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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161803/modeling-the-effects-of-pollutant-emissions-from-large-industrial-complexes-on-benzene-toluene-and-xylene-btx-concentrations-in-urban-areas
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Jin-Hee Bang, Inbo Oh, Soontae Kim, Seunghee You, Yangho Kim, Ho-Jang Kwon, Geun-Bae Kim
This study utilized the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) model to simulate the spatial distribution of benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) concentrations in Ulsan metropolitan region (UMR), where large national industrial complexes (IC) are located. Through controlling the pollutant emissions in major IC, this study has performed a quantitative analysis on the influence of pollutant emissions from the IC on the BTX concentrations in surrounding urban areas. The seasonal modeling results indicated that the average BTX concentrations were high around the petrochemical complexes, with higher concentrations in the surrounding urban areas during the summer...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161700/association-between-environmental-particulate-matter-and-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis
#2
Cheng-Hao Weng, Ching-Chih Hu, Tzung-Hai Yen, Wen-Hung Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The deposition of β2-microglobulin induced by reactive inflammation causing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the complications of dialysis-related amyloidosis in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. Air pollution levels, especially particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of <2.5 mm (PM2.5), have significantly been associated with the elevation of systemic inflammatory markers. There is no previous research on possible associations between CTS and PM2...
November 21, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161679/the-changes-of-nutrient-composition-of-piled-laying-hen-manure-and-anaerobic-fermentation-for-recycling-as-a-dietary-ingredient-for-ruminants
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Tianlong Han, Liping Wang, Yanming Zhang, Jun Zhang, Dongsheng Han, Ning Lv, Xiaohua Han, Guoqiang Zhao, Min Wang
This study investigated the changes of nutrient compositions of piled laying hen manure, detected the physical and chemical components of laying hen manure fermented by mixed strains, and analysed its application effects on feeding ruminants. The results showed that with increasing of piling time, the contents of crude protein (CP) and ether extract (EE) in laying hen manure were reduced, while the contents of crude ash (CA), calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) were increased. Fermentation could effectively decrease pH value, reduce Ca/P ratio, lessen the total bacterial counts, and maintain the organisms contents in laying hen manure...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161513/insights-into-molecular-basis-of-acute-contact-toxicity-of-diverse-organic-chemical-in-honey-bee
#4
Xiao Li, Yuan Zhang, Hongna Chen, Huanhuan Li, Yong Zhao
The chemical pollutants, including pesticides and other industrial chemicals, have resulted in significant risks to the whole ecosystem. Therefore, the ecological risk assessment of chemicals is vital and necessary. Since honey bee (Apis mellifera) is probably among the most exposed species to the polluting chemicals, we focused on the in silico estimation of honey bee toxicity (HBT) of chemical and the analysis of the relevance of chemical HBT and several key physical-chemical properties and structural characteristics...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161030/nanoplastic-in-the-north-atlantic-subtropical-gyre
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Alexandra Ter Halle, Laurent Jeanneau, Marion Martignac, Emilie Jardé, Boris Pedrono, Laurent Brach, Julien Gigault
Plastics can be found in all ecosystems across the globe. This type of environmental pollution is important, even if its impact is not fully understood. The presence of small plastic particles at the micro- and nanoscales is of growing concern, but nanoplastic has not yet been observed in natural samples. In this study, we examined four size fractions (meso-, large micro-, small micro-, and nanoplastics) of debris collected in the North Atlantic subtropical gyre. To obtain the nanoplastic portion, we isolated the colloidal fraction of seawater...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160704/nanobiotechnology-for-environment-innovative-solutions-for-the-management-of-harmful-algal-blooms
#6
Matthew Robert Gellert, Beum Jun Kim, Samuel Evan Reffsin, Sebastian Eureko Jusuf, Nicole Denise Wagner, Stephen Winans, Mingming Wu
Nanobiotechnology has played important roles in solving contemporary health problems including cancer and diabetes, but has not yet been widely exploited for problems in food security and environmental protection. Water scarcity is an emerging worldwide problem due to climate change and population increase. Current methods of managing water resources are not efficient or sustainable. In this perspective, we focus on harmful algal blooms to demonstrate how nanobiotechnology can be explored to understand microbe-environment interaction and allow for toxin/pollutant detection with significantly improved sensitivity...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160699/diversity-and-abundance-of-high-molecular-weight-azaarenes-in-pah-contaminated-environmental-samples
#7
Zhenyu Tian, Joaquim Vila, Hanyan Wang, Wanda Bodnar, Michael D Aitken
Azaarenes are N-heterocyclic polyaromatic pollutants that co-occur with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in contaminated soils. Despite the known toxicity of some high-molecular-weight azaarenes, their diversity, abundance, and fate in contaminated soils remain to be elucidated. We applied high-resolution mass spectrometry and mass-defect filtering to four PAH-contaminated samples from geographically distant sites and detected 232 azaarene congeners distributed in eight homologous series, including alkylated derivatives and two hitherto unknown series...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160410/fuzzy-computational-models-to-evaluate-the-effects-of-air-pollution-on-children
#8
Gleise Silva David, Paloma Maria Silva Rocha Rizol, Luiz Fernando Costa Nascimento
OBJECTIVE: To build a fuzzy computational model to estimate the number of hospitalizations of children aged up to 10 years due to respiratory conditions based on pollutants and climatic factors in the city of São José do Rio Preto, Brazil. METHODS: A computational model was constructed using the fuzzy logic. The model has 4 inputs, each with 2 membership functions generating 16 rules, and the output with 5 pertinence functions, based on the Mamdani's method, to estimate the association between the pollutants and the number of hospitalizations...
November 13, 2017: Revista Paulista de Pediatria: Orgão Oficial da Sociedade de Pediatria de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159702/evaluation-of-levels-sources-and-health-hazards-of-road-dust-associated-toxic-metals-in-jalalabad-and-kabul-cities-afghanistan
#9
Waqar Azeem Jadoon, Wahdatullah Khpalwak, Russel Chrispine Garven Chidya, Sherif Mohamed Mohamed Ali Abdel-Dayem, Kazuhiko Takeda, Masood Arshad Makhdoom, Hiroshi Sakugawa
This study was designed to investigate selected road-dust associated heavy metals, their relations with natural and anthropogenic sources, and potential human and environmental health risks. For this purpose, 42 and 36 road-dusts samples were collected from Jalalabad and Kabul cities (Afghanistan), respectively. The following elements were found in descending concentrations: Mn, Zn, Pb, Ni, Cu, Cr, Co, and Cd in Jalalabad; and Mn, Zn, Ni, Cu, Cr, Pb, Co, and Cd in Kabul. Except for Ni, all the elemental contents were less than the Canadian permissible limits in residential/parkland soils...
November 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157901/inducible-cellulase-production-from-an-organic-solvent-tolerant-bacillus-sp-sv1-and-evolutionary-divergence-of-endoglucanase-in-different-species-of-the-genus-bacillus
#10
Lebin Thomas, Hari Ram, Ved Pal Singh
Bacteria are important sources of cellulases with various industrial and biotechnological applications. In view of this, a non-hemolytic bacterial strain, tolerant to various environmental pollutants (heavy metals and organic solvents), showing high cellulolytic index (7.89) was isolated from cattle shed soil and identified as Bacillus sp. SV1 (99.27% pairwise similarity with Bacillus korlensis). Extracellular cellulases showed the presence of endoglucanase, total cellulase and β-glucosidase activities. Cellulase production was induced in presence of cellulose (3...
November 6, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156433/evaluating-features-of-periphytic-diatom-communities-as-biomonitoring-tools-in-fresh-brackish-and-marine-waters
#11
Lalit K Pandey, Yogesh Chandra Sharma, Jihae Park, Soyeon Choi, Hojun Lee, Jie Lyu, Taejun Han
The aims of this study were to assess the biodiversity of periphytic diatom assemblages in fresh, brackish and marine waterbodies of Korea, and to assess the effect of environmental and anthropogenic factors on parameters such as the quantity and biovolume of lipid bodies and deformations of diatoms as early warning measures of anthropogenic impact. Diatom samples were collected from 31 sites (14 freshwater, 10 brackish and 7 marine), which included less impacted (upstream) and impacted (downstream) sites in each water type...
November 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156331/may-humic-acids-or-mineral-fertilisation-mitigate-arsenic-mobility-and-availability-to-carrot-plants-daucus-carota-l-in-a-volcanic-soil-polluted-by-as-from-irrigation-water
#12
Antonio G Caporale, Paola Adamo, Shah M G G Azam, Maria A Rao, Massimo Pigna
Carrot (Daucus carota L.) is a widely consumed root vegetable, whose growth and safety might be threatened by growing-medium arsenic (As) contamination. By this work, we evaluated the effects of humic acids from Leonardite and NPK mineral fertilisation on As mobility and availability to carrot plants grown for 60 days in a volcanic soil irrigated with As-contaminated water - representing the most common scenario occurring in As-affected Italian areas. As expected, the irrigation with As-contaminated water caused a serious toxic effect on plant growth and photosynthetic rate; the highest rate of As also inhibited soil enzymatic activity...
November 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154531/study-of-graphene-oxide-structural-features-for-catalytic-antibacterial-gas-sensing-and-metals-decontamination-environmental-applications
#13
Shamaila Sajjad, Sajjad Ahmed Khan Leghari, Anum Iqbal
This study represents a comprehensive review about the structural features of graphene oxide (GO) and its significance in environmental applications. Two Dimensional (2D) GO is tremendously focused in advanced carbon based nanomaterial for environmental applications due to its tunable physicochemical characteristics. Herein, we report foundational structural models of GO and explore the chemical bonding of oxygen moieties with graphite basal plane using various characterization tools. Moreover, the impact of these oxygen moieties and morphology of GO for the environmental applications such as removal of metal ions, catalytic, antibacterial and gas sensing abilities has here been critically reviewed for the first time...
November 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154137/the-ecotoxicity-of-binary-mixtures-of-imazamox-and-ionized-ammonia-on-freshwater-copepods-implications-for-environmental-risk-assessment-in-groundwater-bodies
#14
Walter D Di Marzio, Marco Cifoni, María E Sáenz, Diana M P Galassi, Tiziana Di Lorenzo
Groundwater bodies are impacted by substances such as pesticides and N-fertilizers, which usually occur in the environment as complex mixtures rather than isolated pollutants. The threat that these mixtures pose to groundwater-dwelling organisms is still poorly understood. The aims of the present study were to test the acute effect of a binary mixture of a herbicide (Imazamox) and NH4(+) on epigean (Eucyclops serrulatus) and hypogean (Diacyclops belgicus) freshwater copepod species. In addition, to evaluate if the effect of the mixture can be explained by referencing non-interaction models or by more complex interaction models; and the implications for groundwater risk assessment...
November 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154119/a-conceptual-study-on-the-formulation-of-a-permeable-reactive-pavement-with-activated-carbon-additives-for-controlling-the-fate-of-non-point-source-environmental-organic-contaminants
#15
Shengyi Huang, Chenju Liang
To take advantage of the road pavement network where non-point source (NPS) pollution such as benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene, and xylene (BTEX) from vehicle traffic exhaust via wet and dry atmospheric deposition occurs, the asphalt pavement may be used as a media to control the NPS pollution. An experiment to prepare an adsorptive porous reactive pavement (PRP) was initiated to explore the potential to reduce environmental NPS vehicle pollution. The PRP was prepared and studied as follows: various activated carbons (AC) were initially screened to determine if they were suitable as an additive in the porous asphalt mixture; various mixtures of a selected AC were incorporated with the design of porous asphalt concrete (PAC) to produce PRP, and the PRP formulations were tested to ensure that they comply with the required specifications; qualified specimens were subsequently tested to determine their adsorption capacity for BTEX in aqueous solution, as compared to conventional PAC...
November 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154092/anoxic-biodegradation-of-triclosan-and-the-removal-of-its-antimicrobial-effect-in-microbial-fuel-cells
#16
Lu Wang, Yulei Liu, Chao Wang, Xiaodan Zhao, Gurumurthy Dummi Mahadeva, Yicheng Wu, Jun Ma, Feng Zhao
Triclosan (TCS) is an emerging organic contaminant in the environment. Here, the anoxic bio-degradation of TCS in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) was explored. It was found that anoxic biodegradation of TCS could be achieved in MFC, and the removal rate of TCS was accelerated after reactor acclimation. After 7 months of operation, 10mg/L TCS could be removed within 8days in MFCs. Fluorescence microscopy results revealed that the microbe cells in the reactors were intact, and the microbes were in active state. Flow cytometry test showed that the proliferation of inoculated microbe was higher in MFC effluent than that in TCS solution...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154051/ecotoxicological-effects-of-carbon-based-nanomaterials-in-aquatic-organisms
#17
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Anna Freixa, Vicenç Acuña, Josep Sanchís, Marinella Farré, Damià Barceló, Sergi Sabater
An increasing amount of carbon-based nanomaterials (CNM) (mostly fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene) has been observed in aquatic systems over the last years. However, the potential toxicity of these CNM on aquatic ecosystems remains unclear. This paper reviews the existing literature on the toxic effects of CNM in aquatic organisms as well as the toxic effects of CNM through influencing the toxicity of other micro-pollutants, and outlines a series of research needs to reduce the uncertainty associated with CNMs toxic effects...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153727/lifetime-exposure-to-particulate-air-pollutants-is-negatively-associated-with-lung-function-in-non-asthmatic-children
#18
Hung-Chang Tsui, Chi-Hsien Chen, Ying-Hsuan Wu, Hung-Che Chiang, Bing-Yu Chen, Yue Leon Guo
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary function is known to be affected by acute and subacute exposure to ambient air pollution. However, the impacts of lifetime exposure to air pollution on the pulmonary function of children have been inconsistent. The present study investigated the impact of lifetime residential exposure to intermediate levels of air pollution on the pulmonary function of schoolchildren. METHODS: In 2011, a survey of children aged 6-15 years was conducted in 44 schools in Taiwan...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153474/impacts-of-environmental-factors-on-the-whole-microbial-communities-in-the-rhizosphere-of-a-metal-tolerant-plant-elsholtzia-haichowensis-sun
#19
Songqiang Deng, Tan Ke, Longtai Li, Shenwen Cai, Yuyue Zhou, Yue Liu, Limin Guo, Lanzhou Chen, Dayi Zhang
Rhizospheric microbes play important roles in plant growth and heavy metals (HMs) transformation, possessing great potential for the successful phytoremediation of environmental pollutants. In the present study, the rhizosphere of Elsholtzia haichowensis Sun was comprehensively studied to uncover the influence of environmental factors (EFs) on the whole microbial communities including bacteria, fungi and archaea, via quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and high-throughput sequencing. By analyzing molecular ecological network and multivariate regression trees (MRT), we evaluated the distinct impacts of 37 EFs on soil microbial community...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153473/sensitivity-of-the-early-life-stages-of-a-mayfly-to-fine-sediment-and-orthophosphate-levels
#20
Nicholas C Everall, Matthew F Johnson, Paul Wood, Lauren Mattingley
The ecological effects of interacting stressors within lotic ecosystems have been widely acknowledged. In particular, the ecological effects of elevated fine sediment inputs and phosphate have been identified as key factors influencing faunal community structure and composition. However, while knowledge regarding adult and larval life stage responses to environmental stressors has grown, there has been very limited research on their eggs. In this study, the eggs of the mayfly Serratella ignita (Ephemerellidae: Ephemeroptera) were collected and incubated in laboratory aquaria to hatching under differing concentrations of inert suspended sediment (SS) and orthophosphate (OP), individually and in combination...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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