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Ching-Wen Pan, Meng-Hsien Chen, Lien-Siang Chou, Hsing-Juh Lin
Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) have attracted considerable attention due to their critically endangered status and related conservation issues, but their trophic relationships and ecological significance in coastal ecosystems are poorly understood. For instance, this species is noticeably more abundant in the Xin-Huwei River Estuary (Ex) of Western Taiwan than in the nearby Zhuoshui River Estuary (Ez), though it is unclear why the distribution shows such partitioning. To explore this topic, we conducted field surveys seasonally for two years from 2012 to 2013 and constructed Ecopath models of Ex, Ez, and an offshore site (Dm) to compare energy flow within the food webs...
2016: PloS One
Qiong Lu, Monika D Jürgens, Andrew C Johnson, Carola Graf, Andy Sweetman, John Crosse, Paul Whitehead
Some organic pollutants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) have been banned from production and use in the UK for >30years but due to their toxicity and persistence are still of concern. However, due to their hydrophobicity they are present at very low concentrations and are difficult to measure in water, and so other matrices need to be sampled in order to best assess contamination. This study measured concentrations of ΣICES 7 PCBs (PCB congeners 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153 and 180) and Σ6 PBDEs (PBDE congeners 28, 47, 99, 100, 153, 154) and HCB in both bed-sediments and wild roach (a common pelagic fish) in the Thames Basin...
October 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
C Loredo, A Ordóñez, E Garcia-Ordiales, R Álvarez, N Roqueñi, P Cienfuegos, A Peña, N M Burnside
Abandoned and flooded mine networks provide underground reservoirs of mine water that can be used as a renewable geothermal energy source. A complete hydrochemical characterization of mine water is required to optimally design the geothermal installation, understand the hydraulic behavior of the water in the reservoir and prevent undesired effects such as pipe clogging via mineral precipitation. Water pumped from the Barredo-Figaredo mining reservoir (Asturias, NW Spain), which is currently exploited for geothermal use, has been studied and compared to water from a separate, nearby mountain mine and a river that receives mine water discharge and partially infiltrates into the mine workings...
October 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Tetsuro Kikuchi, Manabu Fujii, Koumei Terao, Ran Jiwei, Ying Ping Lee, Chihiro Yoshimura
Chemical speciation, reactivity, and bioavailability of trace metals in aqueous systems arestrongly influenced by dissolved organic matter (DOM). DOM is a mixture of diverse components, so a range of organic molecules potentially participates in the occurrence of dissolved trace metals. In this study, we investigated water quality variables that influence dissolved trace metal concentrations in natural and effluent water systems with a particular attention given to the relationship between DOM optical properties and dissolved copper and iron concentrations...
October 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
V L Shirokova, A M L Enright, C B Kennedy, F G Ferris
This investigation evaluates spatial relationships between summer (July) groundwater temperatures and Fe(II)/Fe(III) biogeochemical cycling over a five year period in a shallow pristine sand aquifer at Meilleurs Bay near Deep River, Ontario, Canada. A warm subsurface thermal island of 12.5-16.1 °C, compared to background conditions of 10-11 °C, was manifest in contour maps of average groundwater temperature over the study period. The warm zone coincided with an area of convergent groundwater flow, implicating horizontal heat transfer by advective convection as the reason for elevated temperatures...
October 19, 2016: Water Research
Niloufar Eskandarpour, Hassan Sereshti, Hamid Najarzadekan, Hamid Gaikani
A novel electrospun composite nanofiber-based adsorbent (polyurethane/polystyrene-silica) was fabricated, characterized and used in the headspace solid-phase microextraction of the acetylated derivatives of chlorophenols in water samples before gas chromatography with micro electron capture detection. The surface morphology, chemical composition, thermal stability and structure of the fibers were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller and Barrett-Joyner-Halenda techniques...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Dong Xiao, Ping Zhao, Yue Wang, Xiuji Zhou
This study investigates the response of large-scale atmospheric circulation over the Asian-Pacific sector and precipitation over eastern China to transient orbital changes during the Holocene summer using an intermediate-complexity climate model. Corresponding to variations in the incoming solar radiation, the eddy sea level pressure (SLP) exhibited an out-of-phase relationship between the North Pacific and the Eurasian landmass that was similar to the present-day Asia-Pacific Oscillation (APO) pattern and was defined as the paleo-APO...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nagamalai Vasimalai, Maria T Fernandez-Arguelles
Highly fluorescent gold nanodots have been synthesized through a novel rapid, facile and one-pot room temperature route using trithiocyanuric acid as mild reducing agent and surface ligand. The proposed synthesis overcomes limitations of other synthetic routes in terms of cost, time, complexity and environmental risks, and gives rise to highly fluorescent gold nanodots within 10 min at room temperature, with a maximum emission wavelength at 623 nm and a large Stokes shift (213 nm). Moreover, the synthesized gold nanodots showed a large emission QY (9...
November 25, 2016: Nanotechnology
Hyung Suk Chung, Jeong-Heui Choi, A M Abd El-Aty, Young-Jun Lee, Han Sol Lee, Sangdon Kim, Hee-Jung Jung, Tae-Woo Kang, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim
A simultaneous determination method using solid-phase extraction and liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry was developed to detect and quantify the presence of seven multiclass veterinary antibiotics (13 compounds in total) in surface water samples, which included the effluents of livestock wastewater and sewage treatment plants, as well as the reservoir drainage areas from dense animal farms. The pH of all water samples was adjusted to 2 or 6 before solid-phase extraction using Oasis HLB cartridges...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Carlos L Hoyos, Silvana P Cajal, Marisa Juarez, Jorge D Marco, Anahí M Alberti D'Amato, Melina Cayo, Irma Torrejón, Rubén O Cimino, Patricio Diosque, Alejandro J Krolewiecki, Julio R Nasser, José F Gil
Background. Endemic areas of tegumentary leishmaniasis (TL) in Salta, Argentina, present some overlap zones with the geographical distribution of Chagas disease, with mixed infection cases being often detected. Objectives. The purpose of this study was to determine the magnitude of Leishmania sp. infection and potential associated risk factors, the serologic prevalence of T. cruzi, and the presence of T. cruzi-Leishmania sp. mixed infection in a region of the northwest of Argentina. Methods. Cross-sectional studies were conducted to detect TL prevalence and T...
2016: BioMed Research International
Mangen Yang, Xing Chen, Chad Shouquan Cheng
Precipitation extremes play a key role in flooding risks over the Huaihe River Basin, which is important to understand their hydrological impacts. Based on observed daily precipitation and streamflow data from 1958 to 2009, eight precipitation indices and three streamflow indices were calculated for the study of hydrological impacts of precipitation extremes. The results indicate that the wet condition intensified in the summer wet season and the drought condition was getting worse in the autumn dry season in the later years of the past 50 years...
2016: SpringerPlus
Ronan Becheler, Constance Xhaard, Etienne K Klein, Katherine J Hayden, Pascal Frey, Stéphane De Mita, Fabien Halkett
The genetic consequences of range expansions have generally been investigated at wide geographical and temporal scales, long after the colonization event. A unique ecological system enabled us to both monitor the colonization dynamics and decipher the genetic footprints of expansion over a very short time period. Each year an epidemic of the poplar rust (Melampsora larici-populina) expands clonally and linearly along the Durance River, in the Alps. The colonization dynamics observed in 2004 showed two phases with different genetic outcomes...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Greg Ogrinc, Emily S Cohen, Robertus van Aalst, Beth Harwood, Ellyn Ercolano, Karyn D Baum, Adam J Pattison, Anne C Jones, Louise Davies, Al West
BACKGROUND : Integrating teaching and hands-on experience in quality improvement (QI) may increase the learning and the impact of resident QI work. OBJECTIVE : We sought to determine the clinical and educational impact of an integrated QI curriculum. METHODS : This clustered, randomized trial with early and late intervention groups used mixed methods evaluation. For almost 2 years, internal medicine residents from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on the inpatient teams at the White River Junction VA participated in the QI curriculum...
October 2016: Journal of Graduate Medical Education
P Goovaerts, Teresa Albuquerque, Margarida Antunes
This paper describes a multivariate geostatistical methodology to delineate areas of potential interest for future sedimentary gold exploration, with an application to an abandoned sedimentary gold mining region in Portugal. The main challenge was the existence of only a dozen gold measurements confined to the grounds of the old gold mines, which precluded the application of traditional interpolation techniques, such as cokriging. The analysis could, however, capitalize on 376 stream sediment samples that were analyzed for twenty two elements...
November 2016: Mathematical Geosciences
Jim Junhui Huang, Gagarin Bunjamin, Edwin Sianguan Teo, Deric Boonhuat Ng, Yuan Kun Lee
BACKGROUND: The design of photobioreactor (PBR) for outdoor mass cultivation of microalgae determines the distribution of solar irradiance among cells in the culture, mode of agitation, mass transfer efficacy, and energy consumption, thus determines the productivity of the system and the cost of production. In this study, the concept of a floating photobioreactor with rotation function is proposed. Dunaliella tertiolecta, a model microalga, cultured in the attached vessels was evaluated...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
F B Pereira, J L Luque
Molecular and morphological characterization of two species of Cucullanidae from freshwater fish in Brazil are provided, one of which represented an undescribed taxon. Cucullanus opisthoporus n. sp. was collected in Cichla melaniae from River Xingu, State of Pará, and in C. pinima from River Jamarí, State of Rondônia. Nematodes referable to Cucullanus grandistomis were collected in Oxydoras niger from River Xingu. The new species has an appendage in the tail tip, ventrally covered by small spines, which is an exclusive feature of Cucullanus tucunarensis...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Helminthology
Kamlesh Shrivas, Pathik Maji, Khemchand Dewangan
We report a simple, selective and sensitive colorimetric assay for onsite determination of Ni(II) and Ba(II) from river, pond and tap water samples using the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of malonate capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as a chemical sensor. The method is based on the color change and red shift of LSPR absorption band in visible region that caused by the aggregation of NPs because of the coordination complex between Ba(II) and Ni(II) with carboxylate ions of malonate capped AuNPs...
October 17, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Yang Wu, Guanyong Su, Song Tang, Wei Liu, Zhiyuan Ma, Xinmei Zheng, Hongling Liu, Hongxia Yu
Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), a substitute for brominated flame retardants (FRs) that have been phased out of use, is frequently detected in aqueous environments. However, previous studies on its endocrine disrupting effects have mainly focused on terrestrial mammals. Here, to comprehensively evaluate the potential adverse effects of TCEP on aquatic vertebrates, zebrafish was used as a model to examine developmental phenotypes. The underlying mechanisms of toxicity of TCEP were further explored using in silico and in vivo approaches...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Meghan L M Fuzzen, Leslie M Bragg, Gerald R Tetreault, Paulina A Bahamonde, Rajiv N Tanna, Charles J Bennett, Mark E McMaster, Mark R Servos
Municipal wastewater effluent (MWWE) and its constituents, such as chemicals of emerging concern, pose a potential threat to the sustainability of fish populations by disrupting key endocrine functions in aquatic organisms. While studies have demonstrated changes in biological markers of exposure of aquatic organisms to groups of chemicals of emerging concern, the variability of these markers over time has not been sufficiently described in wild fish species. The aim of this study was to assess the spatial and temporal variability of biological markers in response to MWWE exposure and to test the consistency of these responses between seasons and among years...
2016: PloS One
Lesley S de Souza, James C Godwin, Mark A Renshaw, Eric Larson
Environmental DNA (eDNA) holds great promise for conservation applications like the monitoring of invasive or imperiled species, yet this emerging technique requires ongoing testing in order to determine the contexts over which it is effective. For example, little research to date has evaluated how seasonality of organism behavior or activity may influence detection probability of eDNA. We applied eDNA to survey for two highly imperiled species endemic to the upper Black Warrior River basin in Alabama, US: the Black Warrior Waterdog (Necturus alabamensis) and the Flattened Musk Turtle (Sternotherus depressus)...
2016: PloS One
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