-efficiency-by-seed-inoculation-with-endophytic-denitrifiers
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Wenfeng Wang, Yanyan Zhai, Lixiang Cao, Hongming Tan, Renduo Zhang
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of seed inoculation with endophytic denitrifiers on rice seedling growth and nitrogen use efficiency under low- and high-urea conditions. Pseudomonas sp. B2, Streptomyces sp. A9, and Fusarium sp. F3 were isolated from rice plant tissues. Rice seeds inoculated with the denitrifiers were sown in soil fertilized with 100 and 300 mg/kg urea concentrations, respectively. The denitrifiers increased soil ammonia concentrations or kept high ammonia concentration for a longer time in soils...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444473/contrasting-effects-of-engineered-carbon-nanotubes-on-plants-a-review
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Meththika Vithanage, Mihiri Seneviratne, Mahtab Ahmad, Binoy Sarkar, Yong Sik Ok
Rapid surge of interest for carbon nanotube (CNT) in the last decade has made it an imperative member of nanomaterial family. Because of the distinctive physicochemical properties, CNTs are widely used in a number of scientific applications including plant sciences. This review mainly describes the role of CNT in plant sciences. Contradictory effects of CNT on plants physiology are reported. CNT can act as plant growth inducer causing enhanced plant dry biomass and root/shoot lengths. At the same time, CNT can cause negative effects on plants by forming reactive oxygen species in plant tissues, consequently leading to cell death...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442726/effects-of-the-continuous-use-of-organic-manure-and-chemical-fertilizer-on-soil-inorganic-phosphorus-fractions-in-calcareous-soil
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Ke Song, Yong Xue, Xianqing Zheng, Weiguang Lv, Hongxia Qiao, Qin Qin, Jianjun Yang
A 4-year field trial with three treatments and three types of annually rotated vegetables was conducted in calcareous soil in a greenhouse using a phosphorus (P) fractionation method based on the inorganic P fraction classification system described by Jiang-Gu. With the same nutrient input, vegetable yields and P uptake were more stable under the chemical fertilizer (CF) treatment than under the organic manure (OM) treatment, and the average utilization rate of P fertilizer (URP) values were 5.27% and 11.40% under the OM and CF treatments, respectively, over the 4 years...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439396/antibiotics-impact-plant-traits-even-at-small-concentrations
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Vanessa Minden, Andrea Deloy, Anna Martina Volkert, Sara Diana Leonhardt, Gesine Pufal
Antibiotics of veterinary origin are released to agricultural fields via grazing animals or manure. Possible effects on human health through the consumption of antibiotic exposed crop plants have been intensively investigated. However, information is still lacking on the effects of antibiotics on plants themselves, particularly on non-crop species, although evidence suggests adverse effects of antibiotics on growth and performance of plants. This study evaluated the effects of three major antibiotics, penicillin, sulfadiazine and tetracycline, on the germination rates and post-germinative traits of four plant species during ontogenesis and at the time of full development...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437775/effect-of-nitrification-inhibitors-on-mitigating-n2o-and-no-emissions-from-an-agricultural-field-under-drip-fertigation-in-the-north-china-plain
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Di Tian, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yizhen Zhou, Yujing Mu, Junfeng Liu, Chenglong Zhang, Pengfei Liu
N2O and NO emissions from a winter wheat-summer maize rotation field with five different treatments in the North China Plain (NCP) were comparably investigated from 8 October 2014 to 11 October 2015. Compared with the treatments with only flood or drip irrigation, evident emission peaks of N2O and NO from the fertilization treatments with flood irrigation (A-Flood) and with drip fertigation (A-Drip) were observed after each fertilization event, whereas their emissions from the fertilization treatments with nitrification inhibitors under drip fertigation (A+DCD-Drip and A+Nitrapyrin-Drip) were greatly suppressed...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437647/comparison-of-landfarming-amendments-to-improve-bioremediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-in-niger-delta-soils
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David M Brown, Samson Okoro, Juami van Gils, Rob van Spanning, Matthijs Bonte, Tony Hutchings, Olof Linden, Uzoamaka Egbuche, Kim Bye Bruun, Jonathan W N Smith
Large scale landfarming experiments, using an extensive range of treatments, were conducted in the Niger-Delta, Nigeria to study the degradation of oil in contaminated soils. In this work the effect of nutrient addition, biosurfactant, Eisenia fetida (earthworm) enzyme extract, bulking and sorption agents and soil neutralization were tested. It was found that these treatments were successful in removing up to 53% of the total petroleum hydrocarbon in the soil within 16 weeks. A comparison between treatments demonstrated that most were no more effective than agricultural fertilizer addition alone...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437478/metal-accumulation-by-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l-and-the-efficacy-of-its-biomass-in-enzymatic-saccharification
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Saurabh Sudha Dhiman, Xin Zhao, Jinglin Li, Dongwook Kim, Vipin C Kalia, In-Won Kim, Jae Young Kim, Jung-Kul Lee
Accumulation of metal contaminants in soil as a result of various industrial and anthropogenic activities has reduced soil fertility significantly. Phytoextraction of metal contaminants can improve soil fertility and provide inexpensive feedstock for biorefineries. We investigated the hyperaccumulation capacity of sunflower (Helianthus annuus) biomass by cultivating these plants in various concentrations of metal contaminants. Sunflowers were grown in soils contaminated with various levels of heavy metals (10-2,000 mg/kg dry soil)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431380/recent-aspects-of-uranium-toxicology-in-medical-geology
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REVIEW
Geir Bjørklund, Olav Albert Christophersen, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Olle Selinus, Jan Aaseth
Uranium (U) is a chemo-toxic, radiotoxic and even a carcinogenic element. Due to its radioactivity, the effects of U on humans health have been extensively investigated. Prolonged U exposure may cause kidney disease and cancer. The geological distribution of U radionuclides is still a great concern for human health. Uranium in groundwater, frequently used as drinking water, and general environmental pollution with U raise concerns about the potential public health problem in several areas of Asia. The particular paleo-geological hallmark of India and other Southern Asiatic regions enhances the risk of U pollution in rural and urban communities...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428820/regional-water-footprints-of-potential-biofuel-production-in-china
#17
Xiaomin Xie, Tingting Zhang, Liming Wang, Zhen Huang
BACKGROUND: Development of biofuels is considered as one of the important ways to replace conventional fossil energy and mitigate climate change. However, rapid increase of biofuel production could cause other environmental concerns in China such as water stress. This study is intended to evaluate the life-cycle water footprints (WF) of biofuels derived from several potential non-edible feedstocks including cassava, sweet sorghum, and Jatropha curcas in China. Different water footprint types including blue water, green water, and grey water are considered in this study...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425288/tracking-nitrogen-sources-transformation-and-transport-at-a-basin-scale-with-complex-plain-river-networks
#18
Qitao Yi, Qiuwen Chen, Liuming Hu, Wenqing Shi
This research developed an innovative approach to reveal nitrogen sources, transformation, and transport in large and complex river networks in the Taihu Lake basin using measurement of dual stable isotopes of nitrate. The spatial patterns of δ(15)N corresponded to the urbanization level, and the nitrogen cycle was associated with the hydrological regime at the basin level. During the high flow season of summer, nonpoint sources from fertilizer/soils and atmospheric deposition constituted the highest proportion of the total nitrogen load...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424712/a-functional-approach-towards-understanding-the-role-of-the-mitochondrial-respiratory-chain-in-an-endomycorrhizal-symbiosis
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Louis Mercy, Eva Lucic-Mercy, Amaia Nogales, Areg Poghosyan, Carolin Schneider, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are crucial components of fertile soils, able to provide several ecosystem services for crop production. Current economic, social and legislative contexts should drive the so-called "second green revolution" by better exploiting these beneficial microorganisms. Many challenges still need to be overcome to better understand the mycorrhizal symbiosis, among which (i) the biotrophic nature of AMF, constraining their production, while (ii) phosphate acts as a limiting factor for the optimal mycorrhizal inoculum application and effectiveness...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423943/high-value-added-lipids-produced-by-microorganisms-a-potential-use-of-sugarcane-vinasse
#20
Bruna Soares Fernandes, João Paulo Fernandes Vieira, Fabiano Jares Contesini, Paulo Eduardo Mantelatto, Marcelo Zaiat, José Geraldo da Cruz Pradella
This review aims to present an innovative concept of high value added lipids produced by heterotrophic microorganisms, bacteria and fungi, using carbon sources, such as sugars, acids and alcohols that could come from sugarcane vinasse, which is the main byproduct from ethanol production that is released in the distillation step. Vinasse is a rich carbon source and low-cost feedstock produced in large amounts from ethanol production. In 2019, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply estimates that growth of ethanol domestic consumption will be 58...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
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