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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822933/occurrence-of-vibrio-species-beta-lactam-resistant-vibrio-species-and-indicator-bacteria-in-ballast-and-port-waters-of-a-tropical-harbor
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Charmaine Ng, Shin Giek Goh, Nazanin Saeidi, William A Gerhard, Claudia K Gunsch, Karina Yew Hoong Gin
Ballast water discharges are potential sources for the spread of invasive and pathogenic aquatic organisms. Ballast waters from six ships docked in the Port of Singapore were tested to determine if indictor organisms fell within proposed standards for ballast water discharge according to regulation D-2 of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) guidelines. Vibrio species were cultured on media supplemented with beta-lactam antibiotics to determine the presence of antibiotic resistant Vibrio species in the ballast waters of these vessels...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822320/bio-active-maneonenes-and-isomaneonene-from-the-red-alga-laurencia-obtusa
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Nahed O Bawakid, Walied M Alarif, Ali I Ismail, Mohamed E El-Hefnawy, Khalid O Al-Footy, Sultan S Al-Lihaibi
Three previously undescribed compounds, maneonenes and isomaneonene derivatives; in addition to five known compounds, two cuparene, one chamigrene, and two cis-maneonenes were isolated from the Red Sea red alga Laurencia obtusa. The chemical structures of all unknown metabolites were characterized employing spectroscopic methods and then were further confirmed by single crystal X-ray analysis. Jeddahenyne A has C-5-C-12 etheric linkage and C-13-C-14 carbon-carbon double bond; Jeddahenyne B has in addition to the aforementioned etheric linkage a C-13 carbonyl function and absence of halogenation, unusual features for the maneonenes while 12-debromo-12-methoxy isomaneonene A shows unrecorded methoxylation at C-12...
August 16, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822258/photochemical-oxidation-of-dimethylsulphide-to-dimethylsulphoxide-in-estuarine-and-coastal-waters
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Günther Uher, J Julian Pillans, Angela D Hatton, Robert C Upstill-Goddard
Dimethylsulphide (DMS) photo-oxidation and dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) photoproduction were estimated in 26 laboratory irradiations of coastal samples from NE England (Tyne estuary) and W Scotland (Loch Linnhe and River Nant at Taynuilt). Pseudo-first order rate constants of DMS photo-oxidation (0.038 h(-1) to 0.345 h(-1)) and DMSO photo-production (0.017 h(-1) to 0.283 h(-1)) varied by one order of magnitude and were lowest in the coastal North Sea. Estuarine samples (salinity S < 30) had a mean DMSO yield of 96 ± 16% (n = 14), consistent with 1:1 M conversion via photosensitised oxidation by singlet oxygen...
August 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821782/rapid-dwarfing-of-an-insular-mammal-the-feral-cattle-of-amsterdam-island
#4
Roberto Rozzi, Mark V Lomolino
The island rule describes a graded trend in insular populations of vertebrates from gigantism in small species to dwarfism in large species. The dwarfing of large mammals on islands has been observed both in the present fauna and in the fossil record. Elephants, hippopotami, deer, and other species became dwarfed on islands scattered all over the world, from the Mediterranean Sea to Indonesia, from the Eastern to Western Pacific Ocean, from the Caribbean to Canary Islands. The most rapid and well documented cases of island dwarfing known thus far took place over thousands of years...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821129/characterization-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-a-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-with-unusually-procoagulant-effect-from-sea-cucumber
#5
Mohamed Ben Mansour, Rafik Balti, Véronique Ollivier, Hichem Ben Jannet, Frédéric Chaubet, Raoui Mounir Maaroufi
The fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FuCS) was isolated from the sea cucumber Holothuria polii body wall and then purified by anion exchange chromatography and the structure was characterized by FT-IR and NMR spectroscopy. Anticoagulant activity was measured in plasma by classical anticoagulation tests and the thrombin generation was assessed by calibrated automated thrombography. The results showed that the FuCS obtained at a yield of 4.66% possesses high sulfate content 43% and an average molecular mass of 45...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821061/morphology-and-mechanical-properties-of-poly-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-blends-controlled-with-cellulosic-particles
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Jianxiang Chen, Yuankun Wang, Zeren Yin, Kam C Tam, Defeng Wu
The rigid microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) particles and semi-rigid ethyl cellulose (EC) were used to control phase morphology and mechanical properties of immiscible poly(β-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) blends. The interfacial properties were evaluated by the fiber retraction and contact angle methods MCC is incompatible with PHB and PCL, and dispersed independently in the two polymer phases in their blends. However, EC is more compatible with the two polymers, with a higher affinity for PCL...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820979/data-driven-analysis-of-nutrient-inputs-and-transfers-through-nested-catchments
#7
Lea Levi, Vladimir Cvetkovic, Georgia Destouni
A data-driven screening methodology is developed for estimating nutrient input and retention-delivery in catchments with measured water discharges and nutrient concentrations along the river network. The methodology is applied to the Sava River Catchment (SRC), a major transboundary catchment in southeast Europe, with seven monitoring stations along the main river, defining seven nested catchments and seven incremental subcatchments that are analysed and compared in this study. For the relatively large nested catchments (>40,000km(2)), characteristic regional values emerge for nutrient input per unit area of around 30T/yr/km(2) for dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) and 2T/yr/km(2) for total phosphorus (TP)...
August 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820948/prevalence-and-expression-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-genes-in-i-staphylococcus-aureus-i-isolated-from-food-poisoning-outbreaks
#8
Caroline Peixoto Bastos, Milena Tomasi Bassani, Marcia Magalhães Mata, Graciela Volz Lopes, Wladimir Padilha Silva
<i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> is an important pathogen of foodborne origin. The pathogen produces a variety of toxins that includes the staphylococcal enterotoxin (SE). The present study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and expression of five SE genes (<i>sea</i>, <i>seb</i>, <i>sec</i>, <i>sed</i>, and <i>see</i>) in <i>S. aureus</i> isolated from outbreaks occurred in the Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil. All isolates, with the exception of two, presented the same or higher transcriptional expression than the reference strains for at least one of these genes...
August 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820113/blastomonas-marina-sp-nov-a-bacteriochlorophyll-containing-bacterium-isolated-from-seawater
#9
Yu-Chen Meng, Hong-Can Liu, Ying-Qian Kang, Yu-Guang Zhou, Man Cai
A Gram-stain-negative, facultatively anaerobic, dark-yellow-pigmented bacterium, named SSR2A-4-2T, was isolated from coastal water in the East China Sea. Cells were ovoid or short rods with peritrichous flagella and contained carotenoid in addition to bacteriochlorophyll a pigment. A phylogenetic dendrogram based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain SSR2A-4-2T formed a distinct clade with members of the genus Blastomonas, with Blastomonasnatatoria EY 4220T (=DSM 3183T) (similarity 95.6 %), Blastomonasursincola KR-99T (=DSM 9006T) (95...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820110/flavivirga-eckloniae-sp-nov-and-flavivirga-aquimarina-sp-nov-isolated-from-seaweed-ecklonia-cava
#10
Ji Hee Lee, Joo Won Kang, Han Na Choe, Chi Nam Seong
Two Gram-stain-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped, aerobic and yellow-coloured bacterial strains, designated strains ECD14T and EC2D5T, were isolated from a seaweed Eckloniacava. The isolates required sea salts for growth. Flexirubin-type and carotenoid pigment was produced. The 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity between the two new strains was 95.5 %. Flavivirga amylovorans JC2681T was the nearest neighbour of strains ECD14T and EC2D5T with 96.5 and 96.8 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity, respectively...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820102/umboniibacter-caenipelagi-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-tidal-flat
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Sooyeon Park, Su Jung Choi, Ji-Min Park, Jung-Hoon Yoon
A Gram-stain-negative, non-motile, aerobic and ovoid or rod-shaped bacterium, designated SCTF-16T, was isolated from a tidal flat on the Yellow Sea, South Korea. Strain SCTF-16T grew optimally at 30 °C, at pH 7.0-7.5 and in the presence of 2.0 % (w/v) NaCl. In the neighbour-joining, maximum-likelihood and maximum-parsimony phylogenetic trees based on 16S rRNA gene sequences, strain SCTF-16T clustered with the type strains of two species of the genus Umboniibacter. Strain SCTF-16T exhibited 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities of 99...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819995/the-effect-of-different-fish-feed-compositions-on-%C3%AE-13-c-and-%C3%AE-15-n-signatures-of-sea-bass-and-its-potential-value-for-tracking-mariculture-derived-nutrients
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Henrik Kusche, Nicola Hillgruber, Yvonne Rößner, Ulfert Focken
Increasing demand for fish and seafood calls for an expansion of aquaculture production. At the same time, the status of the marine environment must not be jeopardised. Stable isotopes are potential markers for tracking feed-based nutrient flows from aquaculture into marine biota. Here, we demonstrate how four experimental diets (main protein components: fishmeal, soya protein concentrate, wheat gluten, and Jatropha kernel meal) and a commercial diet induce characteristic δ(13)C and δ(15)N signals in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) during nine weeks of laboratory feeding under replicate conditions...
August 18, 2017: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819268/heterogenous-oceanic-redox-conditions-through-the-ediacaran-cambrian-boundary-limited-the-metazoan-zonation
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Junpeng Zhang, Tailiang Fan, Yuandong Zhang, Gary G Lash, Yifan Li, Yue Wu
Recent studies have enhanced our understanding of the linkage of oxygenation and metazoan evolution in Early Cambrian time. However, little of this work has addressed the apparent lag of animal diversification and atmospheric oxygenation during this critical period of Earth history. This study utilizes the geochemical proxy and N isotope record of the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary preserved in intra-shelf basin, slope, and slope basin deposits of the Yangtze Sea to assess the ocean redox state during the Early Cambrian metazoan radiation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819264/microplastics-in-spanish-table-salt
#14
Maria E Iñiguez, Juan A Conesa, Andres Fullana
Marine debris is widely recognized as a global environmental problem. One of its main components, microplastics, has been found in several sea salt samples from different countries, indicating that sea products are irremediably contaminated by microplastics. Previous studies show very confusing results, reporting amounts of microparticles (MPs) in salt ranging from zero to 680 MPs/kg, with no mention of the possible causes of such differences. Several errors in the experimental procedures used were found and are reported in the present work...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819173/disentangling-the-coupling-between-sea-ice-and-tundra-productivity-in-svalbard
#15
Marc Macias-Fauria, Stein Rune Karlsen, Bruce C Forbes
The rapid decline in Arctic sea ice poses urgent questions concerning its ecological effects, such as on tundra terrestrial productivity. However, reported sea ice/terrestrial productivity linkages have seldom been constrained, and the mechanism governing them remains elusive, with a diversity of spatial scales and metrics proposed, at times in contradiction to each other. In this study, we use spatially explicit remotely sensed sea ice concentration and high-resolution terrestrial productivity estimates (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index, NDVI) across the Svalbard Archipelago to describe local/sub-regional and large-scale components of sea ice/terrestrial productivity coupling...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818999/short-term-arrival-strategies-for-endurance-exercise-performance-at-moderate-altitude
#16
Joshua L Foss, Keren Constantini, Timothy D Mickleborough, Robert F Chapman
For sea level-based endurance athletes who compete at moderate and high altitudes, many are not logistically able to arrive at altitude weeks prior to the event to fully acclimatize. For those who can only arrive at altitude the night before competition, we asked if there is a physiological and performance advantage in reducing altitude exposure time to two hours prior to competition. On three separate visits, ten cyclists completed overnight laboratory exposures of: 1) a 14-hour exposure to normobaric hypoxia (16...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818815/mercury-concentrations-in-china-s-coastal-waters-and-implications-for-fish-consumption-by-vulnerable-populations
#17
Yindong Tong, Mengzhu Wang, Xiaoge Bu, Xin Guo, Yan Lin, Huiming Lin, Jing Li, Wei Zhang, Xuejun Wang
We assessed mercury (Hg) pollution in China's coastal waters, including the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea, based on a nationwide dataset from 301 sampling sites. A methylmercury (MeHg) intake model for humans based on the marine food chain and human fish consumption was established to determine the linkage between water pollutants and the pollutant intake by humans. The predicted MeHg concentration in fish from the Bohai Sea was the highest among the four seas included in the study...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818604/newly-discovered-seagrass-beds-and-their-potential-for-blue-carbon-in-the-coastal-seas-of-hainan-island-south-china-sea
#18
Zhijian Jiang, Songlin Liu, Jingping Zhang, Chunyu Zhao, Yunchao Wu, Shuo Yu, Xia Zhang, Chi Huang, Xiaoping Huang, Manoj Kumar
Eight new seagrass beds were discovered along the coastline of Hainan Island in South China Sea with an area of 203.64ha. The leaf N content of all seagrasses was above the median value, indicative of N limitation, with their C:N ratio recorded significantly lower than the limiting criteria. This suggested that N is not limiting but in replete status. Further, the lower C content observed in the seagrass leaves was accompanied by higher nutrient concentration. The mean seagrass biomass C was 0.23±0.16MgCha(-1), while the average sediment organic carbon (SOC) stock was 7...
August 14, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817569/long-term-assessment-of-whale-shark-population-demography-and-connectivity-using-photo-identification-in-the-western-atlantic-ocean
#19
Jennifer A McKinney, Eric R Hoffmayer, Jason Holmberg, Rachel T Graham, William B Driggers, Rafael de la Parra-Venegas, Beatriz E Galván-Pastoriza, Steve Fox, Simon J Pierce, Alistair D M Dove
The predictable occurrence of whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, has been well documented in several areas. However, information relating to their migratory patterns, residency times and connectivity across broad spatial scales is limited. In the present study photo-identification data is used to describe whale shark population structure and connectivity among known aggregation sites within the Western Central Atlantic Ocean (WCA). From 1999 to 2015, 1,361 individuals were identified from four distinct areas: the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (n = 1,115); Honduras (n = 146); northern Gulf of Mexico, United States (n = 112), and Belize (n = 49)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817121/meganuclease-assisted-generation-of-stable-transgenics-in-the-sea-anemone-nematostella-vectensis
#20
Eduard Renfer, Ulrich Technau
The sea anemone Nematostella vectensis is a model system used by a rapidly growing research community for comparative genomics, developmental biology and ecology. Here, we describe a microinjection procedure for creating stable transgenic lines in Nematostella based on meganuclease (I-SceI)-assisted integration of a transgenic cassette into the genome. The procedure describes the preparation of the reagents, microinjection of the transgenesis vector and the husbandry of transgenic animals. The microinjection setup differs from those of previously published protocols by the use of a holding capillary mounted on an inverted fluorescence microscope...
September 2017: Nature Protocols
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