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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346991/an-integrated-assessment-framework-for-the-analysis-of-multiple-pressures-in-aquatic-ecosystems-and-the-appraisal-of-management-options
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A Pistocchi, A Udias, B Grizzetti, E Gelati, P Koundouri, R Ludwig, A Papandreou, I Souliotis
The contribution illustrates an integrated assessment framework aimed at evaluating the relationships between multiple pressures and water body status for the purposes of river basin management. The framework includes the following steps. (1) Understanding how the different pressures affect the status of water bodies. This entails the characterization of biophysical state variables and the definition of a causal relationship between pressures and status. Therefore this step involves interaction between experts bearing ecological understanding and experts providing models to represent the effect of pressures...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346980/ecological-intensification-to-mitigate-impacts-of-conventional-intensive-land-use-on-pollinators-and-pollination
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REVIEW
Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V Dicks
Worldwide, human appropriation of ecosystems is disrupting plant-pollinator communities and pollination function through habitat conversion and landscape homogenisation. Conversion to agriculture is destroying and degrading semi-natural ecosystems while conventional land-use intensification (e.g. industrial management of large-scale monocultures with high chemical inputs) homogenises landscape structure and quality. Together, these anthropogenic processes reduce the connectivity of populations and erode floral and nesting resources to undermine pollinator abundance and diversity, and ultimately pollination services...
March 27, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346910/occurrence-temporal-variation-and-estrogenic-burden-of-five-parabens-in-sewage-sludge-collected-across-the-united-states
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Jing Chen, Benny F G Pycke, Bruce J Brownawell, Chad A Kinney, Edward T Furlong, Dana W Kolpin, Rolf U Halden
Five parabens used as preservatives in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) were measured in sewage sludges collected at 14 U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) located in nine states. Detected concentration ranges (ng/g, dry weight) and frequencies were as follows: methyl paraben (15.9 to 203.0; 100%), propyl paraben (0.5 to 7.7; 100%), ethyl paraben (<0.6 to 2.6; 63%), butyl paraben (<0.4 to 4.3; 42%) and benzyl paraben (<0.4 to 3.3; 26%). The estrogenicity inherent to the sum of parabens detected in sewage sludge (ranging from 10...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346907/long-term-associations-of-modeled-and-self-reported-measures-of-exposure-to-air-pollution-and-noise-at-residence-on-prevalent-hypertension-and-blood-pressure
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Anitha Pitchika, Regina Hampel, Kathrin Wolf, Ute Kraus, Josef Cyrys, Wolfgang Babisch, Annette Peters, Alexandra Schneider
Air pollution, traffic noise and noise annoyance are suggested to be associated with hypertension and blood pressure (BP); however, the evidence remains inconsistent. Our study examined the long-term associations of modeled and self-reported measures of air pollution and traffic noise on prevalent hypertension and BP. We analyzed cross-sectional data from 2552 participants aged 31-72years from the KORA F4 (2006-2008) study conducted in the region of Augsburg, Germany. Land-use regression models were used to estimate residential long-term exposure to particulate matter <2...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346851/aquatic-therapy-for-people-with-lymphedema-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Wai Yeung, Adam I Semciw
BACKGROUND: Aquatic therapy has several proposed benefits for people with lymphedema. A systematic review of the evidence for aquatic therapy in lymphedema management has not been conducted. METHOD AND RESULTS: Systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted. Five electronic databases were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of people with lymphedema, which compared aquatic therapy with other lymphedema interventions. Qualitative analysis was undertaken where quantitative analysis was not possible...
March 27, 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346499/a-farm-level-precision-land-management-framework-based-on-integer-programming
#6
Qi Li, Guiping Hu, Talukder Zaki Jubery, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian
Farmland management involves several planning and decision making tasks including seed selection and irrigation management. A farm-level precision farmland management model based on mixed integer linear programming is proposed in this study. Optimal decisions are designed for pre-season planning of crops and irrigation water allocation. The model captures the effect of size and shape of decision scale as well as special irrigation patterns. The authors illustrate the model with a case study on a farm in the state of California in the U...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345751/tsunami-evacuation-buildings-and-evacuation-planning-in-banda-aceh-indonesia
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Hendri Yuzal, Karl Kim, Pradip Pant, Eric Yamashita
Indonesia, a country of more than 17,000 islands, is exposed to many hazards. A magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on December 26, 2004. It triggered a series of tsunami waves that spread across the Indian Ocean causing damage in 11 countries. Banda Aceh, the capital city of Aceh Province, was among the most damaged. More than 31,000 people were killed. At the time, there were no early warning systems nor evacuation buildings that could provide safe refuge for residents. Since then, four tsunami evacuation buildings (TEBs) have been constructed in the Meuraxa subdistrict of Banda Aceh...
January 2017: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345514/a-soft-tissue-mass-of-the-anterior-maxilla
#8
K Dhanuthai, A Pimkhaokham, K Subbalekha, C A Landes, P Pitak-Arnnop
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 11, 2017: J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345058/nonrainfall-water-origins-and-formation-mechanisms
#9
Kudzai Farai Kaseke, Lixin Wang, Mary K Seely
Dryland ecosystems cover 40% of the total land surface on Earth and are defined broadly as zones where precipitation is considerably less than the potential evapotranspiration. Nonrainfall waters (for example, fog and dew) are the least-studied and least-characterized components of the hydrological cycle, although they supply critical amounts of water for dryland ecosystems. The sources of nonrainfall waters are largely unknown for most systems. In addition, most field and modeling studies tend to consider all nonrainfall inputs as a single category because of technical constraints, which hinders prediction of dryland responses to future warming conditions...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344929/comparing-regional-precipitation-and-temperature-extremes-in-climate-model-and-reanalysis-products
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Oliver Angélil, Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Lisa V Alexander, Dáithí Stone, Markus G Donat, Michael Wehner, Hideo Shiogama, Andrew Ciavarella, Nikolaos Christidis
A growing field of research aims to characterise the contribution of anthropogenic emissions to the likelihood of extreme weather and climate events. These analyses can be sensitive to the shapes of the tails of simulated distributions. If tails are found to be unrealistically short or long, the anthropogenic signal emerges more or less clearly, respectively, from the noise of possible weather. Here we compare the chance of daily land-surface precipitation and near-surface temperature extremes generated by three Atmospheric Global Climate Models typically used for event attribution, with distributions from six reanalysis products...
September 2016: Weather Clim Extrem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344900/temporal-patterns-and-geographic-heterogeneity-of-zika-virus-zikv-outbreaks-in-french-polynesia-and-central-america
#11
Ying-Hen Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission has been reported in 67 countries/territories in the Oceania region and the Americas since 2015, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare ZIKV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016, due to its strong association with medical complications such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). However, a substantial gap in knowledge still exists regarding differing temporal pattern and potential of transmission of ZIKV in different regions of the world...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344649/overexpression-of-a-domain-of-unknown-function-266-containing-protein-results-in-high-cellulose-content-reduced-recalcitrance-and-enhanced-plant-growth-in-the-bioenergy-crop-populus
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Yongil Yang, Chang Geun Yoo, Hao-Bo Guo, William Rottmann, Kimberly A Winkeler, Cassandra M Collins, Lee E Gunter, Sara S Jawdy, Xiaohan Yang, Hong Guo, Yunqiao Pu, Arthur J Ragauskas, Gerald A Tuskan, Jin-Gui Chen
BACKGROUND: Domain of Unknown Function 266 (DUF266) is a plant-specific domain. DUF266-containing proteins (DUF266 proteins) have been categorized as 'not classified glycosyltransferases (GTnc)' due to amino acid similarity with GTs. However, little is known about the function of DUF266 proteins. RESULTS: Phylogenetic analysis revealed that DUF266 proteins are only present in the land plants including moss and lycophyte. We report the functional characterization of one member of DUF266 proteins in Populus, PdDUF266A...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344462/effects-of-neuromuscular-training-on-the-rear-foot-angle-kinematics-in-elite-women-field-hockey-players-with-chronic-ankle-instability
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Eunkuk Kim, Hokyung Choi, Jung-Hoon Cha, Jong-Chul Park, Taegyu Kim
The aims of this study were to investigate the ankle position, the changes and persistence of ankle kinematics after neuromuscular training in athletes with chronic ankle instability (CAI). A total of 21 national women's field hockey players participated (CAI = 12, control = 9). Ankle position at heel strike (HS), midstance (MS), and toe touch (TT) in the frontal plane during walking, running and landing were measured using 3D motion analysis. A 6-week neuromuscular training program was undertaken by the CAI group...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343340/a-lake-centric-geospatial-database-to-guide-research-and-inform-management-decisions-in-an-arctic-watershed-in-northern-alaska-experiencing-climate-and-land-use-changes
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Benjamin M Jones, Christopher D Arp, Matthew S Whitman, Debora Nigro, Ingmar Nitze, John Beaver, Anne Gädeke, Callie Zuck, Anna Liljedahl, Ronald Daanen, Eric Torvinen, Stacey Fritz, Guido Grosse
Lakes are dominant and diverse landscape features in the Arctic, but conventional land cover classification schemes typically map them as a single uniform class. Here, we present a detailed lake-centric geospatial database for an Arctic watershed in northern Alaska. We developed a GIS dataset consisting of 4362 lakes that provides information on lake morphometry, hydrologic connectivity, surface area dynamics, surrounding terrestrial ecotypes, and other important conditions describing Arctic lakes. Analyzing the geospatial database relative to fish and bird survey data shows relations to lake depth and hydrologic connectivity, which are being used to guide research and aid in the management of aquatic resources in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska...
March 25, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343237/actogram-analysis-of-free-flying-migratory-birds-new-perspectives-based-on-acceleration-logging
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REVIEW
Johan Bäckman, Arne Andersson, Lykke Pedersen, Sissel Sjöberg, Anders P Tøttrup, Thomas Alerstam
The use of accelerometers has become an important part of biologging techniques for large-sized birds with accelerometer data providing information about flight mode, wing-beat pattern, behaviour and energy expenditure. Such data show that birds using much energy-saving soaring/gliding flight like frigatebirds and swifts can stay airborne without landing for several months. Successful accelerometer studies have recently been conducted also for free-flying small songbirds during their entire annual cycle. Here we review the principles and possibilities for accelerometer studies in bird migration...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342418/dynamics-of-runoff-and-sediment-trapping-performance-of-vegetative-filter-strips-run-on-experiments-and-modeling
#16
Daili Pan, Xiaodong Gao, Miles Dyck, Yaqian Song, Pute Wu, Xining Zhao
Vegetative filter strips (VFSs) are a labor-saving and cost-effective agricultural best management practice to trap water runoff and sediment from the source areas. They also provide forage and/or fuel and are therefore potentially profitable for land owners. VFSs are however a dynamic system: the runoff delivery ratio (RDR) and sediment delivery ratio (SDR) vary with growth stage and vegetation types. The impacts of vegetation characteristics as well as soil physical properties modified by vegetation growth, on the RDR and SDR of VFS were evaluated by a flume experiment...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342154/aluminum-fractionation-in-acidic-soils-and-river-sediments-in-the-upper-mero-basin-galicia-nw-spain
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L Palleiro, C Patinha, M L Rodríguez-Blanco, M M Taboada-Castro, M T Taboada-Castro
This study aims to determine aluminum fractions in the fine earth of acidic soils under different land uses (forest, pasture and cultivation) and in the river bed sediments of the headwater of the Mero River in order to identify and quantify Al-bearing phases to assess Al mobility and potential bioavailability (environmental availability) in the monitoring area. Sequential extraction is used to evaluate the Al partitioning into six fractions operationally defined: soluble/exchangeable/specifically adsorbed, bound to manganese oxides, associated with amorphous compounds, aluminum bound to oxidizable organic matter, associated with crystalline iron oxides, and residual fraction (aluminum within the crystal lattices of minerals)...
March 24, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341915/in-vivo-system-for-analyzing-the-function-of-the-psbp-protein-using-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#18
Taishi Nishimura, Fumihiko Sato, Kentaro Ifuku
The PsbP protein is an extrinsic subunit of photosystem II (PSII) specifically developed in green-plant species including land plants and green algae. The protein-protein interactions involving PsbP and its effect on oxygen evolution have been investigated in vitro using isolated PSII membranes. However, the importance of those interactions needs to be examined at the cellular level. To this end, we developed a system expressing exogenous PsbP in the background of the Chlamydomonas BF25 mutant lacking native PsbP...
March 24, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341673/a-next-generation-sequencing-approach-to-characterize-the-impacts-of-land-based-sources-of-pollution-on-the-microbiota-of-southeast-florida-coral-reefs
#19
Christopher Staley, Thomas Kaiser, Maribeth L Gidley, Ian C Enochs, Paul R Jones, Kelly D Goodwin, Christopher D Sinigalliano, Michael J Sadowsky, Chan Lan Chun
Coral reefs are dynamic ecosystems known for decades to be endangered due, in large part, to anthropogenic impacts from land-based sources of pollution (LBSP). In this study, we utilized an Illumina-based next-generation sequencing approach to characterize prokaryotic and fungal communities from samples collected off the southeast coast of Florida. Water samples from coastal inlet discharges, oceanic outfalls of municipal wastewater treatment plants, treated wastewater effluent before discharge, open ocean samples, and coral tissue samples (mucus and polyps) were characterized to determine relationships between microbial communities in these matrices and those in reef water and coral tissues...
March 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341467/prediction-of-soil-organic-carbon-in-an-intensively-managed-reclamation-zone-of-eastern-china-a-comparison-of-multiple-linear-regressions-and-the-random-forest-model
#20
Huan Zhang, Pengbao Wu, Aijing Yin, Xiaohui Yang, Ming Zhang, Chao Gao
Organic carbon is a key component of soils and plays a fundamental role in soil fertility and climate change. Determining the importance of potential drivers of soil organic carbon (SOC) and thus predicting the distribution of SOC are important for measuring carbon sequestration or emissions. Coastal wetlands are precious land resources that are currently undergoing rapid reclamation in China. The alternations in soil physicochemical conditions caused by reclamation can strongly impact the cycle of organic carbon...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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