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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743045/wind-friction-parametrisation-used-in-emission-models-for-wastewater-treatment-plants-a-critical-review
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Ademir A Prata, Jane M Santos, Victoria Timchenko, Neyval C Reis, Richard M Stuetz
Emission models are widely applied tools for estimating atmospheric emissions from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). The friction velocity u∗ is a key variable for the modelling of emissions from passive liquid surfaces in WWTPs. This work evaluated different parametrisations of u∗ for passive liquid surfaces at the scale of WWTP units, which present relatively small fetches, based on available wind friction and wave data measured at wind-wave tanks (fetches spanning from approximately 3 to 100 m, and wind speeds from 2 to 17 m s(-1))...
July 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742370/a-community-grows-around-the-geysering-world-of-enceladus
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Carolyn C Porco
The discovery by NASA's Cassini mission at Saturn in 2005 of a large plume of material erupting from the south polar terrain of Enceladus, sourced within a subsurface ocean of salty liquid water laced with organic compounds, has brought together scientists from a diverse range of disciplines over the last decade to evaluate this small moon's potential for extraterrestrial life. The collection of papers published today in Astrobiology, as the mission draws to a close, is the outcome of our most recent meeting at UC Berkeley in June 2016...
July 25, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742073/biological-nitrogen-fixation-in-the-oxygen-minimum-region-of-the-eastern-tropical-north-pacific-ocean
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Amal Jayakumar, Bonnie X Chang, Brittany Widner, Peter Bernhardt, Margaret R Mulholland, Bess B Ward
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) was investigated above and within the oxygen-depleted waters of the oxygen-minimum zone of the Eastern Tropical North Pacific Ocean. BNF rates were estimated using an isotope tracer method that overcame the uncertainty of the conventional bubble method by directly measuring the tracer enrichment during the incubations. Highest rates of BNF (~4 nM day(-1)) occurred in coastal surface waters and lowest detectable rates (~0.2 nM day(-1)) were found in the anoxic region of offshore stations...
July 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741083/construction-of-bioengineered-yeast-platform-for-direct-bioethanol-production-from-alginate-and-mannitol
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Toshiyuki Takagi, Yusuke Sasaki, Keisuke Motone, Toshiyuki Shibata, Reiji Tanaka, Hideo Miyake, Tetsushi Mori, Kouichi Kuroda, Mitsuyoshi Ueda
Brown macroalgae are a sustainable and promising source for bioethanol production because they are abundant in ocean ecosystems and contain negligible quantities of lignin. Brown macroalgae contain cellulose, hemicellulose, mannitol, laminarin, and alginate as major carbohydrates. Among these carbohydrates, brown macroalgae are characterized by high levels of alginate and mannitol. The direct bioconversion of alginate and mannitol into ethanol requires extensive bioengineering of assimilation processes in the standard industrial microbe Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
July 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739105/mountains-to-the-sea-river-study-of-plastic-and-non-plastic-microfiber-pollution-in-the-northeast-usa
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Rachael Z Miller, Andrew J R Watts, Brooke O Winslow, Tamara S Galloway, Abigail P W Barrows
Aquatic environments are sinks for anthropogenic contamination, whether chemical or solid pollutants. Microfibers shed from clothing and other textiles contribute to this problem. These can be plastic or non-plastic origin. Our aim was to investigate the presence and distribution of both types of anthropogenic microfibers along the length of the Hudson River, USA. Surface grab samples were collected and filtered through a 0.45μm filter paper. Abundance of fibers was determined after subtraction of potential contamination...
July 21, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738838/improved-detection-of-genus-specific-alphavirus-using-a-generic-taqman%C3%A2-assay
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Claude Giry, Bénédicte Roquebert, Ghislaine Li-Pat-Yuen, Philippe Gasque, Marie-Christine Jaffar-Bandjee
BACKGROUND: Alphaviruses are arthropod borne RNA viruses of medical importance. Geographical expansion of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus in the past decades has been associated with major Alphavirus-associated outbreaks. Climate changes and intensification of air travels have favored vector expansion and virus dissemination in new territories leading to virus emergence not only in tropical areas but also in temperate regions. The detection of emergence is based upon surveillance networks with epidemiological and laboratory investigation...
July 24, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738555/assessment-of-mercury-speciation-in-feathers-using-species-specific-isotope-dilution-analysis
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Marina Renedo, Paco Bustamante, Emmanuel Tessier, Zoyne Pedrero, Yves Cherel, David Amouroux
Seabirds are considered as effective sentinels of environmental marine contamination and their feathers are extensively used as non-lethal samples for contaminant biomonitoring. This tissue represents the main route for mercury (Hg) elimination in seabirds and contains predominantly methylmercury (MeHg). In this work, we developed a robust analytical technique for precise and accurate simultaneous quantification of MeHg, inorganic Hg (iHg) and consequently total Hg (THg), in feathers by gas-chromatography (GC)-ICPMS analyses using species-specific isotope dilution technique...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738506/taxonomy-or-trait-based-ecological-assessment-for-tropical-rivers-case-study-on-benthic-diatoms-in-mayotte-island-france-indian-ocean
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Kálmán Tapolczai, Agnès Bouchez, Csilla Stenger-Kovács, Judit Padisák, Frédéric Rimet
Diatom-based ecological quality assessment methods have been implemented and used regularly in the Water Framework Directive. These indices use the species' abundance profiles along a specific environmental gradient, which they aim to assess. However, this approach has several problematic issues including the unstable and fast-changing diatom taxonomy. The use of traits can be a solution if their responses to the environmental pressure are well-defined. Here, we developed taxonomy-based and trait-based diatom assemblage indices to assess the ecological status of riverine sites on a tropical island...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738200/global-distribution-of-dissolved-organic-matter-along-the-aquatic-continuum-across-rivers-lakes-and-oceans
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Philippe Massicotte, Eero Asmala, Colin Stedmon, Stiig Markager
Based on an extensive literature survey containing more than 12,000 paired measurements of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations and absorption of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) distributed over four continents and seven oceans, we described the global distribution and transformation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) along the aquatic continuum across rivers and lakes to oceans. A strong log-linear relationship (R(2)=0.92) between DOC concentration and CDOM absorption at 350nm was observed at a global scale, but was found to be ecosystem-dependent at local and regional scales...
July 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737699/efficient-retrieval-of-massive-ocean-remote-sensing-images-via-a-cloud-based-mean-shift-algorithm
#10
Mengzhao Yang, Wei Song, Haibin Mei
The rapid development of remote sensing (RS) technology has resulted in the proliferation of high-resolution images. There are challenges involved in not only storing large volumes of RS images but also in rapidly retrieving the images for ocean disaster analysis such as for storm surges and typhoon warnings. In this paper, we present an efficient retrieval of massive ocean RS images via a Cloud-based mean-shift algorithm. Distributed construction method via the pyramid model is proposed based on the maximum hierarchical layer algorithm and used to realize efficient storage structure of RS images on the Cloud platform...
July 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737378/quantitative-mid-infrared-cavity-ringdown-detection-of-methyl-iodide-for-monitoring-applications
#11
Ibrahim Sadiek, Qiang Shi, Douglas Wallace, Gernot Friedrichs
Methyl iodide is a toxic halocarbon with diverse industrial and agricultural applications and is an important ocean-derived trace gas that contributes to the iodine burden of the atmosphere. Quantitative analysis of CH3I is mostly based on gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry or electron capture detection (GC-MS/ECD) as yet, which often limits the ability to conduct in situ high-frequency monitoring studies. This work presents an alternative detection scheme based on mid-infrared continuous wave cavity ringdown spectroscopy (mid-IR cw-CRDS)...
July 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736477/long-term-exposure-to-elevated-carbon-dioxide-does-not-alter-activity-levels-of-a-coral-reef-fish-in-response-to-predator-chemical-cues
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Josefin Sundin, Mirjam Amcoff, Fernando Mateos-González, Graham D Raby, Fredrik Jutfelt, Timothy D Clark
ABSTRACT: Levels of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) projected to occur in the world's oceans in the near future have been reported to increase swimming activity and impair predator recognition in coral reef fishes. These behavioral alterations would be expected to have dramatic effects on survival and community dynamics in marine ecosystems in the future. To investigate the universality and replicability of these observations, we used juvenile spiny chromis damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus) to examine the effects of long-term CO2 exposure on routine activity and the behavioral response to the chemical cues of a predator (Cephalopholis urodeta)...
2017: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735089/biodeterioration-of-marble-in-an-underwater-environment
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Beatriz Cámara, Mónica Álvarez de Buergo, Manuel Bethencourt, Tomás Fernández-Montblanc, Mauro F La Russa, Michela Ricca, Rafael Fort
This study examines the deterioration of geomaterials used throughout history that today may be found lying on the ocean floor. Submerged archaeological sites including cargoes from shipwrecks or ancient city ruins have been a topic of interest from a perspective of in situ musealization, as a way of making underwater cultural heritage accessible to the public. In an experimental study conducted at an underwater archaeological site in the Bay of Cádiz (SW Spain), we subjected two types of marble (Carrara and Macael) to three conditions to which submerged archaeological objects are often exposed: full exposure to the water column, natural processes of burial and unearthing, or permanent burial...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734261/abundant-plankton-sized-microplastic-particles-in-shelf-waters-of-the-northern-gulf-of-mexico
#14
Rosana Di Mauro, Matthew J Kupchik, Mark C Benfield
Accumulation of marine debris is a global problem that affects the oceans on multiple scales. The majority of floating marine debris is composed of microplastics: plastic particles up to 5 mm in diameter. With similar sizes and appearances to natural food items, these small fragments pose potential risks to many marine organisms including zooplankton and zooplanktivores. Semi-enclosed seas are reported to have high concentrations of microplastics, however, the distribution and concentration of microplastics in one such system, the Gulf of Mexico, remains unknown...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734075/high-occurrence-of-jellyfish-predation-by-black-browed-and-campbell-albatross-identified-by-dna-metabarcoding
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Julie C McInnes, Rachael Alderman, Mary-Anne Lea, Ben Raymond, Bruce E Deagle, Richard A Phillips, Andrew Stanworth, David R Thompson, Paulo Catry, Henri Weimerskirch, Cristián G Suazo, Michaël Gras, Simon N Jarman
Gelatinous zooplankton are a large component of the animal biomass in all marine environments, but are considered to be uncommon in the diet of most marine top predators. However, the diets of key predator groups like seabirds have conventionally been assessed from stomach content analyses, which cannot detect most gelatinous prey. As marine top predators are used to identify changes in the overall species composition of marine ecosystems, such biases in dietary assessment may impact our detection of important ecosystem regime shifts...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733041/ocean-acidification-narrows-the-acute-thermal-and-salinity-tolerance-of-the-sydney-rock-oyster-saccostrea-glomerata
#16
Laura M Parker, Elliot Scanes, Wayne A O'Connor, Ross A Coleman, Maria Byrne, Hans-O Pörtner, Pauline M Ross
Coastal and estuarine environments are characterised by acute changes in temperature and salinity. Organisms living within these environments are adapted to withstand such changes, yet near-future ocean acidification (OA) may challenge their physiological capacity to respond. We tested the impact of CO2-induced OA on the acute thermal and salinity tolerance, energy metabolism and acid-base regulation capacity of the oyster Saccostrea glomerata. Adult S. glomerata were acclimated to three CO2 levels (ambient 380μatm, moderate 856μatm, high 1500μatm) for 5weeks (24°C, salinity 34...
July 18, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731569/diversity-in-thermal-affinity-among-key-piscivores-buffers-impacts-of-ocean-warming-on-predator-prey-interactions
#17
Rebecca L Selden, Ryan D Batt, Vincent S Saba, Malin L Pinsky
Asymmetries in responses to climate change have the potential to alter important predator-prey interactions, in part by altering the location and size of spatial refugia for prey. We evaluated the effect of ocean warming on interactions between four important piscivores and four of their prey in the U.S. Northeast Shelf by examining species overlap under historical conditions (1968-2014) and with a doubling in CO2 . Because both predator and prey shift their distributions in response to changing ocean conditions, the net impact of warming or cooling on predator-prey interactions was not determined a priori from the range extent of either predator or prey alone...
July 21, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731474/bacterial-transcriptome-remodeling-during-sequential-co-culture-with-a-marine-dinoflagellate-and-diatom
#18
Marine Landa, Andrew S Burns, Selena J Roth, Mary Ann Moran
In their role as primary producers, marine phytoplankton modulate heterotrophic bacterial activities through differences in the types and amounts of organic matter they release. This study investigates the transcriptional response of bacterium Ruegeria pomeroyi, a member of the Roseobacter clade known to affiliate with diverse phytoplankton groups in the ocean, during a shift in phytoplankton taxonomy. The bacterium was initially introduced into a culture of the dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense, and then experienced a change in phytoplankton community composition as the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana gradually outcompeted the dinoflagellate...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731295/biogeochemistry-of-lead-its-release-to-the-environment-and-chemical-speciation
#19
Jay T Cullen, Jason McAlister
Lead (Pb) is a metal that is not essential for life processes and proves acutely toxic to most organisms. Compared to other metals Pb is rather immobile in the environment but still its biogeochemical cycling is greatly perturbed by human activities. In this review we present a summary of information describing the physical and chemical properties of Pb, its distribution in crustal materials, and the processes, both natural and anthropogenic, that contribute to the metal's mobilization in the biosphere. The relatively high volatility of Pb metal, low melting point, its large ionic radius, and its chemical speciation in aquatic systems contributes to its redistribution by anthropogenic and natural processes...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730149/review-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-the-indian-ocean-commission-a-human-and-animal-health-issue
#20
REVIEW
Noellie Gay, Olivier Belmonte, Jean-Marc Collard, Mohamed Halifa, Mohammad Iqbal Issack, Saindou Mindjae, Philippe Palmyre, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, Harena Rasamoelina, Loïc Flachet, Laurent Filleul, Eric Cardinale
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to human, animal health, and environment worldwide. For human, transmission occurred through a variety of routes both in health-care settings and community. In animals, AMR was reported in livestock, pets, and wildlife; transmission of AMR can be zoonotic with the probably most important route being foodborne transmission. The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), composed of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (France), and Seychelles recognized the surveillance of AMR in both animal and human as a main public health priority for the region...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
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