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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444520/elevational-plant-species-richness-patterns-and-their-drivers-across-non-endemics-endemics-and-growth-forms-in-the-eastern-himalaya
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Kumar Manish, Maharaj K Pandit, Yasmeen Telwala, Dinesh C Nautiyal, Lian Pin Koh, Sudha Tiwari
Despite decades of research, ecologists continue to debate how spatial patterns of species richness arise across elevational gradients on the Earth. The equivocal results of these studies could emanate from variations in study design, sampling effort and data analysis. In this study, we demonstrate that the richness patterns of 2,781 (2,197 non-endemic and 584 endemic) angiosperm species along an elevational gradient of 300-5,300 m in the Eastern Himalaya are hump-shaped, spatial scale of extent (the proportion of elevational gradient studied) dependent and growth form specific...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442658/predominant-but-previously-overlooked-prokaryotic-drivers-of-reductive-nitrogen-transformation-in-paddy-soils-revealed-by-metatranscriptomics
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Yoko Masuda, Hideomi Itoh, Yutaka Shiratori, Kazuo Isobe, Shigeto Otsuka, Keishi Senoo
Waterlogged paddy soils possess anoxic zones in which microbes actively induce reductive nitrogen transformation (RNT). In the present study, a shotgun RNA sequencing analysis (metatranscriptomics) of paddy soil samples revealed that most RNT gene transcripts in paddy soils were derived from Deltaproteobacteria, particularly the genera Anaeromyxobacter and Geobacter. Despite the frequent detection of the rRNA of these microbes in paddy soils, their RNT-associated genes have rarely been identified in previous PCR-based studies...
April 22, 2017: Microbes and Environments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442321/high-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-soil-transmitted-helminth-co-infections-in-a-periurban-community-in-kwara-state-nigeria
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Olarewaju A Babamale, Uade S Ugbomoiko, Jorg Heukelbach
Prevalence of malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections, and the burden of disease are enormous in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-infections aggravate the clinical outcome, but are common due to an overlap of endemic areas. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess prevalence, intensity of infection and association between malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections in a typical periurban community in Kwara State. Fresh blood and faecal samples were examined using thick blood film and Kato-Katz smear techniques...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442259/microbial-community-structure-and-diversity-in-a-municipal-solid-waste-landfill
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Xiaolin Wang, Aixin Cao, Guozhu Zhao, Chuanbin Zhou, Rui Xu
Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the most prevalent waste disposal method and constitute one of the largest sources of anthropogenic methane emissions in the world. Microbial activities in disposed waste play a crucial role in greenhouse gas emissions; however, only a few studies have examined metagenomic microbial profiles in landfills. Here, the MiSeq high-throughput sequencing method was applied for the first time to examine microbial diversity of the cover soil and stored waste located at different depths (0-150cm) in a typical MSW landfill in Yangzhou City, East China...
April 22, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442005/implications-of-using-different-water-sources-when-hydrologically-compacting-bioretention-columns
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Clayton A Stahnke, Cara J Poor
  Many investigators have conducted research on bioretention systems both in the laboratory and field. There is little consensus on which sources of water are best suited to hydrologically compact bioretention columns. Water with low ionic strength can leach ions from soil media, resulting in a different soil chemistry environment than would be found in typical bioretention applications. Soil columns were hydrologically compacted with three different water sources often used in column studies: deionized water, tap water, and rain water...
May 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441624/various-soil-amendments-and-environmental-wastes-affect-the-im-mobilization-and-phytoavailability-of-potentially-toxic-elements-in-a-sewage-effluent-irrigated-sandy-soil
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Sabry M Shaheen, Mohamed S Shams, Mohamed R Khalifa, Mohamed A El-Dali, Jörg Rinklebe
Contamination of long-term sewage effluent irrigated soils by potentially toxic elements (PTEs) is a serious concern due to its high environmental and health risk. Our scientific hypothesis is that soil amendments can cause contradictory effects on the element mobilization and phytoavailability depending on the type of element and amendment. Therefore, we aimed to assess the impact of the application (1%) of several low cost amendments and environmental wastes on the (im)mobilization, availability, and uptake of Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, and Zn by sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in a long term sewage effluent irrigated sandy soils collected from Egypt...
April 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441595/modelling-drivers-and-distribution-of-lead-and-zinc-concentrations-in-soils-of-an-urban-catchment-sydney-estuary-australia
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L E Johnson, T F A Bishop, G F Birch
The human population is increasing globally and land use is changing to accommodate for this growth. Soils within urban areas require closer attention as the higher population density increases the chance of human exposure to urban contaminants. One such example of an urban area undergoing an increase in population density is Sydney, Australia. The city also possesses a notable history of intense industrial activity. By integrating multiple soil surveys and covariates into a linear mixed model, it was possible to determine the main drivers and map the distribution of lead and zinc concentrations within the Sydney estuary catchment...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441592/characterization-of-major-natural-and-anthropogenic-source-profiles-for-size-fractionated-pm-in-yangtze-river-delta
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Pulong Chen, Tijian Wang, Mei Dong, Matthew Kasoar, Yong Han, Min Xie, Shu Li, Bingliang Zhuang, Mengmeng Li, Tunan Huang
Samples of size-fractionated particles were collected from local natural and anthropogenic sources in two industrial cities in the Yangtze River Delta, using either grab/resuspension sampling or ambient air sampling. The chemical characterizations of twenty one source profiles were obtained, based on elements (Al, As, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Pb and Zn), soluble ions (Cl(-), NO3(-), SO4(2-), NH4(+), K(+), Na(+) and Ca(2+)) and carbonaceous material such as organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441576/fate-and-redistribution-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-through-afff-impacted-groundwater
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Jennifer Bräunig, Christine Baduel, Amy Heffernan, Anna Rotander, Eric Donaldson, Jochen F Mueller
Leaching of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from a local point source, a fire-fighting training area, has led to extensive contamination of a groundwater aquifer which has spread underneath part of a nearby town, Oakey, situated in the State of Queensland, Australia. Groundwater is extracted by residents from privately owned wells for daily activities such as watering livestock and garden beds. The concentration of 10 PFAAs in environmental and biological samples (water, soil, grass, chicken egg yolk, serum of horses, cattle and sheep), as well as human serum was investigated to determine the extent of contamination in the town and discuss fate and redistribution of PFAAs...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441441/a-novel-multiplexed-probe-based-quantitative-pcr-assay-for-the-soybean-root-and-stem-rot-pathogen-phytophthora-sojae-utilizes-its-transposable-element
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James S Haudenshield, Jeong Y Song, Glen L Hartman
Phytophthora root rot of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] is caused by the oomycete Phytophthora sojae (Kaufm. & Gerd.). P. sojae has a narrow host range, consisting primarily of soybean, and it is a serious pathogen worldwide. It exists in root and stem tissues as mycelium, wherein it can form oospores which subsequently germinate to release motile, infectious zoospores. Molecular assays detecting DNA of P. sojae are useful in disease diagnostics, and for determining the presence of the organism in host tissues, soils, and runoff or ponded water from potentially infested fields...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440966/lead-levels-in-vegetables-from-artisanal-mining-sites-of-dilimi-river-bukuru-and-barkin-ladi-north-central-nigeria-cancer-and-non-cancer-risk-assessment
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Orish Ebere Orisakwe, Emmanuel Ayuba Dagur, Herbert Orji Chidi Mbagwu, Nnaemeka Arinze Udowelle
Lead (Pb) contamination of foods and especially of frequently consumed vegetables is a growing public health concern worldwide. Although levels of exposure in developed countries have declined over the past decades, the same cannot be said of developing countries. Health risk assessment has increasingly been employed to determine the potential hazard of heavy metal exposure to humans. In this study vegetable samples (tomatoes, red pepper, brown beans, lettuce, cabbage, Irish potatoes, onions, green beans and carrot), soil samples, irrigation water and sediment samples were collected from the Dilimi River, Bukuru and Barkin Ladi communities in north central Nigeria and analyzed for Pb content using atomic absorption spectroscopy...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440637/identification-of-emerging-brominated-chemicals-as-the-transformation-products-of-tetrabromobisphenol-a-tbbpa-derivatives-in-soil
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Aifeng Liu, Jianbo Shi, Guangbo Qu, Ligang Hu, Qianchi Ma, Maoyong Song, Chuanyong Jing, Guibin Jiang
In contrast to the extensive investigation already conducted on tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), the metabolism of TBBPA derivatives is still largely unknown. In this paper, we characterized unknown brominated compounds detected in 84 soil samples collected from sites around three brominated flame retardants production plants to determine possible transformation products of TBBPA derivatives. In addition to tribromobisphenol A (TriBBPA), dibromobisphenol A (DBBPA) and TBBPA, six novel transformation products, TriBBPA mono(allyl ether) (TriBBPA-MAE), DBBPA-MAE, hydroxyl TriBBPA-MAE, TBBPA mono(2-bromo-3-hydroxypropyl ether) (TBBPA-MBHPE), TBBPA mono(2,3-dihydroxypropyl ether) (TBBPA-MDHPE), and TBBPA mono(3-hydroxypropyl ether) (TBBPA-MHPE) were identified...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
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Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440376/occurrence-of-perchlorate-in-groundwater-paired-farmland-soil-lettuce-and-rhizosphere-soil-from-chengdu-china
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Yulu Tang, Bifeng Zhong, Bing Qu, Shujin Feng, Sanglan Ding, Shijun Su, Zhi Li, Zhiwei Gan
A total of 28 groundwater, paired farmland soil, lettuce, and its rhizosphere soil samples were collected from Chengdu, China to detect perchlorate levels and to evaluate the relationships of perchlorate concentrations among these matrices. The perchlorate concentrations in the groundwater, farmland soil, lettuce, and rhizosphere soil samples ranged from below detection limit to 60.2 μg L(-1), from below detection limit to 249 μg kg(-1) dry weight (dw), from 2.07 to 1010 μg kg(-1) wet weight, and from below detection limit to 314 μg kg(-1) dw, respectively...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440077/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-the-standard-leonardite-humic-acid-microscopic-analysis-of-the-structure-and-dynamics
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Drazen Petrov, Daniel Tunega, Martin H Gerzabek, Chris Oostenbrink
Humic substances (HS) are abundant in the environment and play an important role in a number of biogeochemical processes including microbial activity, soil aggregation, plant growth, the retention and release of nutrients, the environmental fate of pollutants and carbon storage. They are flexible, relatively small molecules forming supramolecular structures through weak interactions. Despite the great importance of understanding their behavior at the atomic level, computational modeling, a premier high-resolution technique providing great level of detail, has been surprisingly little employed to study humic substances...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439036/reclassification-of-the-specialized-metabolite-producer-pseudomonas-mesoacidophila-atcc-31433-as-a-member-of-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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E Joel Loveridge, Cerith Jones, Matthew J Bull, Suzy C Moody, Małgorzata W Kahl, Zainab Khan, Louis Neilson, Marina Tomeva, Sarah E Adams, Andrew C Wood, Daniel Rodriguez-Martin, Ingrid Pinel, Julian Parkhill, Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, John Crosby
Pseudomonas mesoacidophila ATCC 31433 is a Gram-negative bacterium, first isolated from Japanese soil samples, which produces the monobactam isosulfazecin and the β-lactam potentiating bulgecins. To characterize the biosynthetic potential of P. mesoacidophila ATCC 31433 its complete genome was determined using single molecule real time DNA sequence analysis. The 7.8 Mb genome comprised four replicons: three chromosomal, each encoding ribosomal RNA, and one plasmid. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated that P...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438425/mobile-laboratories-an-innovative-and-efficient-solution-for-radiological-characterization-of-sites-under-or-after-decommissioning
#17
V Goudeau, B Daniel, D Dubot
During the operation and the decommissioning of a nuclear site the operator must assure the protection of the workers and the environment. It must furthermore identify and classify the various wastes, while optimizing the associated costs. At all stages of the decommissioning radiological measurements are performed to determine the initial situation, to monitor the demolition and clean-up, and to verify the final situation. Radiochemical analysis is crucial for the radiological evaluation process to optimize the clean-up operations and to the respect limits defined with the authorities...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438203/genetic-diversity-of-calcareous-grassland-plant-species-depends-on-historical-landscape-configuration
#18
Christoph Reisch, Sonja Schmidkonz, Katrin Meier, Quirin Schöpplein, Carina Meyer, Christian Hums, Christina Putz, Christoph Schmid
BACKGROUND: Habitat fragmentation is considered to be a main reason for decreasing genetic diversity of plant species. However, the results of many fragmentation studies are inconsistent. This may be due to the influence of habitat conditions, having an indirect effect on genetic variation via reproduction. Consequently we took a comparative approach to analyse the impact of habitat fragmentation and habitat conditions on the genetic diversity of calcareous grassland species in this study...
April 24, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437769/contamination-study-of-forest-track-soils-located-in-a-recreational-area-and-filled-with-steel-industry-waste-30years-ago
#19
Leticia Gómez-Nubla, Julene Aramendia, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Juan Manuel Madariaga
The reuse of waste is increasingly widespread in order to avoid the exploitation of natural resources and to reduce costs. An example of that reuse is the employment of steel slag, a by-product from the steel making process. When the steel is produced through an electric arc furnace (EAF), two types of slag are generated: black and white slag. One application rarely used for this waste is as filler in forest tracks. In this work, two forest tracks of the Basque Country (northern Spain) filled with black and white slag 19 and 35years ago, respectively, have been studied...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437768/glomeromycota-communities-survive-extreme-levels-of-metal-toxicity-in-an-orphan-mining-site
#20
I Sánchez-Castro, V Gianinazzi-Pearson, J C Cleyet-Marel, E Baudoin, D van Tuinen
Abandoned tailing basins and waste heaps of orphan mining sites are of great concern since extreme metal contamination makes soil improper for any human activity and is a permanent threat for nearby surroundings. Although spontaneous revegetation can occur, the process is slow or unsuccessful and rhizostabilisation strategies to reduce dispersal of contaminated dust represent an option to rehabilitate such sites. This requires selection of plants tolerant to such conditions, and optimization of their fitness and growth...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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