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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150507/divalent-metal-cations-potentiate-the-predatory-capacity-of-amoeba-for-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Man Shun Fu, Arturo Casadevall
Among the best studied interaction between soil phagocytic predators and a human pathogenic fungus is that of Acanthamoeba castellanii and Cryptococcus neoformans The experimental conditions used in amoeba-fungal confrontation assays can have major effects on whether the fungus or the protozoan is ascendant in the interaction. In the presence of Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) in PBS, C. neoformans was consistently killed when incubated with A. castellanii. A. castellanii survived better in the presence of Mg(2+) and Ca(2+), even when incubated with C...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150255/effects-of-red-earthworms-eisenia-fetida-on-leachability-of-lead-minerals-in-soil
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Armin Kavehei, Grant C Hose, Damian B Gore
Contamination of soils by metals and metalloids is an important environmental problem in many residential and industrial sites around the world. Lead is a common contaminant, which enters the soil through mining, industrial activities and waste disposal. A range of technologies can be used to remediate soil lead, however most remediation technologies adversely affect the environment and particularly soil biota. We have assessed the efficacy of vermiremediation (the use of earthworms for remediation) to reduce water extractable lead concentrations in soil...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149838/genetic-variation-in-populations-of-the-earthworm-lumbricus-rubellus-across-contaminated-mine-sites
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Craig Anderson, Luis Cunha, Pierfrancesco Sechi, Peter Kille, David Spurgeon
BACKGROUND: Populations of the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, are commonly found across highly contaminated former mine sites and are considered to have under-gone selection for mitigating metal toxicity. Comparison of adapted populations with those found on less contaminated soils can provide insights into ecological processes that demonstrate the long-term effects of soil contamination. Contemporary sequencing methods allow for portrayal of demographic inferences and highlight genetic variation indicative of selection at specific genes...
November 17, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149750/friends-or-foes-monetized-life-cycle-assessment-and-cost-benefit-analysis-of-the-site-remediation-of-a-former-gas-plant
#4
Lies Huysegoms, Sandra Rousseau, Valérie Cappuyns
Site contamination is a global concern because of the potential risks for human health and ecosystem quality. Every contaminated site has its own specific characteristics and the increased availability and efficiency of remediation techniques makes the choice of remediation alternative increasingly complicated. In this paper an attributional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the secondary environmental impacts of a site remediation is performed and its results are monetized using two different monetization techniques, namely Stepwise 2006 and Ecovalue 08...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149748/in-situ-long-term-modeling-of-phenanthrene-dynamics-in-an-aged-contaminated-soil-using-the-vsoil-platform
#5
Khaled Brimo, Patricia Garnier, François Lafolie, Geoffroy Séré, Stéphanie Ouvrard
Management and remediation actions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) contaminated sites require an accurate knowledge of the dynamics of these chemicals in situ under real conditions. Here we developed, under the Virtual Soil Platform, a global model for PAH that describes the principal physical and biological processes controlling the dynamics of PAH in soil under real climatic conditions. The model was applied first to simulate the observed dynamics of phenanthrene in situ field experimental plots of industrial contaminated soil...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149723/residual-effects-of-biochar-on-growth-photosynthesis-and-cadmium-uptake-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-under-cd-stress-with-different-water-conditions
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Muhammad Rizwan, Shafaqat Ali, Tahir Abbas, Muhammad Adrees, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Muhammad Ibrahim, Farhat Abbas, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Rab Nawaz
Soil cadmium (Cd) contamination and drought stress are among the main issues hindering global food security. Biochar has been used to reduce metal uptake by plants and water stress mitigation, but long-term residual effects of biochar under Cd stress at different moisture levels needs to be investigated. A following rice (Oryza sativa L.) was grown after wheat on Cd-contaminated soil amended with different levels of biochar (0, 3.0, and 5.0%, w/w). Thirty five days old plants were irrigated with three moisture levels including zero drought as a control (1-2 cm water layer on soil), mild drought (MD, 50% of soil water holding capacity, WHC), and severe drought (SD, 35% of soil WHC) for an accompanying 35 days...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148925/degradation-of-chlordecone-and-beta-hexachlorocyclohexane-by-photolysis-photo-fenton-oxidation-and-ozonation
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Germán Cruz-González, Carine Julcour, Hélène Chaumat, Valérie Bourdon, Felipe Ramon-Portugal, Sarra Gaspard, Ulises J Jáuregui-Haza, Henri Delmas
Intensive use of chlorinated pesticides from the 1960s to the 1990s has resulted in a diffuse contamination of soils and surface waters in the banana-producing areas of the French West Indies. The purpose of this research was, for the first time, to examine the degradation of two of these persistent pollutants - chlordecone (CLD) and beta-hexachlorocyclohexane (β-HCH) in 1 mg L(-1) synthetic aqueous solutions by means of photolysis, (photo-) Fenton oxidation and ozonation processes. Fenton oxidation is not efficient for CLD and yields less than 15% reduction of β-HCH concentration in 5 h...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147988/phytoextraction-with-salix-viminalis-in-a-moderately-to-strongly-contaminated-area
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Dávid Tőzsér, Sándor Harangi, Edina Baranyai, Gyula Lakatos, Zoltán Fülöp, Béla Tóthmérész, Edina Simon
We tested the suitability of Salix viminalis for phytoextraction with the analysis of selected elements in soil, root, and leaf, and by visual tree condition assessment in an area with varying levels of contamination. Bioconcentration factor (BCF) and translocation factor (TF) were used to assess the phytoextraction potential of willows. The middle part of the study area was strongly contaminated, while the northern and southern parts were moderately contaminated. We found increasing element concentrations toward deeper layers...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147987/dynamics-of-natural-revegetation-of-hydrocarbon-contaminated-soil-and-remediation-potential-of-indigenous-plant-species-in-the-steppe-zone-of-the-southern-volga-uplands
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Leonid Panchenko, Anna Muratova, Ekaterina Dubrovskaya, Sergey Golubev, Olga Turkovskaya
The result of monitoring of natural vegetation growing on oil-contaminated (2.0-75.6 g/kg) and uncontaminated (0.04-2.0 g/kg) soils of a petroleum refinery for a period of 13 years is presented. Floristic studies showed that the families Poaceae, Asteraceae, Fabaceae, and eventually Brassicaceae were predominant in the vegetation cover of both types of soils. Over time, the projective vegetation cover of the contaminated sites increased from 46 to 90%; the species diversity increased twofold: in the ecological-cenotic structure of the flora, the number of ruderal plant species decreased; and the number of steppe, i...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147980/a-long-term-comparative-assessment-of-human-health-risk-to-leachate-contaminated-groundwater-from-heavy-metal-with-different-liner-systems
#10
Harshit Mishra, Subhankar Karmakar, Rakesh Kumar, Praneeth Kadambala
The handling and management of municipal solid waste (MSW) are major challenges for solid waste management in developing countries. Open dumping is still the most common waste disposal method in India. However, landfilling also causes various environmental, social, and human health impacts. The generation of heavily polluted leachate is a major concern to public health. Engineered barrier systems (EBSs) are commonly used to restrict potentially harmful wastes by preventing the leachate percolation to groundwater and overflow to surface water bodies...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147882/growth-inhibition-patterns-and-transfer-factor-profiles-in-arsenic-stressed-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#11
Ha-Il Jung, Jinwook Lee, Mi-Jin Chae, Myung-Suk Kong, Chang-Hoon Lee, Seong-Soo Kang, Yoo-Hak Kim
Arsenic (As) accumulation in rice owing to uptake from the soil is a critical human health issue. Here, we studied the chemical properties of As-treated soils, growth inhibition patterns of As-stressed rice plants, changes in the As content of soil and soil solutions, and the relationship between As accumulation and As transfer factor from the soil to the rice organs. Rice plants were cultivated in a greenhouse under four concentrations of As: 0 (control), 25, 50, and 75 mg kg(-1). A significant positive correlation was found between available P2O5 and exchangeable K and between As concentration and available P2O5 or exchangeable K...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145477/the-abundance-of-health-associated-bacteria-is-altered-in-pah-polluted-soils-implications-for-health-in-urban-areas
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Anirudra Parajuli, Mira Grönroos, Sari Kauppi, Tomasz Płociniczak, Marja I Roslund, Polina Galitskaya, Olli H Laitinen, Heikki Hyöty, Ari Jumpponen, Rauni Strömmer, Martin Romantschuk, Nan Hui, Aki Sinkkonen
Long-term exposure to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been connected to chronic human health disorders. It is also well-known that i) PAH contamination alters soil bacterial communities, ii) human microbiome is associated with environmental microbiome, and iii) alteration in the abundance of members in several bacterial phyla is associated with adverse or beneficial human health effects. We hypothesized that soil pollution by PAHs altered soil bacterial communities that had known associations with human health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145471/arbuscular-mycorrhizal-strategy-for-zinc-mycoremediation-and-diminished-translocation-to-shoots-and-grains-in-wheat
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Abdelghafar M Abu-Elsaoud, Nivien A Nafady, Ahmed M Abdel-Azeem
Mycoremediation is an on-site remediation strategy, which employs fungi to degrade or sequester contaminants from the environment. The present work focused on the bioremediation of soils contaminated with zinc by the use of a native mycorrhizal fungi (AM) called Funneliformis geosporum (Nicol. & Gerd.) Walker & Schüßler. Experiments were performed using Triticum aestivum L. cv. Gemmeza-10 at different concentrations of Zn (50, 100, 200 mg kg-1) and inoculated with or without F. geosporum. The results showed that the dry weight of mycorrhizal wheat increased at Zn stressed plants as compared to the non-Zn-stressed control plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145129/high-contamination-in-the-areas-surrounding-abandoned-mines-and-mining-activities-an-impact-assessment-of-the-dilala-luilu-and-mpingiri-rivers-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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Emmanuel K Atibu, Pierre Lacroix, Periyasamy Sivalingam, Nicolas Ray, Gregory Giuliani, Crispin K Mulaji, Jean-Paul Otamonga, Pius T Mpiana, Vera I Slaveykova, John Poté
Abandoned mines and mining activities constitute important sources of toxic metals and Rare Earth Elements (REEs) affecting surrounding environmental compartments and biota. This study investigates the contamination degree and distribution of toxic metals and REEs in contrasting sediment, soil and plant samples surrounding rivers in the African copperbelt area characterized by the presence of numerous abandoned mines, artisanal and industrial mining activities. ICP-MS results highlighted the highest concentration of Cu, Co and Pb in sediments reaching values of 146,801, 18,434 and 899 mg kg(-1), respectively...
October 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145102/remediation-of-a-soil-chronically-contaminated-with-hydrocarbons-through-persulfate-oxidation-and-bioremediation
#15
Rocío Medina, Pedro Maximiliano David Gara, Antonio José Fernández-González, Janina Alejandra Rosso, María Teresa Del Panno
The impact of remediation combining chemical oxidation followed by biological treatment on soil matrix and microbial community was studied, of a chronically hydrocarbon contaminated soil sourced from a landfarming treatment. Oxidation by ammonium persulfate produced a significant elimination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and an increase in PAH bioavailability. Organic-matter oxidation mobilized nutrients from the soil matrix. The bacterial populations were affected negatively, with a marked diminution in the diversity indices...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144431/bioabsorption-and-bioaccumulation-of-cadmium-in-the-straw-and-grain-of-maize-zea-mays-l-in-growing-soils-contaminated-with-cadmium-in-different-environment
#16
Jorge Retamal-Salgado, Juan Hirzel, Ingrid Walter, Iván Matus
There is a worldwide increase of heavy metal or potentially toxic element (PTE), contamination in agricultural soils caused mainly by human and industrial action, which leads to food contamination in crops such as in maize. Cadmium (Cd) is a PTE often found in soils and it is ingested through food. It is necessary to determine the bioabsorption, distribution, and accumulation levels in maize to reduce or prevent food chain contamination. Cadmium absorption and accumulation in three maize cultivars were evaluated in three agricultural environments in Chile by increasing CdCl₂ rates (0, 1, and 2 mg·kg(-1))...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144297/effect-of-reagents-used-during-detection-and-quantification-of-ascaris-suum-in-environmental-samples-on-egg-viability
#17
Isaac Dennis Amoah, Poovendhree Reddy, Thor Axel Stenström
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are a major health concern globally. Infection is mostly through contact with contaminated water, food or soil. Therefore to break the cycle of viable transmission STH eggs must be quantitatively detected in the environment. The effect of different reagents on the viability of Ascaris suum eggs during laboratory detection and quantification was assessed and different incubation solutions compared. Sulphuric acid gave a slightly higher recovery percentage of viable eggs (91...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144294/higher-alkyl-sulfatase-activity-required-by-microbial-inhabitants-to-remove-anionic-surfactants-in-the-contaminated-surface-waters
#18
Bulent Icgen, Salih Batuhan Salik, Lale Goksu, Huseyin Ulusoy, Fadime Yilmaz
Biodegradation of anionic surfactants, like sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) are challenged by some bacteria through the function of the enzyme alkyl sulfatases. Therefore, identifying and characterizing bacteria capable of degrading SDS with high alkyl sulfatase enzyme activity are pivotal. In this study, bacteria isolated from surfactant contaminated river water were screened for their potential to degrade SDS. Primary screening carried out by the conventional enrichment culture technique and assessment of SDS-degrading ability through methylene blue active substance assay revealed 12, out of 290, SDS-degrading surface water bacteria with maximum SDS degrading abilities of 46-94% in 24-54 h...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143931/antioxidant-enzyme-activities-of-folsomia-candida-and-avoidance-of-soil-metal-contamination
#19
Wencai Dai, Xin Ke, Zhu Li, Ming Gao, Longhua Wu, Peter Chiristie, Yongming Luo
Induction of the antioxidant enzymes catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and the avoidance of potentially toxic metals in soil by Folsomia candida were investigated. Both laboratory-spiked and field-polluted agricultural soils were used. Cadmium (Cd) concentrations in body tissues, animal avoidance behaviour and physico-chemical properties of the field soils were also determined. In laboratory Cd-spiked soils, the CAT and SOD activities in the Cd treatments were 71.1-94.7 and 1.31-4...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143886/rapid-in-situ-assessment-for-predicting-soil-quality-using-an-algae-soaked-disc-seeding-assay
#20
Sun-Hwa Nam, Jongmin Moon, Shin Woong Kim, Hakyeong Kim, Seung-Woo Jeong, Youn-Joo An
The soil quality of remediated land is altered and this land consequently exerts unexpected biological effects on terrestrial organisms. Therefore, field evaluation of such land should be conducted using biological indicators. Algae are a promising new biological indicator since they are a food source for organisms in higher soil trophic levels and easily sampled from the soil. Field evaluation of soil characteristics is preferred to be testing in laboratory conditions because many biological effects cannot be duplicated during laboratory evaluations...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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