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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922096/enantiomer-signature-and-carbon-isotope-evidence-for-the-migration-and-transformation-of-ddts-in-arable-soils-across-china
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Lili Niu, Chao Xu, Siyu Zhu, Huiming Bao, Yang Xu, Hongyi Li, Zhijian Zhang, Xichang Zhang, Jiguo Qiu, Weiping Liu
Due to the adverse impact of DDTs on ecosystems and humans, a full fate assessment deems a comprehensive study on their occurrence in soils over a large region. Through a sampling campaign across China, we measured the concentrations, enantiomeric fractions (EFs), compound-specific carbon isotope composition of DDT and its metabolites, and the microbial community in related arable soils. The geographically total DDT concentrations are higher in eastern than western China. The EFs and δ(13)C of o,p'-DDT in soils from western China show smaller deviations from those of racemic/standard compound, indicating the DDT residues there mainly result from atmospheric transport...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919162/isotope-fractionation-of-sandy-soil-water-during-evaporation-an-experimental-study
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Wen-Bo Rao, Liang-Feng Han, Hong-Bing Tan, Shuai Wang
Soil samples containing water with known stable isotopic compositions were prepared. The soil water was recovered by using vacuum/heat distillation. The experiments were held under different conditions to control rates of water evaporation and water recovery. Recoveries, δ(18)O and δ(2)H values of the soil water were determined. Analyses of the data using a Rayleigh distillation model indicate that under the experimental conditions only loosely bound water is extractable in cases where the recovery is smaller than 100 %...
December 5, 2016: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917167/potential-for-sulfate-reduction-in-mangrove-forest-soils-comparison-between-two-dominant-species-of-the-americas
#3
Melike Balk, Joost A Keuskamp, Hendrikus J Laanbroek
Avicennia and Rhizophora are globally occurring mangrove genera with different traits that place them in different parts of the intertidal zone. It is generally accepted that the oxidizing capacity of Avicennia roots is larger than that of Rhizophora roots, which initiates more reduced conditions in the soil below the latter genus. We hypothesize that the more reduced conditions beneath Rhizophora stands lead to more active sulfate-reducing microbial communities compared to Avicennia stands. To test this hypothesis, we measured sulfate reduction traits in soil samples collected from neighboring Avicennia germinans and Rhizophora mangle stands at three different locations in southern Florida...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917005/distinct-respiratory-responses-of-soils-to-complex-organic-substrate-are%C3%A2-governed-predominantly-by-soil-architecture-and-its-microbial-community
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F C Fraser, L C Todman, R Corstanje, L K Deeks, J A Harris, M Pawlett, A P Whitmore, K Ritz
Factors governing the turnover of organic matter (OM) added to soils, including substrate quality, climate, environment and biology, are well known, but their relative importance has been difficult to ascertain due to the interconnected nature of the soil system. This has made their inclusion in mechanistic models of OM turnover or nutrient cycling difficult despite the potential power of these models to unravel complex interactions. Using high temporal-resolution respirometery (6 min measurement intervals), we monitored the respiratory response of 67 soils sampled from across England and Wales over a 5 day period following the addition of a complex organic substrate (green barley powder)...
December 2016: Soil Biology & Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916300/seasonal-induced-changes-in-spinach-rhizosphere-microbial-community-structure-with-varying-salinity-and-drought
#5
A Mark Ibekwe, Selda Ors, Jorge F S Ferreira, Xuan Liu, Donald L Suarez
Salinity is a common problem under irrigated agriculture, especially in low rainfall and high evaporative demand areas of southwestern United States and other semi-arid regions around the world. However, studies on salinity effects on soil microbial communities are relatively few while the effects of irrigation-induced salinity on soil chemical and physical properties and plant growth are well documented. In this study, we examined the effects of salinity, temperature, and temporal variability on soil and rhizosphere microbial communities in sand tanks irrigated with prepared solutions designed to simulate saline wastewater...
December 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916299/measurements-of-background-radiation-levels-around-indian-station-bharati-during-33rd-indian-scientific-expedition-to-antarctica
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A K Bakshi, Rama Prajith, S Chinnaesakki, Rupali Pal, Deepa Sathian, Ajay Dhar, T Palani Selvam, B K Sapra, D Datta
A comprehensive measurement of radioactivity concentrations of the primordial radionuclides (238)U, (232)Th and (40)K and their decay products in the soil samples collected from the sites of Indian research stations, Bharati and Maitri, at Antarctica was carried out using gamma spectrometric method. The activity concentrations in the soil samples of Bharati site were observed to be few times higher than of Maitri site. The major contributor to radioactivity content in the soil at Bharati site is (232)Th radionuclide in higher concentration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916262/effect-of-co-application-of-nano-zero-valent-iron-and-biochar-on-the-total-and-freely-dissolved-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-removal-and-toxicity-of-contaminated-soils
#7
Patryk Oleszczuk, Michał Kołtowski
The aim of this study was to investigate co-application of biochar and nano zero-valent iron (nZVI) in order to increase the degradation of PAHs and reduce the toxicity of soils historically contaminated with these compounds. To performed the experiment biochar, biochar with nZVI (2 g kg(-1) or 10 g kg(-1) soil), or nZVI alone (2 g kg(-1) or 10 g kg(-1) soil) were added to the PAHs contaminated soils. The soils alone and soils with amendments were aged by mixing for 7 and 30 days. After that the chemical analysis were carried out and total (Ctot) and Cfree PAH content in the samples were determined...
December 1, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916135/integrating-chemical-imaging-of-cationic-trace-metal-solutes-and-ph-into-a-single-hydrogel-layer
#8
Christoph Hoefer, Jakob Santner, Sergey M Borisov, Walter W Wenzel, Markus Puschenreiter
Gel-based, two-dimensional (2D) chemical imaging techniques are versatile methods for investigating biogeochemically active environments at high spatial resolution (sub-mm). State-of-the-art solute imaging techniques, such as diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) and planar optodes (PO), employ passive solute sampling or sensing. Combining these methods will provide powerful tools for studying the biogeochemistry of biological niches in soils and sediments. In this study we aimed at developing a combined single-layer gel for direct pH imaging using PO and sampling of anionic and cationic solutes by DGT, with subsequent analysis of the bound solutes by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915411/saccharothrix-ghardaiensis-sp-nov-an-actinobacterium-isolated-from-saharan-soil
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Khaoula Bouznada, Noureddine Bouras, Salim Mokrane, Fawzia Chaabane Chaouch, Abdelghani Zitouni, Gabriele Pötter, Cathrin Spröer, Hans-Peter Klenk, Nasserdine Sabaou
The taxonomic position of a new Saccharothrix strain, designated MB46(T), isolated from a Saharan soil sample collected in Mzab region (Ghardaïa province, South Algeria) was established following a polyphasic approach. The novel microorganism has morphological and chemical characteristics typical of the members of the genus Saccharothrix and formed a phyletic line at the periphery of the Saccharothrix espanaensis subcluster in the 16S rRNA gene dendrograms. Results of the 16S rRNA gene sequence comparisons revealed that strain MB46(T) shares high degrees of similarity with S...
December 3, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915285/depth-dependent-influence-of-different-land-use-systems-on-bacterial-biogeography
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Brent J Seuradge, Maren Oelbermann, Josh D Neufeld
Despite progress in understanding microbial biogeography of surface soils, few studies have investigated depth-dependent distributions of terrestrial microorganisms in subsoils. We leveraged high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA genes obtained from soils collected from the RARE: Charitable Research Reserve (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) to assess the influence of depth on bacterial communities across various land-use types. Although bacterial communities were strongly influenced by depth across all sites, the magnitude of this influence was variable and demonstrated that land-use attributes also played a significant role in shaping soil bacterial communities...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914859/fine-and-ultrafine-atmospheric-particulate-matter-at-a-multi-influenced-urban-site-physicochemical-characterization-mutagenicity-and-cytotoxicity
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Yann Landkocz, Frédéric Ledoux, Véronique André, Fabrice Cazier, Paul Genevray, Dorothée Dewaele, Perrine J Martin, Capucine Lepers, Anthony Verdin, Lucie Courcot, Saâd Boushina, François Sichel, Maurizio Gualtieri, Pirouz Shirali, Dominique Courcot, Sylvain Billet
Particulate Matter (PM) air pollution is one of the major concerns for environment and health. Understanding the heterogeneity and complexity of fine and ultrafine PM is a fundamental issue notably for the assessment of PM toxicological effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate mutagenicity and cytotoxicity of a multi-influenced urban site PM, with or without the ultrafine fraction. For this purpose, PM2.5-0.3 (PM with aerodynamic diameter ranging from 0.3 to 2.5 μm) and PM2.5 were collected in Dunkerque, a French coastal industrial city and were extensively characterized for their physico-chemical properties, including inorganic and organic species...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914644/comparison-of-bacterial-growth-in-response-to-photodegraded-terrestrial-chromophoric-dissolved-organic-matter-in-two-lakes
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Yaling Su, En Hu, Muhua Feng, Yongdong Zhang, Feizhou Chen, Zhengwen Liu
Terrestrial chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) could subsidize lake food webs. Trophic state and altitude have a pronounced influence on the CDOM concentration and composition of a lake. The impact of future changes in solar radiation on high-altitude lakes is particularly alarming because these aquatic ecosystems experience the most pronounced radiation variation worldwide. Photodegradation experiments were conducted on terrestrial CDOM samples from oligotrophic alpine Lake Tiancai and low-altitude eutrophic Lake Xiaohu to investigate the response of bacterial growth to photodegraded CDOM...
November 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914643/fate-and-effect-of-imidacloprid-on-vermicompost-amended-soils-under-dissimilar-conditions-risk-for-soil-functions-structure-and-bacterial-abundance
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Jean Manuel Castillo Diaz, Fabrice Martin-Laurent, Jérèmie Beguet, Rogelio Nogales, Esperanza Romero
The fate and impact of pesticide on soil depend partly on the agricultural practices, such as prior treatment with pesticide and/or organic amendments. As a means of determining how the previous soil conditions can affect the fate of imidacloprid (IMI) and its effect on soil functions, experiments were made with soil samples, double-amended or not with either vine-shoot (W) or olive cake (O) vermicompost or contaminated or not with IMI. These soil samples, incubated for 3months, were placed in two microcosms (M1 with the pre-amended soils and M2 with the pre-exposed soils), treated with IMI and amended with vermicomposts and then incubated for 3months...
November 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914349/effects-of-clay-minerals-hydroxides-and-timing-of-dissolved-organic-matter-addition-on-the-competitive-sorption-of-copper-nickel-and-zinc-a-column-experiment
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Yasser Refaey, Boris Jansen, John R Parsons, Pim de Voogt, Simone Bagnis, Adriaan Markus, Abdel-Hamid El-Shater, Abdel-Aziz El-Haddad, Karsten Kalbitz
Infiltration of heavy metal (HM) polluted wastewater can seriously compromise soil and groundwater quality. Interactions between mineral soil components (e.g. clay minerals) and dissolved organic matter (DOM) play a crucial role in determining HM mobility in soils. In this study, the influence of the timing of addition of DOM, i.e. concurrent with or prior to HMs, on HM mobility was explored in a set of continuous flow column experiments using well defined natural soil samples amended with goethite, birnessite and/or smectite...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914287/an-assessment-of-the-environmental-fate-of-mercury-species-in-highly-polluted-brownfields-by-means-of-thermal-desorption
#15
M Rumayor, J R Gallego, E Rodríguez-Valdés, M Díaz-Somoano
High contents of mercury (Hg) have been found in old mining-metallurgy sites occurring a widespread contamination and degradation of the land. The ability to identify the Hg species present in these areas is essential to clarify fate of Hg and its bioavailability and additionally, to be able to parameterize remediation techniques based on thermal desorption in order to carry out a full-scale decontamination of the land. This study has proven the usefulness of a thermal programmed desorption procedure (Hg-TPD) for identifying Hg species in contaminated samples related to mining-metallurgy activities...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914031/a-simple-spectrofluorimetric-method-for-iron-determination-with-a-chalcone-based-schiff-base
#16
Nurhayat Özbek, Hakan Alp, Gonca Çelik, Tuğba Ak, Osman Can Çağılcı, Nurettin Yaylı, Ümmühan Ocak, Miraç Ocak
A chalcone-based Schiff base (5), capable of detecting iron (III) in partially aqueous media, has been designed, then synthesized by the condensation of 3-formyl-2-hydroxyquinoline and acetophenone. To determine iron (III) ion, a simple spectrofluorimetric method was developed by using the synthesized Schiff base. The developed method was validated by analyzing the certified reference material (CRM-SA-C Sandy Soil C). During the process of the determination of iron in food samples, satisfactory accuracy was obtained for spinach and rocket...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913413/new-arsenate-reductase-gene-arra-pcr-primers-for-diversity-assessment-and-quantification-in-environmental-samples
#17
Babur S Mirza, Darwin L Sorensen, R Ryan Dupont, Joan E McLean
: The extent of arsenic contamination in drinking water and its potential threat to human health have resulted in considerable research interest in the microbial species responsible for arsenic reduction. The arsenate reductase gene (arrA), an important component of the microbial arsenate reduction system, has been widely used as a biomarker to study arsenate reducing microorganisms. A new primer pair was designed and evaluated for qPCR and high-throughput sequencing of the arrA gene, because currently available PCR primers are not suitable for these applications...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912914/distribution-and-source-analysis-of-heavy-metals-in-soils-and-sediments-of-yueqing-bay-basin-east-china-sea
#18
Xiaohui Yang, Pengbao Wu, Aijing Yin, Huan Zhang, Ming Zhang, Chao Gao
Concentrations of heavy metals in coastal soils, stream sediments and intertidal sediments of Yueqing Bay basin were analyzed to study their distribution and trace the possible sources. According to various single- and multi-index methods, heavy metal enrichment, especially for Cu, Zn, Cr and Ni in stream sediments, should draw environmental concern. Controlling factors such as inorganic scavengers, organic matter, sample grain size and hydrodynamic conditions were identified to influence the transportation and distribution of metals within coastal soils and sediments...
November 29, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912136/modeling-the-interannual-variability-of-microbial-quality-metrics-of-irrigation-water-in-a-pennsylvania-stream
#19
Eun-Mi Hong, Daniel Shelton, Yakov A Pachepsky, Won-Ho Nam, Cary Coppock, Richard Muirhead
Knowledge of the microbial quality of irrigation waters is extremely limited. For this reason, the US FDA has promulgated the Produce Rule, mandating the testing of irrigation water sources for many farms. The rule requires the collection and analysis of at least 20 water samples over two to four years to adequately evaluate the quality of water intended for produce irrigation. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of interannual weather variability on surface water microbial quality. We used the Soil and Water Assessment Tool model to simulate E...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912011/reduced-snow-cover-alters-root-microbe-interactions-and-decreases-nitrification-rates-in-a-northern-hardwood-forest
#20
Patrick O Sorensen, Pamela H Templer, Lynn Christenson, Jorge Duran, Timothy Fahey, Melany C Fisk, Peter M Groffman, Jennifer L Morse, Adrien C Finzi
Snow cover is projected to decline during the next century in many ecosystems that currently experience a seasonal snowpack. Because snow insulates soils from frigid winter air temperatures, soils are expected to become colder and experience more winter soil freeze-thaw cycles as snow cover continues to decline. Tree roots are adversely affected by snowpack reduction, but whether loss of snow will affect root-microbe interactions remains largely unknown. The objective of this study was to distinguish and attribute direct (e...
December 2016: Ecology
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