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REVIEW
Andrew Barrick, Amélie Châtel, Mélanie Bruneau, Catherine Mouneyrac
The field of environmental toxicology developed as a result of growing concerns about anthropogenic influences on the environment and how to ameliorate ecological impact. Many governmental bodies are beginning to emphasize prevention rather than mitigation when addressing novel products, leading to more of a focus on identifying potential toxicity prior to release. With the exponential advances in their development and sale, novel metamaterials and biotechnology are set to dramatically outpace the capabilities of current testing strategies...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440928/microplastics-as-contaminants-in-commercially-important-seafood-species
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David Santillo, Kathryn Miller, Paul Johnston
The ingestion of microplastic fragments, spheres, and fibers by marine mollusks, crustaceans, and fish, including a number of commercially important species, appears to be a widespread and pervasive phenomenon. Evidence is also growing for direct impacts of microplastic ingestion on physiology, reproductive success and survival of exposed marine organisms, and transfer through food webs, although the ecological implications are not yet known. Concerns also remain over the capacity for microplastics to act as vectors for harmful chemical pollutants, including plastic additives and persistent organic pollutants, although their contribution must be evaluated alongside other known sources...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439871/application-of-chemical-genomics-to-plant-bacteria-communication-a-high-throughput-system-to-identify-novel-molecules-modulating-the-induction-of-bacterial-virulence-genes-by-plant-signals
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Elodie Vandelle, Maria Rita Puttilli, Andrea Chini, Giulia Devescovi, Vittorio Venturi, Annalisa Polverari
The life cycle of bacterial phytopathogens consists of a benign epiphytic phase, during which the bacteria grow in the soil or on the plant surface, and a virulent endophytic phase involving the penetration of host defenses and the colonization of plant tissues. Innovative strategies are urgently required to integrate copper treatments that control the epiphytic phase with complementary tools that control the virulent endophytic phase, thus reducing the quantity of chemicals applied to economically and ecologically acceptable levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437646/combined-effects-of-climate-restoration-measures-and-slope-position-in-change-in-soil-chemical-properties-and-nutrient-loss-across-lands-affected-by-the-wenchuan-earthquake-in-china
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Yongming Lin, Haojun Deng, Kun Du, Loretta Rafay, Guang-Shuai Zhang, Jian Li, Can Chen, Chengzhen Wu, Han Lin, Wei Yu, Hailan Fan, Yonggang Ge
The MS 8.0Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008 caused huge damage to land cover in the northwest of China's Sichuan province. In order to determine the nutrient loss and short term characteristics of change in soil chemical properties, we established an experiment with three treatments ('undestroyed', 'destroyed and treated', and 'destroyed and untreated'), two climate types (semi-arid hot climate and subtropical monsoon climate), and three slope positions (upslope, mid-slope, and bottom-slope) in 2011. Ten soil properties-including pH, organic carbon, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, total potassium, Ca(2+), Mg(2+), alkaline hydrolysable nitrogen, available phosphorus, and available potassium-were measured in surface soil samples in December 2014...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436825/integrated-ecological-and-chemical-food-web-accumulation-modeling-explains-pah-temporal-trends-during-regime-shifts-in-a-shallow-lake
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Xiangzhen Kong, Wei He, Ning Qin, Wenxiu Liu, Bin Yang, Chen Yang, Fuliu Xu, Wolf M Mooij, Albert A Koelmans
Shallow lakes can switch suddenly from a turbid situation with high concentrations of phytoplankton and other suspended solids to a vegetated state with clear water, and vice versa. These alternative stable states may have a substantial impact on the fate of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs). Models that are fit to simulate impacts from these complex interactions are scarce. We developed a contaminant fate model which is linked to an ecosystem model (PCLake) for shallow lakes. This integrated model was successful in simulating long-term dynamics (1953-2012) of representative polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the main biotic and abiotic components in a large shallow lake (Chaohu in China), which has undergone regime shifts in this period...
April 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431762/effects-of-a-common-insecticide-on-wetland-communities-with-varying-quality-of-leaf-litter-inputs
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A B Stoler, B M Mattes, W D Hintz, D K Jones, L Lind, M S Schuler, R A Relyea
Chemical contamination of aquatic systems often co-occurs with dramatic changes in surrounding terrestrial vegetation. Plant leaf litter serves as a crucial resource input to many freshwater systems, and changes in litter species composition can alter the attributes of freshwater communities. However, little is known how variation in litter inputs interacts with chemical contaminants. We investigated the ecological effects resulting from changes in tree leaf litter inputs to freshwater communities, and how those changes might interact with the timing of insecticide contamination...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431346/caged-gammarus-as-biomonitors-identifying-thresholds-of-toxic-metal-bioavailability-that-affect-gammarid-densities-at-the-french-national-scale
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Alexandre Ciliberti, Arnaud Chaumot, Rémi Recoura-Massaquant, André Chandesris, Adeline François, Marina Coquery, Martial Ferréol, Olivier Geffard
Bioaccumulated concentrations of toxic elements in biomonitor invertebrate species have already been used to successfully link metal bioavailability and impairments of stream macroinvertebrate communities at the scale of the watershed. However, implementing this empirical comparative approach at a greater spatial scale remains a challenge due to the diversity of biogeographical contexts encompassed by regional and national scales. We showed in previous studies that the use of standard organisms caged permits the use of a common biomonitor over a far greater geographical range, while limiting the influence of confounding factors on levels of bioavailable contamination...
April 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430813/phytoplankton-blooms-during-austral-summer-in-the-ross-sea-antarctica-driving-factors-and-trophic-implications
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Olga Mangoni, Vincenzo Saggiomo, Francesco Bolinesi, Francesca Margiotta, Giorgio Budillon, Yuri Cotroneo, Cristina Misic, Paola Rivaro, Maria Saggiomo
During the austral summer of 2014, an oceanographic cruise was conducted in the Ross Sea in the framework of the RoME (Ross Sea Mesoscale Experiment) Project. Forty-three hydrological stations were sampled within three different areas: the northern Ross Sea (RoME 1), Terra Nova Bay (RoME 2), and the southern Ross Sea (RoME 3). The ecological and photophysiological characteristics of the phytoplankton were investigated (i.e., size structure, functional groups, PSII maximum quantum efficiency, photoprotective pigments), as related to hydrographic and chemical features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428845/global-pattern-of-plant-utilization-across-different-organisms-does-plant-apparency-or-plant-phylogeny-matter
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Xiaohua Dai, Wei Zhang, Jiasheng Xu, Kevin J Duffy, Qingyun Guo
The present study is the first to consider human and nonhuman consumers together to reveal several general patterns of plant utilization. We provide evidence that at a global scale, plant apparency and phylogenetic isolation can be important predictors of plant utilization and consumer diversity. Using the number of species or genera or the distribution area of each plant family as the island "area" and the minimum phylogenetic distance to common plant families as the island "distance", we fitted presence-area relationships and presence-distance relationships with a binomial GLM (generalized linear model) with a logit link...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427994/global-dynamics-in-a-stoichiometric-food-chain-model-with-two-limiting-nutrients
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Ming Chen, Meng Fan, Yang Kuang
Ecological stoichiometry studies the balance of energy and multiple chemical elements in ecological interactions to establish how the nutrient content affect food-web dynamics and nutrient cycling in ecosystems. In this study, we formulate a food chain with two limiting nutrients in the form of a stoichiometric population model. A comprehensive global analysis of the rich dynamics of the targeted model is explored both analytically and numerically. Chaotic dynamic is observed in this simple stoichiometric food chain model and is compared with traditional model without stoichiometry...
April 18, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425529/influence-of-cations-in-lithium-and-magnesium-polysulphide-solutions-dependence-of-the-solvent-chemistry
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Georg Bieker, Julia Wellmann, Martin Kolek, Kirsi Jalkanen, Martin Winter, Peter Bieker
In order to gain a deeper understanding of Li and Mg polysulphides in Li/S and Mg/S batteries, respectively, this work investigates the impact of the two different cations as well as the influence of the electrolyte solvents' relative dielectric permittivity and Gutmann's donor number on the solubility and relative stability of different Li and Mg polysulphide species. Therefore, the disproportionation and dissociation equilibria of chemically prepared "Li2S8" and "MgS8" solutions in DMSO, DMF, ACN, THF, DME, TEGDME, and Pyr14TFSI are characterized by UV/Vis spectroscopy...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425044/systematic-review-for-geo-authentic-lonicerae-japonicae-flos
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REVIEW
Xingyue Yang, Yali Liu, Aijuan Hou, Yang Yang, Xin Tian, Liyun He
In traditional Chinese medicine, Lonicerae Japonicae Flos is commonly used as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antipyretic herbal medicine, and geo-authentic herbs are believed to present the highest quality among all samples from different regions. To discuss the current situation and trend of geo-authentic Lonicerae Japonicae Flos, we searched Chinese Biomedicine Literature Database, Chinese Journal Full-text Database, Chinese Scientific Journal Full-text Database, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Wanfang, and PubMed...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424673/genome-scale-reconstruction-of-the-metabolic-network-in-oenococcus-oeni-to-assess-wine-malolactic-fermentation
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Sebastián N Mendoza, Pablo M Cañón, Ángela Contreras, Magdalena Ribbeck, Eduardo Agosín
Oenococcus oeni is the main responsible agent for malolactic fermentation in wine, an unpredictable and erratic process in winemaking. To address this, we have constructed and exhaustively curated the first genome-scale metabolic model of Oenococcus oeni, comprising 660 reactions, 536 metabolites and 454 genes. In silico experiments revealed that nutritional requirements are predicted with an accuracy of 93%, while 14 amino acids were found to be essential for the growth of this bacterial species. When the model was applied to determine the non-growth associated maintenance, results showed that O...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424662/untangling-genomes-of-novel-planctomycetal-and-verrucomicrobial-species-from-monterey-bay-kelp-forest-metagenomes-by-refined-binning
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John Vollmers, Martinique Frentrup, Patrick Rast, Christian Jogler, Anne-Kristin Kaster
The kelp forest of the Pacific temperate rocky marine coastline of Monterey Bay in California is a dominant habitat for large brown macro-algae in the order of Laminariales. It is probably one of the most species-rich, structurally complex and productive ecosystems in temperate waters and well-studied in terms of trophic ecology. However, still little is known about the microorganisms thriving in this habitat. A growing body of evidence suggests that bacteria associated with macro-algae represent a huge and largely untapped resource of natural products with chemical structures that have been optimized by evolution for biological and ecological purposes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422148/chemical-and-bioactive-profiling-and-biological-activities-of-coral-fungi-from-northwestern-himalayas
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Sapan Kumar Sharma, Nandini Gautam
Ramaria Fr. and Clavaria L. are the two major genera of coral mushrooms within families Gomphaceae and Clavariaceae, respectively. Besides having important role in forest ecology, some species of these are reported to possess high nutraceutical and bioactive potential. There is a hidden diversity of coral mushrooms in Northwestern Himalayas. Present studies describe the detailed biochemical profiling and antioxidant, and antibacterial activities of twelve coral mushroom species. Biochemical profiling of nutrients and nutraceuticals was done with standard techniques and by using HPLC, UPLC and GC...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413244/agricultural-intensification-the-status-in-six-african-countries
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Hans P Binswanger-Mkhize, Sara Savastano
Boserup and Ruthenberg (BR) provided the framework to analyze the impact of population growth and market access on the intensification of farming systems. Prior evidence in Africa is consistent with the framework. Over the past two decades, rapid population growth has put farming systems under stress, while rapid urbanization and economic growth have provided new market opportunities. New measures of agro-ecological potential and urban gravity are developed to analyze their impact on population density and market access...
February 2017: Food Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412962/prospects-for-malaria-control-through-manipulation-of-mosquito-larval-habitats-and-olfactory-mediated-behavioural-responses-using-plant-derived-compounds
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REVIEW
Jackson M Muema, Joel L Bargul, Sospeter N Njeru, Joab O Onyango, Susan S Imbahale
Malaria presents an overwhelming public health challenge, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where vector favourable conditions and poverty prevail, potentiating the disease burden. Behavioural variability of malaria vectors poses a great challenge to existing vector control programmes with insecticide resistance already acquired to nearly all available chemical compounds. Thus, approaches incorporating plant-derived compounds to manipulate semiochemical-mediated behaviours through disruption of mosquito olfactory sensory system have considerably gained interests to interrupt malaria transmission cycle...
April 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411469/primary-hepatocytes-from-arctic-char-salvelinus-alpinus-as-a-relevant-arctic-in-vitro-model-for-screening-contaminants-and-environmental-extracts
#18
Karina Petersen, Maria T Hultman, Knut Erik Tollefsen
Contaminants find their way to the Arctic through long-range atmospheric transport, transport via ocean currents, and through increased anthropogenic activity. Some of the typical pollutants reaching the Arctic (PAHs, PCBs) are known to induce cytochrome P450 1a (CYP1A) protein expression and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activity through the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). In addition, some endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as estrogen mimics (xenoestrogens) have been documented in Arctic areas and they may interfere with natural sexual development and reproduction...
April 2, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407480/the-landscape-ecology-and-microbiota-of-the-human-nose-mouth-and-throat
#19
REVIEW
Diana M Proctor, David A Relman
Landscape ecology examines the relationships between the spatial arrangement of different landforms and the processes that give rise to spatial and temporal patterns in local community structure. The spatial ecology of the microbial communities that inhabit the human body-in particular, those of the nose, mouth, and throat-deserves greater attention. Important questions include what defines the size of a population (i.e., "patch") in a given body site, what defines the boundaries of distinct patches within a single body site, and where and over what spatial scales within a body site are gradients detected...
April 12, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406515/integration-of-community-structure-data-reveals-observable-effects-below-sediment-guideline-thresholds-in-a-large-estuary
#20
Louis A Tremblay, Dana Clark, Jim Sinner, Joanne I Ellis
The sustainable management of estuarine and coastal ecosystems requires robust frameworks due to the presence of multiple physical and chemical stressors. In this study, we assessed whether ecological health decline, based on community structure composition changes along a pollution gradient, occurred at levels below guideline threshold values for copper, zinc and lead. Canonical analysis of principal coordinates (CAP) was used to characterise benthic communities along a metal contamination gradient. The analysis revealed changes in benthic community distribution at levels below the individual guideline values for the three metals...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
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