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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332271/biodegradation-of-plastics-current-scenario-and-future-prospects-for-environmental-safety
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Temoor Ahmed, Muhammad Shahid, Farrukh Azeem, Ijaz Rasul, Asad Ali Shah, Muhammad Noman, Amir Hameed, Natasha Manzoor, Irfan Manzoor, Sher Muhammad
Plastic is a general term used for a wide range of high molecular weight organic polymers obtained mostly from the various hydrocarbon and petroleum derivatives. There is an ever-increasing trend towards the production and consumption of plastics due to their extensive industrial and domestic applications. However, a wide spectrum of these polymers is non-biodegradable with few exceptions. The extensive use of plastics, lack of waste management, and casual community behavior towards their proper disposal pose a significant threat to the environment...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331920/engineering-yeast-for-utilization-of-alternative-feedstocks
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REVIEW
Allison Yaguchi, Michael Spagnuolo, Mark Blenner
Realizing the economic benefits of alternative substrates for commodity chemical bioproduction typically requires significant metabolic engineering of common model organisms, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A growing toolkit is enabling engineering of non-conventional yeast that have robust native metabolism for xylose, acetate, aromatics, and waste lipids. Scheffersomyces stipitis was engineered to produce itaconic acid from xylose. Yarrowia lipolytica produced lipids from dilute acetate at over 100g/L. Cutaneotrichosporon oleaginosus was engineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids and recently was shown to accumulate nearly 70% lipids when grown on aromatics as a carbon source...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331913/speciation-evolution-of-zinc-and-copper-during-pyrolysis-and-hydrothermal-carbonization-treatments-of-sewage-sludges
#3
Rixiang Huang, Bei Zhang, Emily M Saad, Ellery D Ingall, Yuanzhi Tang
Thermal and hydrothermal treatments are promising techniques for sewage sludge management that can potentially facilitate safe waste disposal, energy recovery, and nutrient recovery/recycling. Content and speciation of heavy metals in the treatment products affect the potential environmental risks upon sludge disposal and/or application of the treatment products. Therefore, it is important to study the speciation transformation of heavy metals and the effects of treatment conditions. By combining synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy/microscopy analysis and sequential chemical extraction, this study systematically characterized the speciation of Zn and Cu in municipal sewage sludges and their chars derived from pyrolysis (a representative thermal treatment technique) and hydrothermal carbonization (HTC; a representative hydrothermal treatment technique)...
January 4, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331892/dynamic-probabilistic-material-flow-analysis-of-nano-sio2-nano-iron-oxides-nano-ceo2-nano-al2o3-and-quantum-dots-in-seven-european-regions
#4
Yan Wang, Bernd Nowack
Static environmental exposure assessment models based on material flow analysis (MFA) have previously been used to estimate flows of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to the environment. However, such models do not account for changes in the system behavior over time. Dynamic MFA used in this study includes the time-dependent development of the modelling system by considering accumulation of ENMs in stocks and the environment, and the dynamic release of ENMs from nano-products. In addition, this study also included regional variations in population, waste management systems, and environmental compartments, which subsequently influence the environmental release and concentrations of ENMs...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331852/no-time-to-waste-organic-waste-nanosizing-converts-remains-of-food-processing-into-refined-materials
#5
Sharoon Griffin, Muhammad Sarfraz, Verda Farida, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Azubuike P Ebokaiwe, Cornelia M Keck, Claus Jacob
Modern food processing results in considerable amounts of side-products, such as grape seeds, walnut shells, spent coffee grounds, and harvested tomato plants. These materials are still rich in valuable and biologically active substances and therefore of interest from the perspective of waste management and "up-cycling". In contrast to traditional, often time consuming and low-value uses, such as vermicomposting and anaerobic digestion, the complete conversion into nanosuspensions unlocks considerable potentials of and new applications for such already spent organic materials without the need of extraction and without producing any additional waste...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331718/partition-of-zn-cd-and-pb-during-co-combustion-of-sedum-plumbizincicola-and-sewage-sludge
#6
Feihong Guo, Zhaoping Zhong, Hui Xue
Co-combustion of sedum plumbizincicola and sewage sludge was performed in a tubular furnace. The influence of experimental conditions on the partitioning of Zn, Cd, and Pb was investigated. The results showed that 30% sewage sludge was proposed as the optimal ratio for the co-combustion as a compromise between low calorific value and high amount of heavy metal remained in the bottom ash. High temperature increased the volatilization degree of heavy metals, among which the performance of Cd and Pb was obvious than Zn...
January 6, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330602/ecosystem-carbon-emissions-from-2015-forest-fires-in-interior-alaska
#7
Christopher Potter
BACKGROUND: In the summer of 2015, hundreds of wildfires burned across the state of Alaska, and consumed more than 1.6 million ha of boreal forest and wetlands in the Yukon-Koyukuk region. Mapping of 113 large wildfires using Landsat satellite images from before and after 2015 indicated that nearly 60% of this area was burned at moderate-to-high severity levels. Field measurements near the town of Tanana on the Yukon River were carried out in July of 2017 in both unburned and 2015 burned forested areas (nearly adjacent to one-another) to visually verify locations of different Landsat burn severity classes (low, moderate, or high; LBS, MBS, HBS)...
January 8, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330530/estimation-of-lean-body-mass-by-creatinine-kinetics-increases-the-prevalence-of-muscle-wasting-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-compared-to-bioimpedance
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Suree Yoowannakul, Andrew Davenport
Dialysis patients are at increased risk for muscle wasting, and time efficient screening tests are required for to allow for early detection. Creatinine kinetics have been advocated to estimate lean body mass (LBM) in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, and can be readily calculated in clinical practice from peritoneal dialysate effluent and urine collections. Bioimpedance is increasingly available, and we compared methods in 434 PD patients (55% men, 33.3% diabetics), mean age 55.2 ± 16.2 years. LBM was lower by creatinine kinetics (47...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330527/aquaglyceroporin-pbaqp-is-required-for-efficient-progression-through-the-liver-stage-of-plasmodium-infection
#9
Dominique Promeneur, Godfree Mlambo, Peter Agre, Isabelle Coppens
The discovery of aquaglyceroporins (AQP) has highlighted a new mechanism of membrane solute transport that may hold therapeutic potential for controlling parasitic infections, including malaria. Plasmodium parasites express a single AQP at the plasma membrane that functions as a channel for water, nutrients and waste into and out cells. We previously demonstrated that Plasmodium berghei targeted for PbAQP deletion are deficient in glycerol import and less virulent than wild-type parasites during the blood developmental stage...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330191/thermophilic-alkaline-fermentation-followed-by-mesophilic-anaerobic-digestion-for-efficient-hydrogen-and-methane-production-from-waste-activated-sludge-focusing-on-dynamics-of-bacterial-pathogens-as-revealed-by-the-combination-of-metagenomic-and-qpcr-analysis
#10
Jingjing Wan, Yuhang Jing, Yue Rao, Shicheng Zhang, Gang Luo
Thermophilic alkaline fermentation followed by mesophilic anaerobic digestion (TM) for hydrogen and methane production from waste activated sludge (WAS) was investigated. TM process was also compared to mesophilic alkaline fermentation followed by mesophilic anaerobic digestion (MM) process and one-stage mesophilic anaerobic digestion (M) process. The results showed that both hydrogen yield (74.5 mLH2/gVS) and methane yield (150.7 mLCH4/gVS) in TM process were higher than those (6.7 mLH2/gVS and 127.8 mLCH4/gVS) in MM process...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329958/contact-tracing-for-the-control-of-infectious-disease-epidemics-chronic-wasting-disease-in-deer-farms
#11
Chris Rorres, Maria Romano, Jennifer A Miller, Jana M Mossey, Tony H Grubesic, David E Zellner, Gary Smith
Contact tracing is a crucial component of the control of many infectious diseases, but is an arduous and time consuming process. Procedures that increase the efficiency of contact tracing increase the chance that effective controls can be implemented sooner and thus reduce the magnitude of the epidemic. We illustrate a procedure using Graph Theory in the context of infectious disease epidemics of farmed animals in which the epidemics are driven mainly by the shipment of animals between farms. Specifically, we created a directed graph of the recorded shipments of deer between deer farms in Pennsylvania over a timeframe and asked how the properties of the graph could be exploited to make contact tracing more efficient should Chronic Wasting Disease (a prion disease of deer) be discovered in one of the farms...
December 14, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329831/physicochemical-properties-nutritional-value-and-techno-functional-properties-of-goldenberry-physalis-peruviana-waste-powder-concise-title-composition-of-goldenberry-juice-waste
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Sayed M Mokhtar, Hesham M Swailam, Hassan El-Sayed Embaby
Goldenberry waste powder, contained 5.87% moisture, 15.89% protein, 13.72% fat, 3.52% ash, 16.74% dietary fiber and 61% carbohydrates. Potassium (560 mg/100 g) was the predominant element followed by sodium (170 mg/100 g) and phosphorus (130 mg/100 g). Amino acid analysis gave high levels of cystine/methionine, histidine and tyrosine/phenylalanine. Goldenberry waste powder had good levels of the techno-functional properties including water absorption index, swelling index, foaming capacity and stability (3...
May 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329809/new-n-guanidinium-chitosan-silica-ionic-microhybrids-as-efficient-adsorbent-for-dye-removal-from-waste-water
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Ahmed Salama, Peter Hesemann
N-guanidinium chitosan acetate, a new chitosan derivative, was prepared via direct guanylation reaction between chitosan and cyanamide in the presence of scandium (III) triflate. Treatment of N-guanidinium chitosan acetate with 3-(trihydroxysilyl)-1-propanesulphonic acid followed by sol-gel reaction allowed accessing N-guanidinium chitosan silica hybrid material. The new ionic microhybrid was characterized using 13C and 29Si solid state NMR, IR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetry...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329656/techno-economic-performance-indicators-of-municipal-solid-waste-collection-strategies
#14
G Bertanza, E Ziliani, L Menoni
Several indicators for the evaluation of the MSW collection systems have been proposed in the literature. These evaluation tools consider only some of the aspects that influence the operational efficiency of the collection service. The aim of this paper is to suggest a set of (easy to calculate) indicators that overcomes this limitation, taking into account both the characteristics of collected waste and the operational - economic performance. The main components of the collection system (labour, vehicles and containers) are separately considered so that it is possible to quantify and compare their role within the whole process...
January 9, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329343/effect-of-freeze-thaw-cycling-on-grain-size-of-biochar
#15
Zuolin Liu, Brandon Dugan, Caroline A Masiello, Leila M Wahab, Helge M Gonnermann, Jeffrey A Nittrouer
Biochar may improve soil hydrology by altering soil porosity, density, hydraulic conductivity, and water-holding capacity. These properties are associated with the grain size distributions of both soil and biochar, and therefore may change as biochar weathers. Here we report how freeze-thaw (F-T) cycling impacts the grain size of pine, mesquite, miscanthus, and sewage waste biochars under two drainage conditions: undrained (all biochars) and a gravity-drained experiment (mesquite biochar only). In the undrained experiment plant biochars showed a decrease in median grain size and a change in grain-size distribution consistent with the flaking off of thin layers from the biochar surface...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329319/comparative-analysis-of-uranium-bioassociation-with-halophilic-bacteria-and-archaea
#16
Miriam Bader, Katharina Müller, Harald Foerstendorf, Matthias Schmidt, Karen Simmons, Juliet S Swanson, Donald T Reed, Thorsten Stumpf, Andrea Cherkouk
Rock salt represents a potential host rock formation for the final disposal of radioactive waste. The interactions between indigenous microorganisms and radionuclides, e.g. uranium, need to be investigated to better predict the influence of microorganisms on the safety assessment of the repository. Hence, the association process of uranium with two microorganisms isolated from rock salt was comparatively studied. Brachybacterium sp. G1, which was isolated from the German salt dome Gorleben, and Halobacterium noricense DSM15987T, were selected as examples of a moderately halophilic bacterium and an extremely halophilic archaeon, respectively...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329262/contamination-and-risk-assessment-of-estrogens-in-livestock-manure-a-case-study-in-jiangsu-province-china
#17
Pengcheng Xu, Xian Zhou, Defu Xu, Yanbing Xiang, Wanting Ling, Mindong Chen
This study investigated the occurrence and contamination risk of estrogens in livestock manure in Jiangsu Province, China. Four estrogens-estriol (E3), 17β-estradiol (17β-E2), bisphenol A (BPA), and 17α-ethinyloestradiol (EE2)-were detected in livestock manure from hens, ducks, swine, and cows. The respective mean concentrations of each estrogen found in these manures were 289.8, 334.1, 330.3, and 33.7 μg/kg for E3; 38.6, 10.9, 52.9, and 38.8 μg/kg for 17β-E2; 63.6, 48.7, 51.9, and 11.7 μg/kg for BPA; and 14...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329087/occurrence-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas-in-garden-produce-at-homes-with-a-history-of-pfas-contaminated-drinking-water
#18
Deanna P Scher, James E Kelly, Carin A Huset, Kitrina M Barry, Richard W Hoffbeck, Virginia L Yingling, Rita B Messing
The decades-long disposal of manufacturing waste containing perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in landfills resulted in contamination of groundwater serving as the drinking water supply for the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan region. While measures were taken to reduce the levels of PFAS in the drinking water, questions remained about possible non-drinking water pathways of exposure in these communities. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) investigated whether PFAS in water used for yard and garden irrigation results in elevated concentrations of PFAS in soil and home-grown produce...
December 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329005/costs-and-benefits-of-biogas-recovery-from-communal-anaerobic-digesters-treating-domestic-wastewater-evidence-from-peri-urban-zambia
#19
Jeannette Laramee, Sebastien Tilmans, Jennifer Davis
Communal anaerobic digesters (ADs) have been promoted as a waste-to-energy strategy that can provide sanitation and clean energy co-benefits. However, little empirical evidence is available regarding the performance of such systems in field conditions. This study assesses the wastewater treatment efficiency, energy production, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and financial costs and benefits of communal ADs used for domestic wastewater treatment in Zambia. Primary data on the technical performance of 15 ADs were collected over a 6-month period and in-person interviews were conducted with heads of 120 households...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328986/post-anaerobic-digestion-thermal-hydrolysis-of-sewage-sludge-and-food-waste-effect-on-methane-yields-dewaterability-and-solids-reduction
#20
Kine Svensson, Oda Kjørlaug, Matthew J Higgins, Roar Linjordet, Svein J Horn
Post-anaerobic digestion (PAD) treatment technologies have been suggested for anaerobic digestion (AD) to improve process efficiency and assure hygenization of organic waste. Because AD reduces the amount of organic waste, PAD can be applied to a much smaller volume of waste compared to pre-digestion treatment, thereby improving efficiency. In this study, dewatered digestate cakes from two different AD plants were thermally hydrolyzed and dewatered, and the liquid fraction was recirculated to a semi-continuous AD reactor...
January 4, 2018: Water Research
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