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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793204/influence-of-isolated-bacterial-strains-on-the-in-situ-biodegradation-of-endosulfan-and-the-reduction-of-endosulfan-contaminated-soil-toxicity
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Lingfen Kong, Yu Zhang, Lusheng Zhu, Jinhua Wang, Jun Wang, Zhongkun Du, Cheng Zhang
The recently discovered endosulfan-degrading bacterial strains Pusillimonas sp. JW2 and Bordetella petrii NS were isolated from endosulfan-polluted water and soil environments. The optimal conditions for the growth and biodegradation activity of the strains JW2 and NS were studied in detail. In addition, the ability of the strains JW2 and NS to biodegrade endosulfan in soils during in situ bioremediation experiments was investigated. At a concentration of 2 mg of endosulfan per kilogram of soil, both JW2 and NS had positive effects on the degradation of endosulfan; JW2 degraded 100% and 91...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793064/industrial-waste-as-a-source-of-surface-and-groundwater-pollution-for-more-than-half-a-century-in-a-sector-of-the-r%C3%A3-o-de-la-plata-coastal-plain-argentina
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Lucía Santucci, Eleonora Carol, Carolina Tanjal
Environmental liabilities have become one of the most important problems of the last years, especially those of contaminated sites located in urban areas which have been abandoned by pollution intensive industries. Such sites may contain hazardous materials that pose risks to human health and the environment. Industrial waste from the ancient sulfuric acid industry is scattered in a local area at the petrochemical pole in a sector of the Río de la Plata coastal plain. The aim of this work is to define the geochemical processes that determine the alteration of waste in the old sulfuric acid industry (OSAI) area and to study the migration of soluble pollutants to groundwater...
May 14, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792423/trace-organic-pollutant-removal-by-vuv-uv-chlorine-process-feasibility-investigation-for-drinking-water-treatment-on-a-mini-fluidic-vuv-uv-photoreaction-system-and-a-pilot-photoreactor
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Mengkai Li, Mengyu Hao, Laxiang Yang, Hong Yao, James R Bolton, Ernest R Blatchley, Zhimin Qiang
The vacuum-ultraviolet/ultraviolet/chlorine (VUV/UV/chlorine) process, with a VUV/UV mercury lamp used as the light source, was found to be a highly efficient advanced oxidation process (AOP) in a previous study. Hence, its application feasibility for trace organic pollutant removal from drinking water becomes attractive. In this work, a bench-scale mini-fluidic VUV/UV photoreaction system was used to determine the degradation kinetics of sulfamethazine (SMN), a model sulfonamide antibiotic frequently detected with trace levels in aquatic environments...
May 24, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791885/multi-barrier-approach-for-removing-organic-micropollutants-using-mobile-water-treatment-systems
#4
Youngbeom Yu, Yang Hun Choi, Jaewon Choi, Soohoon Choi, Sung Kyu Maeng
The diversity of organic micropollutants (OMPs) in aquatic environments has been increasing rapidly during the last decade. Therefore, it is important to monitor and attenuate emerging contaminants before they can negatively affect the aquatic environment. However, due to the diversity and complexity of OMPs, there are limitations to using a single method for treating a combination of these pollutants. To address this issue, a mobile water treatment system (MWTS) equipped with different treatment units was designed to remove OMPs under field conditions...
May 20, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790534/evidence-for-the-natural-origins-of-anomalously-high-chromium-levels-in-soils-of-the-cecina-valley-italy
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Eliana Tassi, Martina Grifoni, Fabrizio Bardelli, Giuliana Aquilanti, Sonia La Felice, Antonella Iadecola, Pierfranco Lattanzi, Gianniantonio Petruzzelli
The problem of high levels of chromium is one of the most important issues in soils of the Mediterranean area, in particular those deriving from ophiolitic parent materials. Very often the chromium concentration is greater than the threshold values of legislation on soil pollution and the knowledge of the origin of contamination (natural or anthropogenic) is important to formulate risk characterization. This study evaluated the soils from three coastal areas of the Cecina Valley (Tuscany, Italy) to understand the origin of chromium in the soils, where high levels of hexavalent chromium were found in well and spring waters of the areas...
May 23, 2018: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790014/biochemical-profile-of-non-enzymatic-stress-markers-in-the-plant-species-urginea-maritima-in-a-mediterranean-natural-reserve-exposed-to-oxidative-stress
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Yara Khairallah, Tarek Houri, Bilal Osta, Dany Romanos, Georges Haddad
Protected areas decrease degrading natural ecosystems due to pollution such as air pollution. In 1981, the inhabitants founded Bentael natural reserve in Byblos, Lebanon, to secure their region against urbanization projects, like the recently constructed road that threatens the biodiversity of the reserve. This study was conducted to determine the oxidative stress resulting from this pollution and that menaces 360 floral species among them a rare species "Urginea maritima." In this research, the biomonitoring approach was experienced to assess the oxidative stress...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789462/identifying-the-driving-factors-of-water-quality-in-a-sub-watershed-of-the-republican-river-basin-kansas-usa
#7
Morgen W V Burke, Mojtaba Shahabi, Yeqian Xu, Haochi Zheng, Xiaodong Zhang, Jeffrey VanLooy
Studies have shown that the agricultural expansion and land use changes in the Midwest of the U.S. are major drivers for increased nonpoint source pollution throughout the regional river systems. In this study, we empirically examined the relationship of planted area and production of three dominant crops with nitrate flux in the Republican River, Kansas, a sub-watershed of Mississippi River Basin. Our results show that land use in the region could not explain the observed changes in nitrate flux in the river...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787977/pollution-level-and-reusability-of-the-waste-soil-generated-from-demolition-of-a-rural-railway
#8
Il Han, Gui Nam Wee, Jee Hyun No, Tae Kwon Lee
Railways are typically considered polluted from years of train operation. However, the pollution level of railway in a rural area, which is less exposed to hazardous material from trains and freights, is rarely assessed. This study evaluated common railway pollutants such as heavy metals, total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their chemical properties in the waste soil generated from the renovation of an old railway in rural area of Wonju, South Korea. Furthermore, lab-scale cultivation tests of peas (Pisum sativum) were performed to assess reusability of the waste soil as a soil amendment...
May 19, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787946/environmentally-durable-superhydrophobic-surfaces-with-robust-photocatalytic-self-cleaning-and-self-healing-properties-prepared-via-versatile-film-deposition-methods
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Zhiwei Huang, Robert S Gurney, Tao Wang, Dan Liu
Superhydrophobic (SH) surfaces with self-cleaning photocatalytic properties have become an important research focus in recent years. In this work, we fabricated multifunctional and environmentally durable SH surfaces via a facile one-step reaction of octadecyl isocyanate (ODI) with TiO2 particles. The resulting films possess SH properties, facilitated by a combination of hydrophobic long alkyl chains and the hierarchical crystalline structure. Films can be prepared via spray or blade coating on a variety of hard and soft substrates, and function well when exposed to either air or oil...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787905/heavy-metal-pollution-caused-by-small-scale-metal-ore-mining-activities-a-case-study-from-a-polymetallic-mine-in-south-china
#10
Zehang Sun, Xiande Xie, Ping Wang, Yuanan Hu, Hefa Cheng
Although metal ore mining activities are well known as an important source of heavy metals, soil pollution caused by small-scale mining activities has long been overlooked. This study investigated the pollution of surface soils in an area surrounding a recently abandoned small-scale polymetallic mining district in Guangdong province of south China. A total of 13 tailing samples, 145 surface soil samples, and 29 water samples were collected, and the concentrations of major heavy metals, including Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, Pb, and Se, were determined...
May 19, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786863/acute-ammonia-toxicity-to-the-larvae-glochidia-of-the-tropical-australian-freshwater-mussel-velesunio-spp-using-a-modified-toxicity-test-protocol
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Linda S Kleinhenz, Melanie A Trenfield, Thomas J Mooney, Christopher L Humphrey, Rick A van Dam, Dayanthi Nugegoda, Andrew J Harford
Ammonia is recognised as a major pollutant worldwide, originating from natural and anthropogenic sources. Studies have reported that freshwater mussels are amongst the most sensitive taxa to ammonia, but there is a lack of data available on ammonia toxicity for the early life stages of freshwater mussels from tropical regions. This paper reports the modification of a 24-h acute toxicity test protocol for tropical freshwater mussels and application of the test using ammonia. Velesunio spp. from three different sites were used to assess the toxicity of ammonia at a targeted pH of 6...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786850/plasticizers-and-bpa-residues-in-tunisian-and-italian-culinary-herbs-and-spices
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Giuseppa Di Bella, Hedi Ben Mansour, Asma Ben Tekaya, Asma Beltifa, Angela Giorgia Potortì, Emanuele Saiya, Giovanni Bartolomeo, Giacomo Dugo, Vincenzo Lo Turco
In the present study, 18 plasticizers and residues in 10 different Tunisian and Italian culinary herbs and spices (black pepper, mint, caraway, coriander, oregano, rosemary, thyme, fennel, verbena, and laurel) were determined by GC/MS. Di-methylphthalate, di-(2-methylpropyl)adipate, di-n-butyladipate, di-propylphthalate, benzylbenzoate, di-phenylphthalate, and bisphenol A were lower than their LOQ in all 118 samples. Among the Tunisian samples, di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate was found in all types of samples and di-butylphthalate in 50% of types; all other phthalates were rarely dectected...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786148/ecotoxicological-assessment-of-immersion-samples-from-fa%C3%A3-ade-render-containing-free-or-encapsulated-biocides
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Etiënne L M Vermeirssen, Sophie Campiche, Conrad Dietschweiler, Inge Werner, Michael Burkhardt
To protect house façades from fouling by microorganisms, biocides can be added to a render or paint before it is applied. During driving rain events, these biocides gradually leach out and have the potential to pollute soil or aquatic ecosystems. We studied the leaching behaviour of biocides and toxicity of leachates from renders with either free or encapsulated biocides. Both render types contained equal amounts of terbutryn, 2-octyl-3(2H)-isothiazolinone (OIT) and 4,5-dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolino-3-one (DCOIT)...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785502/comparative-persistence-of-human-sewage-specific-enterococcal-bacteriophages-in-freshwater-and-seawater
#14
Namfon Booncharoen, Skorn Mongkolsuk, Kwanrawee Sirikanchana
Enterococcus faecalis bacteria have been recently reported for their ability to host bacteriophages that are specifically from human sewage, suggesting their application to track human fecal contamination in water resources. However, little is known about the survivability of sewage-specific enterococcal bacteriophages in various water matrices under ambient and storage conditions. In this study, bacteriophages that were derived from the Thailand-isolated E. faecalis strains AIM06 and SR14 exhibited morphologies consistent with the Siphoviridae, Podoviridae, and Myoviridae families...
May 21, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783785/effects-of-pb-smelting-on-the-soil-bacterial-community-near-a-secondary-lead-plant
#15
Zhanbin Luo, Jing Ma, Fu Chen, Xiaoxiao Li, Shaoliang Zhang
Secondary lead smelting is a widespread industrial activity which has exacerbated Pb or Cd contamination of soil and water across the world. Soil physicochemical properties, soil enzyme activities, heavy metal concentrations, and bacterial diversity near a secondary lead plant in Xuzhou, China were examined in this study. The results showed that secondary lead smelting activities influenced nearby soils. Soil acidification decreased one order of magnitude, with a mean value of 7.3. Soil organic matter also showed a downward trend, while potassium and nitrogen appeared to accumulate...
May 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783191/ganga-water-pollution-a-potential-health-threat-to-inhabitants-of-ganga-basin
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REVIEW
Sanjay Dwivedi, Seema Mishra, Rudra Deo Tripathi
BACKGROUND: The water quality of Ganga, the largest river in Indian sub-continent and life line to hundreds of million people, has severely deteriorated. Studies have indicated the presence of high level of carcinogenic elements in Ganga water. OBJECTIVES: We performed extensive review of sources and level of organic, inorganic pollution and microbial contamination in Ganga water to evaluate changes in the level of various pollutants in the recent decade in comparison to the past and potential health risk for the population through consumption of toxicant tainted fishes in Ganga basin...
May 18, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783164/potential-risks-from-uv-h-2-o-2-oxidation-and-uv-photocatalysis-a-review-of-toxic-assimilable-and-sensory-unpleasant-transformation-products
#17
REVIEW
Wen-Long Wang, Qian-Yuan Wu, Nan Huang, Zi-Bin Xu, Min-Yong Lee, Hong-Ying Hu
UV based advanced oxidation processes (UV-AOPs) that efficiently eliminate organic pollutants during water treatment have been the subject of numerous investigations. Most organic pollutants are not completely mineralized during UV-AOPs but are partially oxidized into transformation products (TPs), thereby adding complexity to the treated water and posing risks to humans, ecological systems, and the environment. While the degradation kinetics and mechanisms of pollutants have been widely documented, there is little information about the risks associated with TPs...
May 15, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783116/modelling-environment-contamination-with-heavy-metals-in-flathead-grey-mullet-mugil-cephalus-and-upper-sediments-from-north-african-coasts-of-the-mediterranean-sea
#18
Naouel Ouali, Bourhane-Eddine Belabed, Haroun Chenchouni
Heavy metals are a serious hazard for aquatic ecosystems and human health. They negatively affect aquatic life functioning through accumulation resulting physiological/growth disturbances in aquatic lifeforms. This survey focused on the assessment of heavy metal pollution in the Gulf of Annaba (northeastern Algeria), the largest and most diversified industrial hub in Africa, using a multi-compartment approach (water-sediment-biota). The study aims to characterize the spatiotemporal variation of trace metal (TM) contamination and its effects on the growth of the Flathead grey mullet (Mugil cephalus)...
May 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783111/polymeric-nanocomposites-for-the-removal-of-acid-red-52-dye-from-aqueous-solutions-synthesis-characterization-kinetic-and-isotherm-studies
#19
A Gouthaman, Raja S Azarudeen, A Gnanaprakasam, V M Sivakumar, M Thirumarimurugan
Polymeric nanocomposites polyaniline-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PAPV) and polyaniline-polyvinylpyrrolidone-neodymium/zinc oxide (PAPV-NZO) were synthesized for the effective dye removal through adsorption process. Neodymium doped zinc oxide (NZO) with various proportions of neodymium were prepared by chemical co-precipitation method and incorporated into the copolymer matrix via oxidative polymerization technique. NZO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the morphological features, and functional group linkages of the PAPV-NZO were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses...
May 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783051/occurrence-and-potential-human-health-risks-of-semi-volatile-organic-compounds-in-drinking-water-from-cities-along-the-chinese-coastland-of-the-yellow-sea
#20
Zekai Li, Fangyu Chang, Peng Shi, Xun Chen, Feng Yang, Qing Zhou, Yang Pan, Aimin Li
Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in drinking water have been considered a severe threat to public health worldwide. However, SVOC contamination and the associated human health risks of the drinking water from cities along tributaries of the Yangtze River and Huaihe River in China have been seldom reported. Here, we focused on the occurrence and distribution of a series of SVOCs, mainly including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and phthalate esters (PAEs), in drinking water of this region...
May 12, 2018: Chemosphere
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