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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324836/pahs-behavior-in-surface-water-and-groundwater-of-the-yellow-river-estuary-evidence-from-isotopes-and-hydrochemistry
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Jing Li, Fadong Li, Qiang Liu
Large-scale irrigation projects have impacted the regional surface-groundwater interactions in the North China Plain (NCP). Given this concern, the aim of this study is to evaluate levels of PAH pollution, identify the sources of the PAHs, analyze the influence of surface-groundwater interactions on PAH distribution, and propose urgent management strategies for PAHs in China's agricultural areas. PAH concentrations, hydrochemical indicators and stable isotopic compositions (δ(18)O and δ(2)H) were determined for surface water (SW) and groundwater (GW) samples...
March 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324740/evolution-fruit-fly-clocks-on-the-edge
#2
Charalambos P Kyriacou
Fruit flies evolved in tropical regions under stable light-dark cycles. However, their photosensitive circadian clock had to adapt to extreme seasonal photoperiods during their colonisation of temperate regions. This was achieved by changing the neuronal expression of two key clock-related components.
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324277/using-multivariate-techniques-to-assess-the-effects-of-urbanization-on-surface-water-quality-a-case-study-in-the-liangjiang-new-area-china
#3
Kun Luo, Xuebin Hu, Qiang He, Zhengsong Wu, Hao Cheng, Zhenlong Hu, Asit Mazumder
Rapid urbanization in China has been causing dramatic deterioration in the water quality of rivers and threatening aquatic ecosystem health. In this paper, multivariate techniques, such as factor analysis (FA) and cluster analysis (CA), were applied to analyze the water quality datasets for 19 rivers in Liangjiang New Area (LJNA), China, collected in April (dry season) and September (wet season) of 2014 and 2015. In most sampling rivers, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, and fecal coliform exceeded the Class V guideline (GB3838-2002), which could thereby threaten the water quality in Yangtze and Jialing Rivers...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324258/optimizing-irrigation-and-nitrogen-for-wheat-through-empirical-modeling-under-semi-arid-environment
#4
Umer Saeed, Syed Aftab Wajid, Tasneem Khaliq, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
Nitrogen fertilizer availability to plants is strongly linked with water availability. Excessive or insufficient use of nitrogen can cause reduction in grain yield of wheat and environmental issues. The per capita per annum water availability in Pakistan has reduced to less than 1000 m(3) and is expected to reach 800 m(3) during 2025. Irrigating crops with 3 or more than 3 in. of depth without measuring volume of water is not a feasible option anymore. Water productivity and economic return of grain yield can be improved by efficient management of water and nitrogen fertilizer...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324160/regulation-of-blood-oxygen-transport-in-hibernating-mammals
#5
Inge G Revsbech, Angela Fago
Along with the periodic reductions in O2 requirements of mammalian hibernators during winter, the O2 affinity of the blood of mammalian hibernators is seasonally regulated to help match O2 supply to consumption, contributing to limit tissue oxidative stress, particularly at arousals. Specifically, mammalian hibernators consistently show an overall increase in the blood-O2 affinity, which causes a decreased O2 unloading to tissues, while having similar or lower tissue O2 tensions during hibernation. This overview explores how the decreased body temperature and concentration of red blood cell 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) that occur in hibernation contribute separately or in combination to the concurrent increase in the O2 affinity of the hemoglobin, the O2 carrier protein of the blood...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324157/water-fat-mri-in-a-hibernator-reveals-seasonal-growth-of-white-and-brown-adipose-tissue-without-cold-exposure
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Amanda MacCannell, Kevin Sinclair, Lannette Friesen-Waldner, Charles A McKenzie, James F Staples
Obligate hibernators, such as ground squirrels, display circannual patterns which persist even under constant laboratory conditions, suggesting that they are regulated by endogenous rhythms. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is important for thermogenesis during periodic arousals from hibernation when core body temperature rises spontaneously from 5 to 37 °C. In most small eutherians BAT growth requires several weeks of cold exposure. We hypothesized that in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), a hibernator, BAT growth is regulated, in part, by an endogenous rhythm and we predicted that this growth would precede the hibernation season without cold exposure...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324026/gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-gnih-the-piscine-ortholog-of-lpxrfa-participates-in-17%C3%AE-estradiol-feedback-in-female-goldfish-reproduction
#7
Xin Qi, Wenyi Zhou, Qingqing Wang, Liang Guo, Danqi Lu, Haoran Lin
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) plays a critical role in regulating GnRH, GtH and steroidogenesis in teleosts. In the present study, we sought to determine whether E2 (17β-estradiol) acts directly on GnIH neurons to regulate reproduction in goldfish, a seasonal breeder, and we investigated the role of estrogen receptors in mediating this process. We found that GnIH neurons co-express three types of ERs. Ovariectomy and letrozole implantation into female goldfish at the vitellogenic stage elicited a significant decrease in the expression of GnIH mRNA, and E2 supplementation abolished this effect...
January 4, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324006/effects-of-season-and-estradiol-on-kndy-neuron-peptides-colocalization-with-d2-dopamine-receptors-and-dopaminergic-inputs-in-the-ewe
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Peyton Weems, Jeremy Smith, Iain J Clarke, Lique M Coolen, Robert L Goodman, Michael N Lehman
Seasonal reproduction in sheep is primarily due to a dramatic increase in the ability of estradiol (E2) to inhibit the pulsatile secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) during the non-breeding season (anestrus). Recent findings suggest that KNDy (kisspeptin/neurokinin B/dynorphin) neurons of the arcuate nucleus (ARC) play a key role in conveying this negative feedback influence, with dopaminergic projections from the retrochiasmatic area acting upon KNDy cells to decrease kisspeptin release and thus inhibit GnRH pulses...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323855/etiology-of-acute-diarrhea-in-the-elderly-in-china-a-six-year-observational-study
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Zike Zhang, Shengjie Lai, Jianxing Yu, Qibin Geng, Wanqi Yang, Yu Chen, Jianguo Wu, Huaiqi Jing, Weizhong Yang, Zhongjie Li
Acute diarrhea leads to a substantial disease burden among the elderly worldwide. However, in the context of increasingly aging trend in China, the prevalence of etiological agents among elderly diarrheal patients was undetermined. This study aimed to explore the major enteropathogens of acute diarrhea among outpatients older than 65 years in China, and also the epidemiological features of the pathogens. Demographic and clinical data for acute diarrhea among outpatients older than 65 years were collected from 213 participating hospitals from 2009 to 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323565/surveillance-for-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-in-wild-turkeys-meleagris-gallopavo-of-minnesota-during-2015-outbreaks-in-domestic-poultry
#10
Christopher S Jennelle, Michelle Carstensen, Erik C Hildebrand, Paul C Wolf, Daniel A Grear, Hon S Ip, Louis Cornicelli
An outbreak of a novel reassortant of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N2) virus (HPAIV) decimated domestic turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) from March through mid-June, 2015 in the state of Minnesota, USA. In response, as part of broader surveillance efforts in wild birds, we designed a pilot effort to sample and test hunter-harvested Wild Turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) for HPAIV in Minnesota counties with known infected poultry facilities. We also collected opportunistic samples from dead Wild Turkeys or live Wild Turkeys showing neurologic signs (morbidity and mortality samples) reported by the public or state agency personnel...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323451/phytostabilization-of-heavy-metals-by-the-emergent-macrophyte-vossia-cuspidata-roxb-griff-a-phytoremediation-approach
#11
Tarek M Galal, Fatma A Gharib, Safia M Ghazi, Khalid H Mansour
The present study was conducted to investigate the potential of Vossia cuspidata as a phytoremediator to accumulate heavy metals from polluted water bodies. Thirty-two quadrats, distributed equally in eight sites (six polluted sites along Ismailia canal and two unpolluted sites along the Nile River) were selected seasonally for plant, water and sediment investigations. Winter plants recorded the highest values of shoot height, diameter, and leaf width, but the lowest shoot density. Plants collected in autumn had the lowest values of leaf length, width and area, while those in spring had the highest shoot density, with the lowest shoot height...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320120/seasonal-variations-of-25-oh-vitamin-d-serum-levels-are-associated-with-clinical-disease-activity-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#12
Christina Hartl, Viola Obermeier, Lisa Ann Gerdes, Mathias Brügel, Rüdiger von Kries, Tania Kümpfel
Low 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-[OH]-D) serum concentrations have been associated with higher disease activity in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. In a large cross-sectional study we assessed the vitamin D status in MS patients in relation to seasonality and relapse rate. 415 MS-patients (355 relapsing-remitting MS and 60 secondary-progressive, 282 female, mean age 39.1years) of whom 25-(OH)-D serum concentrations were determined at visits between 2010 and 2013 were included in the study. All clinical data including relapse at visit and expanded disability status scale were recorded in a standardized manner by an experienced neurologist...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319887/physico-chemical-and-genotoxicity-analysis-of-guaribas-river-water-in-the-northeast-brazil
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João Marcelo de Castro E Sousa, Ana Paula Peron, Felipe Cavalcanti Carneiro da Silva, Ellifran Bezerra de Siqueira Dantas, Ataíde de Macedo Vieira Lima, Victor Alves de Oliveira, Leomá Albuquerque Matos, Márcia Fernanda Correia Jardim Paz, Marcus Vinicius Oliveira Barros de Alencar, Muhammad Torequl Islam, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Cláudia Costa Bonecker, Horácio Ferreira Júlio
River pollution in Brazil is significant. This study aimed to evaluate the physico-chemical and genotoxic profiles of the Guaribas river water, located in Northeast Brazil (State of Piauí, Brazil). The study conducted during the dry and wet seasons to understand the frequency of pollution throughout the year. Genotoxicity analysis was done with the blood of Oreochromis niloticus by using the comet assay. Water samples were collected from upstream, within and downstream the city Picos. The results suggest a significant (p < 0...
March 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319862/multi-phase-distribution-and-comprehensive-ecological-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metal-pollutants-in-a-river-affected-by-acid-mine-drainage
#14
Jianbo Liao, Xuan Ru, Binbin Xie, Wanhui Zhang, Haizhen Wu, Chaofei Wu, Chaohai Wei
To date, there is a lack of a comprehensive research on heavy metals detection and ecological risk assessment in river water, sediments, pore water (PW) and suspended solids (SS). Here, the concentrations of heavy metals, including Cu, Zn, Mn, Cd, Pb and As, and their distribution between the four phases was studied. Samples for analysis were taken from twelve sites of the Hengshi River, Guangdong Province, China, during the rainy and dry seasons. A new comprehensive ecological risk index (CERI) based on considering metal contents, pollution indices, toxicity coefficients and water categories is offered for prediction of potential risk on aquatic organisms...
March 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319762/growth-of-algal-biomass-in-laboratory-and-in-large-scale-algal-photobioreactors-in-the-temperate-climate-of-western-germany
#15
Christina Schreiber, Dominik Behrendt, Gregor Huber, Christian Pfaff, Janka Widzgowski, Bärbel Ackermann, Andreas Müller, Vilém Zachleder, Šárka Moudříková, Peter Mojzeš, Ulrich Schurr, Johan Grobbelaar, Ladislav Nedbal
Growth of Chlorella vulgaris was characterized as a function of irradiance in a laboratory turbidostat (1L) and compared to batch growth in sunlit modules (5-25L) of the commercial NOVAgreen photobioreactor. The effects of variable sunlight and culture density were deconvoluted by a mathematical model. The analysis showed that algal growth was light-limited due to shading by external construction elements and due to light attenuation within the algal bags. The model was also used to predict maximum biomass productivity...
March 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319719/year-round-phytofiltration-lagoon-assessment-using-pistia-stratiotes-within-a-pilot-plant-scale-biorefinery
#16
Eugenia J Olguín, Daniel A García-López, Ricardo E González-Portela, Gloria Sánchez-Galván
Phytofiltration lagoons are phytoremediation technologies suitable for tropical and sub-tropical regions requiring cost-effective and echo-friendly technologies. A biorefinery of fourth generation has been implemented at pilot plant level in Xalapa, Mexico, and the phytofiltration lagoon, being the first module for provision of treated water and plant biomass for biofuel production plays a key role. The aim of this work was to evaluate the performance of such phytofiltration lagoon with a working volume of 13,000 L for the removal of nutrients from an urban river polluted with domestic wastewater and the biomass productivity of the macrophyte Pistia stratiotes, during five different experimental periods, comprising 42 days each one...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319708/effect-of-application-of-dairy-manure-effluent-and-inorganic-fertilizer-on-nitrogen-leaching-in-clayey-fluvo-aquic-soil-a-lysimeter-study
#17
Jianling Fan, Jiao Xiao, Deyan Liu, Guiping Ye, Jiafa Luo, David Houlbrooke, Seth Laurenson, Jing Yan, Lvjun Chen, Jinping Tian, Weixin Ding
Dairy farm manure and effluent are applied to cropland in China to provide a source of plant nutrients, but there are concerns over its effect on nitrogen (N) leaching loss and groundwater quality. To investigate the effects of land application of dairy manure and effluent on potential N leaching loss, two lysimeter trials were set up in clayey fluvo-aquic soil in a winter wheat-summer maize rotation cropping system on the North China Plain. The solid dairy manure trial included control without N fertilization (CK), inorganic N fertilizer (SNPK), and fresh (RAW) and composted (COM) dairy manure...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319698/the-combined-effect-of-reduced-fossil-fuel-consumption-and-increasing-biomass-combustion-on-athens-air-quality-as-inferred-from-long-term-co-measurements
#18
Myrto Gratsea, Eleni Liakakou, Nikos Mihalopoulos, Anastasios Adamopoulos, Eirini Tsilibari, Evangelos Gerasopoulos
To evaluate the role of biomass burning emissions, and in particular of residential wood heating, as a result of the economic recession in Greece, carbon monoxide (CO) atmospheric concentrations from five (5) stations of the National Air Pollution Monitoring Network in Athens, spanning the period 2000-2015, in conjunction with black carbon (BC) concentrations from the NOA (National Observatory of Athens) station at Thissio were analysed. The contribution of the different sources to the diurnal cycle of these two pollutants is clear, resulting to a morning peak, mainly due to traffic, and a late evening peak attributed both to fossil fuel (traffic plus central heating) and biomass combustion...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319178/inter-nesting-movements-and-habitat-use-of-adult-female-kemp-s-ridley-turtles-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
#19
Donna J Shaver, Kristen M Hart, Ikuko Fujisaki, David Bucklin, Autumn R Iverson, Cynthia Rubio, Thomas F Backof, Patrick M Burchfield, Raul de Jesus Gonzales Diaz Miron, Peter H Dutton, Amy Frey, Jaime Peña, Daniel Gomez Gamez, Hector J Martinez, Jaime Ortiz
Species vulnerability is increased when individuals congregate in restricted areas for breeding; yet, breeding habitats are not well defined for many marine species. Identification and quantification of these breeding habitats are essential to effective conservation. Satellite telemetry and switching state-space modeling (SSM) were used to define inter-nesting habitat of endangered Kemp's ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in the Gulf of Mexico. Turtles were outfitted with satellite transmitters after nesting at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, USA, from 1998 through 2013 (n = 60); Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, during 2010 and 2011 (n = 11); and Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, during 2012 and 2013 (n = 11)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319119/evaluating-the-combined-effects-of-ballast-water-management-and-trade-dynamics-on-transfers-of-marine-organisms-by-ships
#20
Katharine J Carney, Mark S Minton, Kimberly K Holzer, A Whitman Miller, Linda D McCann, Gregory M Ruiz
Global trade by merchant ships is a leading mechanism for the unintentional transfer of marine organisms, including non-indigenous species, to bays and estuaries worldwide. To reduce the likelihood of new invasions, ships are increasingly being required to manage their ballast water (BW) prior to discharge in coastal waters. In the United States, most overseas arrivals have been required to manage BW discharge since 2004, primarily through ballast water exchange (BWE), which flushes out ballast tanks in the open ocean (>200 miles from shore)...
2017: PloS One
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