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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087920/spatial-and-temporal-variation-of-water-quality-in-the-bertam-catchment-cameron-highlands-malaysia
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G Rasul
The spatio-temporal variability of water quality associated with anthropogenic activities was studied for the Bertam River and its main tributaries within the Bertam Catchment, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. A number of physico-chemical parameters of collected samples were analyzed to evaluate their spatio-temporal variability. Non-parametric statistical analysis showed significant temporal and spatial differences (p<0.05) in most of the parameters across the Catchment. Parameters except DO and COD displayed higher values in rainy season...
December 16, 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081505/practicability-of-monitoring-soil-cd-hg-and-pb-pollution-based-on-a-geochemical-survey-in-china
#2
Xueqi Xia, Zhongfang Yang, Guocheng Li, Tao Yu, Qingye Hou, Admire Muchimamui Mutelo
Repeated visiting, i.e., sampling and analysis at two or more temporal points, is one of the important ways of monitoring soil heavy metal contamination. However, with the concern about the cost, determination of the number of samples and the temporal interval, and their capability to detect a certain change is a key technical problem to be solved. This depends on the spatial variation of the parameters in the monitoring units. The "National Multi-Purpose Regional Geochemical Survey" (NMPRGS) project in China, acquired the spatial distribution of heavy metals using a high density sampling method in the most arable regions in China...
December 19, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078983/cutaneous-larva-migrans
#3
Alexander K C Leung, Benjamin Barankin, Kam Lun Hon
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous larva migrans is one of the most common skin diseases reported in travelers returning from tropical regions. Western physicians, however, are often not familiar of this condition. OBJECTIVE: To review in depth the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, complications, and treatment of cutaneous larva migrans. METHODS: A PubMed search was completed in Clinical Queries using the key term "cutaneous larva migrans"...
January 10, 2017: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078980/bioremediation-of-toxic-heavy-metals-a-patent-review
#4
Neelam Verma, Rajni Sharma
BACKGROUND: The global industrialization is fulfilling the demands of modern population at the cost of environmental exposure to various contaminants including heavy metals. These heavy metals affect water and soil quality. Moreover these enter into the food chain and exhibit their lethal effects on the human health even when present at slightly higher concentration than required for normal metabolism. To the worst of their part, the heavy metals may become carcinogenic. Henceforth, the efficient removal of heavy metals is the demand of sustainable development...
January 11, 2017: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078519/decrease-in-the-genotoxicity-of-metal-contaminated-soils-with-biochar-amendments
#5
Frédéric Rees, Adrien Dhyèvre, Jean Louis Morel, Sylvie Cotelle
Biochar amendments, i.e., the solid product of biomass pyrolysis, reduce soil metal availability, which may lower the toxicity of metal-contaminated soils. A direct link between the decrease in soil metal availability and improved plant development is however often difficult to establish, as biochar may induce undesirable side effects on plant growth, e.g., a modification to plant nutrition. In order to investigate toxicity processes at a cellular level, roots of Vicia faba were exposed for 7 days to three metal-contaminated substrates and one control soil, amended with a 0 or 5% (w/w) addition of a wood-derived biochar...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078431/degradation-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-by-a-novel-gordonia-alkanivorans-strain-yc-rl2
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Ruth Nahurira, Lei Ren, Jinlong Song, Yang Jia, Junhuan Wang, Shuanghu Fan, Haisheng Wang, Yanchun Yan
One bacterial strain, YC-RL2, isolated from petroleum-contaminated soil, could utilize environmental hormone Di(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) as a sole carbon source for growth. Strain YC-RL2 was identified as Gordonia alkanivorans by 16S rRNA gene analysis and Biolog tests. The effects of environmental factors which might affect the degrading process were optimized at 30 °C and pH 8.0. Strain YC-RL2 showed superior halotolerance and could tolerate up to 0-5% NaCl in trace element medium supplemented with DEHP, although the DEHP degradation rates slowed as NaCl concentration increased...
January 12, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076772/impact-of-dairy-manure-pre-application-treatment-on-manure-composition-soil-dynamics-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-abundance-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-on-vegetables-at-harvest
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Yuan-Ching Tien, Bing Li, Tong Zhang, Andrew Scott, Roger Murray, Lyne Sabourin, Romain Marti, Edward Topp
Manuring ground used for crop production is an important agricultural practice. Should antibiotic-resistant enteric bacteria carried in the manure be transferred to crops that are consumed raw, their consumption by humans or animals will represent a route of exposure to antibiotic resistance genes. Treatment of manures prior to land application is a potential management option to reduce the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes entrained with manure application. In this study, dairy manure that was untreated, anaerobically digested, mechanically dewatered or composted was applied to field plots that were then cropped to lettuce, carrots and radishes...
January 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076454/a-broad-ph-range-and-processive-chitinase-from-a-metagenome-library
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S S Thimoteo, A Glogauer, H Faoro, E M de Souza, L F Huergo, B M Moerschbacher, F O Pedrosa
Chitinases are hydrolases that degrade chitin, a polymer of N-acetylglucosamine linked β(1-4) present in the exoskeleton of crustaceans, insects, nematodes and fungal cell walls. A metagenome fosmid library from a wastewater-contaminated soil was functionally screened for chitinase activity leading to the isolation and identification of a chitinase gene named metachi18A. The metachi18A gene was subcloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli BL21 and the MetaChi18A chitinase was purified by affinity chromatography as a 6xHis-tagged fusion protein...
January 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074912/influences-of-calcium-silicate-on-chemical-forms-and-subcellular-distribution-of-cadmium-in-amaranthus-hypochondriacus-l
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Huanping Lu, Zhian Li, Jingtao Wu, Yong Shen, Yingwen Li, Bi Zou, Yetao Tang, Ping Zhuang
A pot experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of calcium silicate (CS) on the subcellular distribution and chemical forms of cadmium (Cd) in grain amaranths (Amaranthus hypochondriacus L. Cv. 'K112') grown in a Cd contaminated soil. Results showed that the dry weight and the photosynthetic pigments contents in grain amaranths increased significantly with the increasing doses of CS treatments, with the highest value found for the treatment of CS3 (1.65 g/kg). Compared with the control, application of CS4 (3...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074372/tracking-fluorescent-components-of-dissolved-organic-matter-from-soils-in-large-scale-irrigated-area
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Hongwei Pan, Huibin Yu, Yonghui Song, Lin Zhu, Ruixia Liu, Erdeng Du
Combination of fluorescence excitation-emission matrix spectroscopy with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) and principal component analysis (PCA) was engaged to track fluorescent components of dissolved organic matter (DOM) extracted from soils, to seek potential factors, and to reveal their correlations with physico-chemical properties of soils. Soil samples at different depths were collected in Hetao irrigated area of Inner Mongolia, China. Five fluorescent components (C1 to C5) were identified by PARAFAC modeling of DOM extracted from the soil samples...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074371/microbial-flora-analysis-for-the-degradation-of-beta-cypermethrin
#11
Zhang Qi, Zhang Wei
In the Xinjiang region of Eurasia, sustained long-term and continuous cropping of cotton over a wide expanse of land is practiced, which requires application of high levels of pyrethroid and other classes of pesticides-resulting in high levels of pesticide residues in the soil. In this study, soil samples were collected from areas of long-term continuous cotton crops with the aim of obtaining microbial resources applicable for remediation of pyrethroid pesticide contamination suitable for the soil type and climate of that area...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074366/improved-slant-drilling-well-for-in-situ-remediation-of-groundwater-and-soil-at-contaminated-sites
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Yasuhide Furukawa, Kazuhiro Mukai, Keisuke Ohmura, Takeshi Kobayashi
Soil contamination has become a crucial issue in urban redevelopment. Japan has many contaminated sites on which manufacturing has been conducted over several decades. Site holders are now under pressure to manage chemical contamination; however, the use of heavy machinery is difficult in remedial operations on restricted sites, especially where there are still working factories. The slant well is a potentially useful technique in such settings, but its use is technically challenging because of the need for high drilling accuracy and the difficulty in sealing the slanted bores...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074219/bioremediation-of-mercury-not-properly-exploited-in-contaminated-soils
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REVIEW
Khandaker Rayhan Mahbub, Md Mezbaul Bahar, Maurizio Labbate, Kannan Krishnan, Stuart Andrews, Ravi Naidu, Mallavarapu Megharaj
Contamination of land and water caused by heavy metal mercury (Hg) poses a serious threat to biota worldwide. The seriousness of toxicity of this neurotoxin is characterized by its ability to augment in food chains and bind to thiol groups in living tissue. Therefore, different remediation approaches have been implemented to rehabilitate Hg-contaminated sites. Bioremediation is considered as cheaper and greener technology than the conventional physico-chemical means. Large-scale use of Hg-volatilizing bacteria are used to clean up Hg-contaminated waters, but there is no such approach to remediate Hg-contaminated soils...
January 10, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070103/a-pilot-study-for-construction-of-a-new-cadmium-sensing-yeast-strain-carrying-a-reporter-plasmid-with-the-jlp1-promoter
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Sayoko Ito-Harashima, Yui Mizutani, Motoshi Nishimura, Hyo Jeong Kim, Yeo Jin Kim, Hyun Soo Kim, Ji Hye Bae, Preeyaporn Koedrith, Masanobu Kawanishi, Young Rok Seo, Takashi Yagi
Cadmium contamination still occurs in some parts of the world, and its concentrations in the environment are monitored in most countries due to its adverse effects on human health. We herein established yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) reporter assay strains carrying plasmids with the yeast JLP1, SEO1, and CUP1 promoters connected to the bacterial lacZ reporter gene. The strain carrying the high-copy number pESC-JLP1-lacZ reporter plasmid was more responsive to cadmium than strains with other reporter plasmids...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069310/climate-change-influences-on-the-response-of-macroinvertebrate-communities-to-pesticide-contamination-in-the-sacramento-river-california-watershed
#15
Ming-Chih Chiu, Lisa Hunt, Vincent H Resh
Limited studies have addressed how future climate-change scenarios may alter the effects of pesticides on biotic assemblages or the effects of exposures to repeated pulses of pesticide mixtures. We used reported pesticide-use data as input to a hydrological fate and transport model (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) under multiple climate-change scenarios to simulate spatiotemporal dynamics of pesticides mixtures in streams on a daily time-step in the Sacramento River watershed of California. We predicted that there will be increased pesticide application with warming across the watershed, especially in upstream areas...
January 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069305/use-of-plant-growth-promoting-bacterial-strains-to-improve-cytisus-striatus-and-lupinus-luteus-development-for-potential-application-in-phytoremediation
#16
María Balseiro-Romero, Panagiotis Gkorezis, Petra S Kidd, Jonathan Van Hamme, Nele Weyens, Carmen Monterroso, Jaco Vangronsveld
Plant growth promoting (PGP) bacterial strains possess different mechanisms to improve plant development under common environmental stresses, and are therefore often used as inoculants in soil phytoremediation processes. The aims of the present work were to study the effects of a collection of plant growth promoting bacterial strains on plant development, antioxidant enzyme activities and nutritional status of Cytisus striatus and/or Lupinus luteus plants a) growing in perlite under non-stress conditions and b) growing in diesel-contaminated soil...
January 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068645/characteristics-of-pah-tar-oil-contaminated-soils-black-particles-resins-and-implications-for-treatment-strategies
#17
Clément Trellu, Anja Miltner, Rosita Gallo, David Huguenot, Eric D van Hullebusch, Giovanni Esposito, Mehmet A Oturan, Matthias Kästner
Tar oil contamination is a major environmental concern due to health impacts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and the difficulty of reaching acceptable remediation end-points. Six tar oil-contaminated soils with different industrial histories were compared to investigate contamination characteristics by black particles. Here we provide a simple method tested on 6 soils to visualize and identify large amounts of black particles (BP) as either solid aggregates of resinified and weathered tar oil or various wood/coke/coal-like materials derived from the contamination history...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068401/advantages-of-synthetic-noise-and-machine-learning-for-analyzing-radioecological-data-sets
#18
Igor Shuryak
The ecological effects of accidental or malicious radioactive contamination are insufficiently understood because of the hazards and difficulties associated with conducting studies in radioactively-polluted areas. Data sets from severely contaminated locations can therefore be small. Moreover, many potentially important factors, such as soil concentrations of toxic chemicals, pH, and temperature, can be correlated with radiation levels and with each other. In such situations, commonly-used statistical techniques like generalized linear models (GLMs) may not be able to provide useful information about how radiation and/or these other variables affect the outcome (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067656/magnetite-nanoparticles-influence-the-ammonium-oxidizing-bacteria-activity-during-nitritation-process
#19
Simone Perazzoli, Camila Michels, Hugo M Soares
With nanotechnology dissemination, nanomaterials' (NMs) release into the environment is inevitable and may adversely affect the wastewater treatment processes. Among the NMs, the iron oxide nanoparticles have a considerable commercial potential, mainly because their magnetic properties, high catalytic ability and antimicrobial activity. However, few studies have examined their potential effect on the biological wastewater treatment. In this process, ammonium-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) are sensitive to the presence of inhibitory compounds and are useful as biosensors to assess contaminant toxicity information...
January 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067537/a-farmhouse-son-in-law-and-radiation
#20
S Endo
The residents of Suetsugi in Fukushima Prefecture measured ambient dose rates and radiocaesium concentrations in the soil after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in an attempt to maintain living conditions in the region. The measurements were colour plotted into maps to visualise the contamination. Through the receipt of external support, a number of radioactivity-related initiatives were implemented for the residents. Studies were also undertaken regarding the impact of radiocaesium contamination on rice farming in Suetsugi following the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant...
January 1, 2017: Annals of the ICRP
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