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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935211/bioinspired-special-wettability-surfaces-from-fundamental-research-to-water-harvesting-applications
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Songnan Zhang, Jianying Huang, Zhong Chen, Yuekun Lai
Nowadays, the pollution of water has become worse in many parts of the world, which causes a severe shortage of clean water and attracts widespread attention worldwide. Bioinspired from nature, i.e. spider silk, cactus, Namib desert beetle, Nepenthes alata, special wettability surfaces have attracted great interest from fundamental research to water-harvesting applications. Here, recently published literature about creatures possessing water-harvesting ability are reviewed, with a focus on the corresponding water-harvesting mechanisms of creatures in dry or arid regions, consisting of the theory of wetting and transporting...
December 9, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933761/multiphase-media-antiadhesive-coatings-hierarchical-self-assembled-porous-materials-generated-using-breath-figure-patterns
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Keyu Han, Liping Heng, Lei Jiang
The cleaning of interface pollutants typically consumes a large amount of energy. Therefore, the development of multiphase media antiadhesive materials is urgently required to meet the demand of energy savings and environmental protection. In this study, the antiadhesive properties toward several liquid droplets and bubbles in multiple media are demonstrated on a porous Fe2O3 coating, which is prepared via a facile spin-coating-assisted breath figure approach and a phase separation strategy. The prominent antiadhesive characteristic of these porous surfaces lies in their high-surface-energy hierarchical micro/nanoscale structure, which easily entraps one medium (oil or water) in the pore and repels other unmixable liquids and air bubbles...
December 9, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933497/a-review-and-investigation-of-the-effect-of-nanophotocatalytic-ozonation-process-for-phenolic-compound-removal-from-real-effluent-of-pulp-and-paper-industry
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Hamed Biglari, Mojtaba Afsharnia, Vali Alipour, Rasoul Khosravi, Kiomars Sharafi, Amir Hossein Mahvi
Phenol and its derivatives are the major environmental pollutants discharged from paper and pulp industries into water bodies. All these compounds and chlorinated phenolic compounds in particular are very toxic to fauna and flora, even at relatively low concentration. This study aimed to investigate the removal rate of phenolic compounds from the effluent of pulp and paper industries using a combination of ozonation and photocatalytic processes. Firstly, a certain volume from the effluent of paper and pulp industries containing certain phenol concentrations was obtained and fed into a prefabricated reactor at laboratory scale...
December 8, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933457/pristine-but-metal-rich-r%C3%A3-o-sucio-dirty-river-is-dominated-by-gallionella-and-other-iron-sulfur-oxidizing-microbes
#4
Alejandro Arce-Rodríguez, Fernando Puente-Sánchez, Roberto Avendaño, Eduardo Libby, Leonardo Rojas, Juan Carlos Cambronero, Dietmar H Pieper, Kenneth N Timmis, Max Chavarría
Whether the extreme conditions of acidity and heavy metal pollution of streams and rivers originating in pyritic formations are caused primarily by mining activities or by natural activities of metal-oxidizing microbes living within the geological formations is a subject of considerable controversy. Most microbiological studies of such waters have so far focused on acid mine drainage sites, which are heavily human-impacted environments, so it has been problematic to eliminate the human factor in the question of the origin of the key metal compounds...
December 8, 2016: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931395/urban-stormwater-characterization-control-and-treatment
#5
Jason R Vogel, Trisha L Moore
The following review presents a synthesis of 181 journal articles published during 2015 that represent progress toward better characterizing, controlling, and treating urban stormwater runoff. The review is structured by general topical areas related to (1) stormwater quality and quantity characterization; (2) engineered stormwater control and treatment practices, including erosion and sediment control, stormwater ponds, constructed stormwater wetlands, bioretention, permeable pavement, greenroofs, and rainwater harvesting systems; and (3) watershed-scale modeling and optimization of stormwater control and treatment practices...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931393/emerging-pollutants-part-ii-treatment
#6
Liu Bo, Zhang Shengen, Chein-Chi Chang
Emerging contaminants are considered as some substances of actual or potential threat to human health or environment, which include endocrine disruptors, pharmaceutical, personal care products, nanoparticles, antibiotic resistance genes and chemicals used in packaging products, etc. The disposal and treatment of emerging contaminants has become a key problem in the field of water pollution control. The purpose of this review is to summarize published researches on emerging pollutants treatment in 2015.
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931390/thermal-effects
#7
Ming Yan, Panyue Zhang, Guangming Zeng
This review focuses on the research literatures published in 2015 relating to topics of thermal effects in water pollution control. This review is divided into the following sections: biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal, wastewater treatment for organic conversion, industrial wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge and solid waste, sludge biochar preparation and application, pyrolysis of sewage sludge, reduction heavy metal in sewage sludge and soil, and other issues of wastewater and sludge treatment...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931389/effects-of-pollution-on-marine-organisms
#8
Alan J Mearns, Donald J Reish, Philip S Oshida, Ann Michelle Morrison, Mary Ann Rempel-Hester, Courtney Arthur, Nicolle Rutherford, Rachel Pryor
This review covers selected 2015 articles on the biological effects of pollutants and human physical disturbances on marine and estuarine plants, animals, ecosystems and habitats. The review, based largely on journal articles, covers field and laboratory measurement activities (bioaccumulation of contaminants, field assessment surveys, toxicity testing and biomarkers) as well as pollution issues of current interest including endocrine disrupters, emerging contaminants, wastewater discharges, dredging and disposal, etc...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931387/substratum-associated-microbiota
#9
Paula C Furey, Anne Deininger, Antonia Liess
This survey of literature on substratum associated microbiota from 2015 highlights research findings associated with benthic algae and bacteria from a variety of aquatic environments, but primarily freshwaters. It focuses on topics of interest to the Water Environment Federation along with those of current emerging interest such as global change, oil spills, and environmental contaminants like pharmaceutical compounds, microplastics, nanoparticles and organic pollutants. Other interesting findings briefly covered include areas of general ecology, nutrient cycling, trophic interactions, water quality, nuisance and invasive species, bioindicators, and bioremediation...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931367/wetlands-for-wastewater-treatment
#10
Yi Jiang, Edith Martinez-Guerra, Veera Gnaneswar Gude, Benjamin Magbanua, Dennis D Truax, James L Martin
An update on the current research and development of the treatment technologies, which utilize natural processes or passive components in wastewater treatment, is provided in this paper. The main focus is on wetland systems and their applications in wastewater treatment (as an advanced treatment unit or decentralized system), nutrient and pollutant removal (metals, industrial and emerging pollutants including pharmaceutical compounds). A summary of studies involving the effects of vegetation, wetland design and modeling, hybrid and innovative systems, storm water treatment and pathogen removal is also included...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931365/membrane-processes
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Marie-Laure Pellegrin, Marie S Burbano, Mary E Sadler, Jason Diamond, Simon Baker, Anthony D Greiner, Sara Arabi, Joseph Wong, Alexandra Doody, Lokesh P Padhye, Keith Sears, Peter Kistenmacher, Fraser Kent, Leila Tootchi, Jorge Aguinaldo, Sara Saddredini, Bill Schilling, Kyungnan Min, Robert McCandless, Bryce Danker, Neranga P Gamage, Sunny Wang, Peter Aerts
This review, for literature published in 2015, contains information related to membrane processes for municipal and industrial applications. This review is a subsection of the Treatment Systems section of the annual Water Environment Federation literature review and covers the following topics: pretreatment, membrane bioreactor (MBR) configuration, design, nutrient removal, operation, industrial treatment, anaerobic membrane systems, reuse, microconstituents removal, membrane technology advances, membrane fouling, and modeling...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929083/applicability-of-drinking-water-treatment-residue-for-lake-restoration-in-relation-to-metal-metalloid-risk-assessment
#12
Nannan Yuan, Changhui Wang, Yuansheng Pei, Helong Jiang
Drinking water treatment residue (DWTR), a byproduct generated during potable water production, exhibits a high potential for recycling to control eutrophication. However, this beneficial recycling is hampered by unclear metal/metalloid pollution risks related to DWTR. In this study, the pollution risks of Al, As, Ba, Be, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, and Zn due to DWTR application were first evaluated for lake water based on human health risk assessment models and comparison of regulatory standards. The risks of DWTR were also evaluated for sediments on the basis of toxicity characteristics leaching procedure and fractionation in relation to risk assessment code...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928755/mapping-the-scientific-research-on-non-point-source-pollution-a-bibliometric-analysis
#13
Beibei Yang, Kai Huang, Dezhi Sun, Yue Zhang
A bibliometric analysis was conducted to examine the progress and future research trends of non-point source (NPS) pollution during the years 1991-2015 based on the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-Expanded) of Web of Science (WoS). The publications referencing NPS pollution were analyzed including the following aspects: document type, publication language, publication output and characteristics, subject category, source journal, distribution of country and institution, author keywords, etc. The results indicate that the study of NPS pollution demonstrated a sharply increasing trend since 1991...
December 8, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928751/laboratory-assessment-of-bioleaching-of-shallow-eutrophic-sediment-by-immobilized-photosynthetic-bacteria
#14
Shiyong Sun, Shenglan Fan, Kexuan Shen, Shen Lin, Xiaoqin Nie, Mingxue Liu, Faqin Dong, Jian Li
Eutrophic sediment is a serious problem in ecosystem restoration, especially in shallow lake ecosystems. We present a novel bioleaching approach to treat shallow eutrophic sediment with the objective of preventing the release of nitrate, phosphate, and organic compounds from the sediment to the water column, using porous mineral-immobilized photosynthetic bacteria (PSB). Bioactivity of bacteria was maintained during the immobilization process. Immobilized PSB beads were directly deposited on the sediment surface...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928749/effects-of-portable-solar-water-quality-control-machines-on-aquaculture-ponds
#15
Xingguo Liu, Hao Xu, Guofeng Cheng, Chong Liu, Shijing Liu, Shimin Lu, Changfeng Tian, Rong Tang, Zhaojun Gu
The effects of a portable solar water quality control machine (PSWM) on water quality and sediment of aquaculture ponds were studied in bream aquaculture ponds in Shanghai, China. PSWM operation reduced the temperature and dissolved oxygen (DO) differences between upper and lower water levels. Concentrations of NH4(+)-N, NO2(-)-N, TN, TP, COD and TSS increased rapidly and reached maximums at 12 h. The density and biomass of phytoplankton and levels of chlorophyll a reached maximums after 40 h of PSWM operation...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923039/natural-variation-in-arabidopsis-cvi-0-accession-reveals-an-important-role-of-mpk12-in-guard-cell-co2-signaling
#16
Liina Jakobson, Lauri Vaahtera, Kadri Tõldsepp, Maris Nuhkat, Cun Wang, Yuh-Shuh Wang, Hanna Hõrak, Ervin Valk, Priit Pechter, Yana Sindarovska, Jing Tang, Chuanlei Xiao, Yang Xu, Ulvi Gerst Talas, Alfonso T García-Sosa, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Uko Maran, Maido Remm, M Rob G Roelfsema, Honghong Hu, Jaakko Kangasjärvi, Mart Loog, Julian I Schroeder, Hannes Kollist, Mikael Brosché
Plant gas exchange is regulated by guard cells that form stomatal pores. Stomatal adjustments are crucial for plant survival; they regulate uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis, loss of water, and entrance of air pollutants such as ozone. We mapped ozone hypersensitivity, more open stomata, and stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of the Arabidopsis thaliana accession Cvi-0 to a single amino acid substitution in MITOGEN-ACTIVATED PROTEIN (MAP) KINASE 12 (MPK12). In parallel, we showed that stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of a mutant cis (CO2-insensitive) were caused by a deletion of MPK12...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920387/adaptive-capabilities-and-fitness-consequences-associated-with-pollution-exposure-in-fish
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Patrick B Hamilton, Gregor Rolshausen, Tamsyn M Uren Webster, Charles R Tyler
Many fish populations are exposed to harmful levels of chemical pollution and selection pressures associated with these exposures have led to the evolution of tolerance. Our understanding of the physiological basis for these adaptations is limited, but they are likely to include processes involved with the absorption, distribution, metabolism and/or excretion of the target chemical. Other potential adaptive mechanisms include enhancements in antioxidant responses, an increased capacity for DNA and/or tissue repair and alterations to the life cycle of fish that enable earlier reproduction...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919562/impact-of-pre-equilibration-and-diffusion-limited-release-kinetics-on-effluent-concentration-in-column-leaching-tests-insights-from-numerical-simulations
#18
Michael Finkel, Peter Grathwohl
Column leaching tests have become a standard method for assessing leaching of pollutants from materials used, e.g., for road and railway constructions and in landscaping measures. Column tests showed to be practical in laboratories yielding robust and reproducible results. However, considerable uncertainty still exists related particularly to the degree of equilibration of the pore water with the solids during preparation (pre-equilibration) and percolation of the column. We analyse equilibration time scales and sensitivity of concentrations in column leachate with respect to initial conditions in a series of numerical experiments covering a broad spectrum of material and solute properties...
December 2, 2016: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919541/pesticides-drive-risk-of-micropollutants-in-wastewater-impacted-streams-during-low-flow-conditions
#19
Nicole A Munz, Francis J Burdon, Dick de Zwart, Marion Junghans, Laura Melo, Marta Reyes, Urs Schönenberger, Heinz P Singer, Barbara Spycher, Juliane Hollender, Christian Stamm
Micropollutants enter surface waters through various pathways, of which wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are a major source. The large diversity of micropollutants and their many modes of toxic action pose a challenge for assessing environmental risks. In this study, we investigated the potential impact of WWTPs on receiving ecosystems by describing concentration patterns of micropollutants, predicting acute risks for aquatic organisms and validating these results with macroinvertebrate biomonitoring data...
November 3, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918944/groundwater-nitrate-pollution-and-human-health-risk-assessment-by-using-hhra-model-in-an-agricultural-area-ne-china
#20
Yuanzheng Zhai, Xiaobing Zhao, Yanguo Teng, Xiao Li, Junjun Zhang, Jin Wu, Rui Zuo
In order to learn the pollution circumstance of groundwater nitrate detailedly in Songnen Plain of Northeast China and estimate its potential risk to human health of local residents, a total of 389 groundwater samples were collected in 2014 and studied from residential areas and public water supply wells in 11 cities and counties in southeastern of Songnen Plain. The analysis results showed that the spatial distributions of main chemical components in groundwater had great variations with statistical concentrations in the order of TDS> HCO3> Ca> NO3> Cl> Na> SO4> Mg> K> NH4> NO2...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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