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Yue Gao, Paulo Baisch, Nicolai Mirlean, Flavio Manoel Rodrigues da Silva Júnior, Nik Van Larebeke, Willy Baeyens, Martine Leermakers
In North Sea and Port Açu (Brazil) coastal areas, high arsenic (As) concentrations were observed in water, soil and sediments. Therefore, the impact of this contamination on fish and shellfish species bought from local fishermen was studied. Total As was assessed with ICP-OES (Brazil) and ICP-MS (North Sea) after microwave digestion. Toxic As was assessed with liquid chromatography-ICP-MS (Brazil) and hydride generation-atomic fluorescence spectrometry (North Sea). All analytical methods comply with Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures...
October 7, 2017: Chemosphere
Masako Takashima, Sira Sriswasdi, Ri-Ichiroh Manabe, Moriya Ohkuma, Takashi Sugita, Wataru Iwasaki
To construct a backbone tree consisting of basidiomycetous yeasts, draft genome sequences from 25 species of Trichosporonales (Tremellomycetes, Basidiomycota) were generated. In addition to the hybrid genomes of Trichosporon coremiiforme and T. ovoides that we described previously, we identified an interspecies hybrid genome in Cutaneotrichosporon mucoides (formerly T. mucoides). This hybrid genome had a gene retention rate of approximately 55%, and its closest haploid relative was C. dermatis. After constructing the C...
October 13, 2017: Yeast
Frederick M Cohan
Any two lineages, no matter how distant they are now, began their divergence as one population splitting into two lineages that could coexist indefinitely. The rate of origin of higher-level taxa is therefore the product of the rate of speciation times the probability that two new species coexist long enough to reach a particular level of divergence. Here I have explored these two parameters of disparification in bacteria. Owing to low recombination rates, sexual isolation is not a necessary milestone of bacterial speciation...
October 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
Martín García-Varela, Berenit Mendoza-Garfias, Anindo Choudhury, Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León
Pomphorhynchus purhepechus n. sp. is described from the intestine of the Mexican redhorse Moxostoma austrinum Bean (Catostomidae) in central Mexico. The new species can be distinguished from the other seven described species of Pomphorhynchus Monticelli, 1905 in the Americas by a subspherical proboscis and 14 longitudinal rows with 16-18 hooks each; the third and the fourth row of hooks are alternately longest. Sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) gene and the large subunit (LSU) rDNA (including the domains D2-D3) were used to corroborate the morphological distinction between the new species and Pomphorhynchus bulbocolli Linkins in Van Cleave, 1919, a species widely distributed in several freshwater fish species across Canada, USA, and Mexico...
October 12, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
Zhonge Hou, Shuqiang Li
The Tethys Ocean existed between the continents of Gondwana and Laurasia from the Triassic to the Pliocene. Analyses of multiple biogeographic and phylogenetic histories reveal that the subsequent breakup of the Tethys greatly influenced the distributions of many species. The ancestral Tethyan realm broke into five biogeographic provinces, including the present-day East Pacific, West Atlantic, East Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, and Indo-West Pacific. Palaeogeographic maps illustrate the Mesozoic Atlantic opening, the Cenozoic closure of the Tethys, the Messinian Salinity Crisis, the mid-Miocene closure of the Central American Seaway, and Quaternary geological changes...
October 12, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
Melanie J Monroe, Folmer Bokma
Density-dependence is a term used in ecology to describe processes such as birth and death rates that are regulated by the number of individuals in a population. Evolutionary biologists have borrowed the term to describe decreasing rates of species accumulation, suggesting that speciation and extinction rates depend on the total number of species in a clade. If this analogy with ecological density-dependence holds, diversification of clades is restricted because species compete for limited resources. We hypothesize that such competition should not only affect numbers of species, but also prevent species from being phenotypically similar...
2017: PloS One
Lu Zhang, Pengwei Xu, Yanfei Cai, Lulin Ma, Shifeng Li, Shufa Li, Weijia Xie, Jie Song, Lvchun Peng, Huijun Yan, Ling Zou, Yongpeng Ma, Chengjun Zhang, Qiang Gao, Jihua Wang
Rhododendron delavayi Franch. is globally famous as an ornamental plant. Its distribution in southwest China covers several different habitats and environments. However, not much research had been conducted on Rhododendron spp. at the molecular level, which hinders understanding of its evolution, speciation, and synthesis of secondary metabolites, as well as its wide adaptability to different environments. Here, we report the genome assembly and gene annotation of R. delavayi var. delavayi (the second genome sequenced in the Ericaceae), which will facilitate the study of the family...
October 1, 2017: GigaScience
Yarden Yavne, Eyal Leshem, Yael Paran, Eyal Nadir, Miriam Weinberger, Michal Stein, Neta Petersiel, Dafna Yahav, Tamar Grossman, Eli Schwartz
Background: Little is known about Plasmodium malariae, a relatively rare cause of malaria in returned travelers. Recently, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) use for malaria diagnosis has enhanced specificity of P. malariae detection. The study objective was to describe the unique aspects of P. malariae diagnosis and clinical course in travelers. Methods: Malaria is a reportable disease in Israel. All PCR-proven P. malariae monoinfections in Israeli travelers between January 2008 and January 2017 were retrieved from the Ministry of Health Reference Parasitology Laboratory...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Carlos A Santamaria, Joanna K Bluemel, Nancy Bunbury, Melinda Curran
Ligia isopods are conspicuous inhabitants of rocky intertidal habitats exhibiting several biological traits that severely limit their dispersal potential. Their presence in patchy habitats and low vagility may lead to long term isolation, allopatric isolation and possible cryptic speciation. Indeed, various species of Ligia have been suggested to represent instead cryptic species complexes. Past studies; however, have largely focused in Eastern Pacific and Atlantic species of Ligia, leaving in doubt whether cryptic diversity occurs in other highly biodiverse areas...
2017: PeerJ
Juanjuan Miao, Xiaoling Chen, Ting Xu, Daqiang Yin, Xialin Hu, G Daniel Sheng
Soil aging will influence the chemical speciation of pesticides, thus affecting the uptake route to be bioavailable to the organism. So far, studies on the possible effects of the uptake route on the distribution and elimination of pesticides in the organism that also considers effects of aging are limited. In our study, Eisenia fetida was exposed to 4.5 mg kg(-1) lindane aging for 0, 30 and 180 d, and the accumulation, distribution and elimination of lindane in the earthworms were analyzed. The results showed that the 6 h Tenax-extracted fraction exhibited a good linear correlation with the lindane accumulated in the earthworms...
September 28, 2017: Chemosphere
John P Stegemeier, Astrid Avellan, Gregory V Lowry
Ag0 and CuO engineered nanomaterials (ENMs), or their sulfidized forms are introduced into freshwater wetlands through wastewater effluent and agricultural runoff. Knowledge about the rates of transformations of these ENMs in realistic environments, and the impact of the form of the incoming ENM (i.e. sulfidized or pristine) on bioavailability and fate is limited. Here, five freshwater wetland mesocosms were exposed to 3g of total metal as CuO, CuS, Ag0 or Ag2S ENMs, or soluble CuNO3, added weekly for one month...
October 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Fengxia Li, Jürgen Schnelle-Kreis, Josef Cyrys, Erwin Karg, Jianwei Gu, Gülcin Abbaszade, Jürgen Orasche, Annette Peters, Ralf Zimmermann
To investigate the organic composition and their sources of very fine atmospheric particulate matter (PM), size-segregated PM was sampled using rotating drum impactor (RDI) in series with a sequential filter sampler in Augsburg, Germany, from April 2014 to February 2015. Organic speciation analysis and organic carbon/elemental carbon (OC/EC) analysis was performed for the smallest size fraction PM0.36 (PM<360nm). Different OC fractions were determined by thermal optical EC/OC analyzer, and OC2, OC3 and OC4 refer to OC fractions that were derived at 280, 480 and 580°C, respectively...
October 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Melina Abdou, Lionel Dutruch, Jörg Schäfer, Beñat Zaldibar, Rebeca Medrano, Urtzi Izagirre, Teba Gil-Díaz, Cécile Bossy, Charlotte Catrouillet, Ruoyu Hu, Alexandra Coynel, Antoine Lerat, Antonio Cobelo-García, Gérard Blanc, Manu Soto
Platinum Group Elements (PGEs) are extremely scarce in the Earth's Crust and of strong interest for high-end technologies due to their specific properties. They belong to the Technology Critical Elements (TCEs) for which use is forecast to increase, implying growing emissions into the environment in the following years. In particular, with the intensive use of platinum (Pt) in car catalytic converters, the anthropogenic geochemical cycle of this element has surpassed the natural cycle. Yet, environmental Pt levels are still in the sub picomolar range, making its analytical detection a challenge...
October 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Xu Zhang, Huanhuan Yang, Zhaojie Cui
The negative effects of heavy metals have aroused much attention due to their high toxicity to human beings. Migration and transformation trend of heavy metals have a close relationship with soil safety. Researching on migration and transformation of heavy metals in tailings can provide a reliable basis for pollution management and ecosystem restoration. Heavy metal speciation plays an important role in risk assessment. We chose Anshan tailings for our study, including field investigations and laboratory research...
October 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
George Sebastian, Sharath Burugina Nagaraja, Telagi Vishwanatha, Mamatha Voderhobli, Narayana Vijayalakshmi, Prahlad Kumar
AIMS: Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous in nature. The data on prevalence of NTM under the RNTCP is scarce. Many NTM species have clinical significance, and hence their identification and speciation are important. METHODS AND RESULT: It is a cross-sectional study conducted at the five RNTCP accredited culture and drug susceptibility testing (CDST) laboratory. The culture isolates from AFB positive but Immunochromatographic test negative samples were taken for identification and speciation using HPLC...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
A L Vereshchaka
The phylogenetic analysis of Sergestoidea based on 253 morphological characters and encompassing all 99 valid species confirmed all previously recognized genus-level clades. Analysis retrieved five major robust clades that correspond to families Luciferidae, Sergestidae, Acetidae fam.n., Sicyonellidae fam.n. and Petalidiumidae fam.n. Synonymy, emended diagnoses and composition of revealed family-level clades are provided. Three types of morphological characters were important in the phylogeny of the Sergestoidea: general external characters, copulatory organs, and photophores...
September 2017: Royal Society Open Science
Yuqing Sun, Cheng Lei, Eakalak Khan, Season S Chen, Daniel C W Tsang, Yong Sik Ok, Daohui Lin, Yujie Feng, Xiang-Dong Li
In this study, alginate and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-alginate entrapped nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) was tested for structural evolution, chemical transformation, and metals/metalloids removal (Cu(II), Cr(VI), Zn(II), and As(V)) after 1-2month passivation in model saline wastewaters from hydraulic fracturing. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed successful prevention of Fe(0) corrosion by polymeric entrapment. Increasing ionic strength (I) from 0 to 4.10M (deionized water to Day-90 fracturing wastewater (FWW)) with prolonged aging time induced chemical instability of alginate due to dissociation of carboxyl groups and competition for hydrogen bonding with nZVI, which caused high Na (7...
October 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Karel Janko, Jan Pačes, Hilde Wilkinson-Herbots, Rui J Costa, Jan Roslein, Pavel Drozd, Nataliia Iakovenko, Jakub Rídl, Miluše Hroudová, Jan Kočí, Radka Reifová, Věra Šlechtová, Lukáš Choleva
Although sexual reproduction is ubiquitous throughout nature, the molecular machinery behind it has been repeatedly disrupted during evolution, leading to the emergence of asexual lineages in all eukaryotic phyla. Despite intensive research, little is known about what causes the switch from sexual reproduction to asexuality. Interspecific hybridization is one of the candidate explanations but the reasons for the apparent association between hybridization and asexuality remain unclear. In this study we combined cross-breeding experiments with population genetic and phylogenomic approaches to reveal the history of speciation and asexuality evolution in European spined loaches (Cobitis)...
October 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
Irene Villalta, Fernando Amor, Juan A Galarza, Simon Dupont, Patrocinio Ortega, Abraham Hefetz, Abdallah Dahbi, Xim Cerdá, Raphaël Boulay
The creation of geographic barriers has long been suspected to contribute to the formation of new species. We investigated the phylogeography of desert ants in the western Mediterranean basin in order to elucidate their mode of diversification. These insects which have a low dispersal capacity are recently becoming important model systems in evolutionary studies. We conducted an extensive sampling of species belonging to the Cataglyphis albicans group in the Iberian Peninsula (IP) and the northern Morocco (North Africa; NA)...
October 3, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Esra Özyol, Şerife Saçmacı, Mustafa Saçmacı, Ahmet Ülgen
A new fluorimetric method with rhodamine-based fluorescent agent was developed for the rapid speciation of Cr(III)/Cr(VI) in tea, soil and water samples. The system, which utilizes a fluorescent reagent, was used for the first time after synthesis/characterization of 3',6'-bis(diethylamino)-2-{[(1E)-(2,4-dimethoxyphenyl)methylene] amino}spiro[isoindole-1,9'-xanthen]-3(2H)-one (BDAS). The reagent responds instantaneously at room temperature in a 1:1 stoichiometric manner to the amount of Cr(III). The selectivity of this system for Cr(III) over other metal ions is remarkably high, and its sensitivity is below 0...
October 2, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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