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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156433/evaluating-features-of-periphytic-diatom-communities-as-biomonitoring-tools-in-fresh-brackish-and-marine-waters
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Lalit K Pandey, Yogesh Chandra Sharma, Jihae Park, Soyeon Choi, Hojun Lee, Jie Lyu, Taejun Han
The aims of this study were to assess the biodiversity of periphytic diatom assemblages in fresh, brackish and marine waterbodies of Korea, and to assess the effect of environmental and anthropogenic factors on parameters such as the quantity and biovolume of lipid bodies and deformations of diatoms as early warning measures of anthropogenic impact. Diatom samples were collected from 31 sites (14 freshwater, 10 brackish and 7 marine), which included less impacted (upstream) and impacted (downstream) sites in each water type...
November 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156394/assessment-of-sampling-strategies-for-estimation-of-site-mean-concentrations-of-stormwater-pollutants
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David T McCarthy, Kefeng Zhang, Camilla Westerlund, Maria Viklander, Jean-Luc Bertrand-Krajewski, Tim D Fletcher, Ana Deletic
The estimation of stormwater pollutant concentrations is a primary requirement of integrated urban water management. In order to determine effective sampling strategies for estimating pollutant concentrations, data from extensive field measurements at seven different catchments was used. At all sites, 1-min resolution continuous flow measurements, as well as flow-weighted samples, were taken and analysed for total suspend solids (TSS), total nitrogen (TN) and Escherichia coli (E. coli). For each of these parameters, the data was used to calculate the Event Mean Concentrations (EMCs) for each event...
October 23, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156331/may-humic-acids-or-mineral-fertilisation-mitigate-arsenic-mobility-and-availability-to-carrot-plants-daucus-carota-l-in-a-volcanic-soil-polluted-by-as-from-irrigation-water
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Antonio G Caporale, Paola Adamo, Shah M G G Azam, Maria A Rao, Massimo Pigna
Carrot (Daucus carota L.) is a widely consumed root vegetable, whose growth and safety might be threatened by growing-medium arsenic (As) contamination. By this work, we evaluated the effects of humic acids from Leonardite and NPK mineral fertilisation on As mobility and availability to carrot plants grown for 60 days in a volcanic soil irrigated with As-contaminated water - representing the most common scenario occurring in As-affected Italian areas. As expected, the irrigation with As-contaminated water caused a serious toxic effect on plant growth and photosynthetic rate; the highest rate of As also inhibited soil enzymatic activity...
November 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156311/impacts-from-urban-water-systems-on-receiving-waters-how-to-account-for-severe-wet-weather-events-in-lca
#4
Eva Risch, Johnny Gasperi, Marie-Christine Gromaire, Ghassan Chebbo, Sam Azimi, Vincent Rocher, Philippe Roux, Ralph K Rosenbaum, Carole Sinfort
Sewage systems are a vital part of the urban infrastructure in most cities. They provide drainage, which protects public health, prevents the flooding of property and protects the water environment around urban areas. On some occasions sewers will overflow into the water environment during heavy rain potentially causing unacceptable impacts from releases of untreated sewage into the environment. In typical Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies of urban wastewater systems (UWS), average dry-weather conditions are modelled while wet-weather flows from UWS, presenting a high temporal variability, are not currently accounted for...
October 23, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156304/water-management-regimes-alter-pb-uptake-and-translocation-in-fragrant-rice
#5
Umair Ashraf, Saddam Hussain, Nadeem Akbar, Shakeel Ahmad Anjum, Waseem Hassan, Xiangru Tang
Rice cultivation in lead (Pb) polluted soils often leads to high Pb contents in rice grains. The present study investigated the dynamics of Pb uptake under different water regimes in two fragrant rice cultivars i.e., Guixiangzhan and Nongxiang-18. Results revealed that water dynamics regulated the antioxidant activities in both rice cultivars under Pb toxicity. Compared to continuous ponding (CP), taken as control, alternate wetting and drying (AWD) reduced the Pb contents in roots, stems, leaves, and grains up to 17%, 41%, 22%, and 52% in Guixiangzhan and 23%, 19%, 17%, and 37% in Nongxiang-18, respectively...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156303/assessment-of-nickel-bioavailability-through-chemical-extractants-and-red-clover-trifolium-pratense-l-in-an-amended-soil-related-changes-in-various-parameters-of-red-clover
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Ali Khan Shahbaz, Muhammad Iqbal, Abdul Jabbar, Sabir Hussain, Muhammad Ibrahim
Application of immobilizing agents may efficiently reduce the bioavailability of nickel (Ni) in the soil. Here we report the effect of biochar (BC), gravel sludge (GS) and zeolite (ZE) as a sole treatment and their combinations on the bioavailability of Ni after their application into a Ni-polluted soil. The bioavailability of Ni after the application of immobilizing agents was assessed through an indicator plant (red clover) and chemical indicators of bioavailability like soil water extract (SWE), DTPA and Ca(NO3)2 extracts...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156266/seabirds-as-regional-biomonitors-of-legacy-toxicants-on-an-urbanized-coastline
#7
Corey A Clatterbuck, Rebecca L Lewison, Nathan G Dodder, Catherine Zeeman, Kenneth Schiff
Seabirds are often cited as sentinels of the marine environment, but are rarely used in traditional ocean and coastal contaminant monitoring. Four classes of persistent organic pollutants (POPs, n=68) and three trace elements (mercury, selenium, and arsenic) were measured in the eggs of California least terns (Sterna antillarum browni), caspian terns (Hydroprogne caspia), double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), and western gulls (Larus occidentalis) that nest in the Southern California Bight. Building on a periodic five year regional monitoring program, we measured contaminant exposure and assessed the utility of seabirds as regional contaminant biomonitors...
November 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154531/study-of-graphene-oxide-structural-features-for-catalytic-antibacterial-gas-sensing-and-metals-decontamination-environmental-applications
#8
Shamaila Sajjad, Sajjad Ahmed Khan Leghari, Anum Iqbal
This study represents a comprehensive review about the structural features of graphene oxide (GO) and its significance in environmental applications. Two Dimensional (2D) GO is tremendously focused in advanced carbon based nanomaterial for environmental applications due to its tunable physicochemical characteristics. Herein, we report foundational structural models of GO and explore the chemical bonding of oxygen moieties with graphite basal plane using various characterization tools. Moreover, the impact of these oxygen moieties and morphology of GO for the environmental applications such as removal of metal ions, catalytic, antibacterial and gas sensing abilities has here been critically reviewed for the first time...
November 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154152/a-mathematical-model-to-plan-for-long-term-effects-of-water-conservation-choices-on-dry-weather-wastewater-flows-and-concentrations
#9
Lauren M Cook, Constantine Samaras, Jeanne M VanBriesen
In many cities, sewer systems are experiencing conditions that are significantly different from those for which they were designed. Factors such as water conservation efforts, changes in population, and efforts to reduce infiltration are altering the quantity and quality of sewage. These changes may affect the ability of sewers to maintain self-cleansing velocities, which are crucial to avoiding solids settling and corrosion issues. Further, such changes may alter the timeline for expected wastewater plant expansion...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154139/perfluorinated-compounds-in-surface-waters-of-shanghai-china-source-analysis-and-risk-assessment
#10
Rui Sun, Minghong Wu, Liang Tang, Jiajun Li, Zhaoqiu Qian, Tao Han, Gang Xu
17 perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) were systematically investigated in the surface water from principal watersheds of Shanghai, China. 10 PFCs were above the detection limit (0.08-0.28ng/L) in 39 surface water samples. The perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorobutanesulfonate (PFBS) were the two dominant compounds with a median concentration 50.67ng/L and 29.84ng/L, respectively. Concentrations of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) were generally less than PFBS, which might result from the global phase-out of PFOS production and the use of PFBS as a substitute for PFOS-based products...
November 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154115/ecological-risk-assessment-of-microcystin-lr-in-the-upstream-section-of-the-haihe-river-based-on-a-species-sensitivity-distribution-model
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Zhiguang Niu, Lei Du, Jiafu Li, Ying Zhang, Zhiwei Lv
The eutrophication of surface water has been the main problem of water quality management in recent decades, and the ecological risk of microcystin-LR (MC-LR), which is the by-product of eutrophication, has drawn more attention worldwide. The aims of our study were to determine the predicted no effect concentration (PNEC) of MC-LR and to assess the ecological risk of MC-LR in the upstream section of the Haihe River. HC5 (hazardous concentration for 5% of biological species) and PNEC were obtained from a species sensitivity distribution (SSD) model, which was constructed with the acute toxicity data of MC-LR on aquatic organisms...
November 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154006/hydrodynamic-modelling-of-the-influence-of-stormwater-and-combined-sewer-overflows-on-receiving-water-quality-benzo-a-pyrene-and-copper-risks-to-recreational-water
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Karin Björklund, Mia Bondelind, Anna Karlsson, Dick Karlsson, Ekaterina Sokolova
The risk from chemical substances in surface waters is often increased during wet weather, due to surface runoff, combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and erosion of contaminated land. There are strong incentives to improve the quality of surface waters affected by human activities, not only from ecotoxicity and ecosystem health perspectives, but also for drinking water and recreational purposes. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of urban stormwater discharges and CSOs on receiving water in the context of chemical health risks and recreational water quality...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153971/new-insights-into-bisphenols-removal-by-nitrogen-rich-nanocarbons-synergistic-effect-between-adsorption-and-oxidative-degradation
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Peiyuan Xiao, Pei Wang, Huimin Li, Qiuyun Li, Yanpeng Shi, Xi-Lin Wu, Hongjun Lin, Jianrong Chen, Xiangke Wang
In this work, nitrogen-rich graphene-like carbon sheets (N-GLCS) with high specific surface area (488.4m(2)/g), narrow pore distribution and high N-doping (18.4 at%) were prepared and applied as both adsorbent and catalyst for the removal of bisphenols. Adsorption experiments demonstrated the high adsorption capacities of the N-GLCS toward bisphenol F (BPF) (222.9mg/g), bisphenol A (BPA) (317.8mg/g), and bisphenol C (BPC) (540.4mg/g). Results showed that about 98.6% of BPA (70mg/L) was removed at pH 7.0 within 80min after the adsorption-catalytic degradation process...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153905/combustion-characteristics-of-biodried-sewage-sludge
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Zongdi Hao, Benqin Yang, Deokjin Jahng
In this study, effects of biodrying on the characteristics of sewage sludge and the subsequent combustion behavior were investigated. 7-Day of biodrying removed 49.78% of water and 23.17% of VS initially contained in the sewage sludge and increased lower heating value (LHV) by 37.87%. Meanwhile, mass contents of C and N decreased from 36.25% and 6.12% to 32.06% and 4.82%, respectively. Surface of the biodried sewage sludge (BDSS) appeared granulated and multi-porous, which was thought to facilitate air transfer during combustion...
November 15, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153291/structural-perturbation-by-arsenic-triggers-the-aggregation-of-hen-egg-white-lysozyme-by-promoting-oligomers-formation
#15
Neelakant Varma, Inderbhan Singh, Mohinder Singh Dahiya, Vijay Kumar Ravi, Satish Kumar
Arsenic trioxide is one of the most common metallic pollutants entering the food chain both by human activities and nature. Its entry inside the living organism through food, air and water results into the accumulation of heavy metal in several tissues which manifest several metabolic or hormonal disorders. Till now the effect of arsenic trioxide on protein misfolding and aggregation culminating into several neurodegenerative disorders is poorly understood. In the present study, we reveal the aggregation process of Hen Egg White Lysozyme (HEWL) in presence of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) at physiological conditions...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153257/pseudomonas-silesiensis-sp-nov-strain-a3-t-isolated-from-a-biological-pesticide-sewage-treatment-plant-and-analysis-of-the-complete-genome-sequence
#16
Michał A Kaminski, Ewa M Furmanczyk, Adam Sobczak, Andrzej Dziembowski, Leszek Lipinski
Microorganisms classified in to the Pseudomonas genus are a ubiquitous bacteria inhabiting variety of environmental niches and have been isolated from soil, sediment, water and different parts of higher organisms (plants and animals). Members of this genus are known for their metabolic versatility and are able to utilize different chemical compounds as a source of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus, which makes them an interesting microorganism for bioremediation or bio-transformation. Moreover, Pseudomonas sp...
November 3, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152983/copper-catalyzed-enantioselective-henry-reaction-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-unsaturated-%C3%AE-ketoesters-with-nitromethane-in-water
#17
Yanan Li, Yekai Huang, Yang Gui, Jianan Sun, Jindong Li, Zhenggen Zha, Zhiyong Wang
A highly enantioselective Henry reaction of β,γ-unsaturated α-ketoesters with nitromethane in water by virtue of chiral copper complexes has been developed. A series of unsaturated β-nitro-α-hydroxy esters bearing tetrasubstituted carbon stereocenters were obtained exclusively with high yields and excellent enantioselectivities. This method could avoid tedious anaerobic anhydrous manipulation and reduce the environmental pollution caused by organic solvents.
November 20, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151185/mercury-in-organs-of-pacific-walruses-odobenus-rosmarus-divergens-from-the-bering-sea
#18
Alexey M Trukhin, Mikhail V Simokon
The Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) is still used as an important source of protein-rich food by indigenous peoples of Chukotka, Alaska, and other Arctic regions. Total mercury (THg) concentration was measured in eight internal organs of walruses. Samples were taken from 22 individuals (11 males and 11 females). Age of the animals ranged from 1 to 30 years. All the walruses were harvested by local hunters from the coastal waters off the Chukchi Peninsula (Russia) during the autumn of 2011. Total mercury concentration in the samples was determined by atomic absorption method...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150771/occurrence-and-partition-of-perfluorinated-compounds-pfcs-in-water-and-sediment-from-the-songhua-river-china
#19
Weihua Dong, Baolin Liu, Yang Song, Hong Zhang, Juying Li, Xiaoyu Cui
This study provided the first evidence that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) were widely detected in the Songhua River, China. Seventeen surface water and sediment samples were collected and analyzed for the determination of 14 PFCs. The total concentrations of PFCs (Σ PFCs) ranged from 0.143 to 1.41 ng L(-1) in water samples. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was detected with the highest detection frequency (%) ranging from below LOQ to 0.678 ng L(-1). Σ PFCs were relatively low in sediments, and only four individual homologues were detected...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150676/severe-pollution-in-china-amplified-by-atmospheric-moisture
#20
Xuexi Tie, Ru-Jin Huang, Junji Cao, Qiang Zhang, Yafang Cheng, Hang Su, Di Chang, Ulrich Pöschl, Thorsten Hoffmann, Uli Dusek, Guohui Li, Douglas R Worsnop, Colin D O'Dowd
In recent years, severe haze events often occurred in China, causing serious environmental problems. The mechanisms responsible for the haze formation, however, are still not well understood, hindering the forecast and mitigation of haze pollution. Our study of the 2012-13 winter haze events in Beijing shows that atmospheric water vapour plays a critical role in enhancing the heavy haze events. Under weak solar radiation and stagnant moist meteorological conditions in winter, air pollutants and water vapour accumulate in a shallow planetary boundary layer (PBL)...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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