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Omar Santana-Méridas, Azucena González-Coloma, Maria Fe Andrés, Veroniki P Vidali, Moschos G Polissiou, Athanasios C Kimbaris
Essential oils from Greek Mentha species showed different chemical compositions for two populations of M. pulegium, characterized by piperitone and pulegone. M. spicata essential oil was characterized by endocyclic piperitenone epoxide, piperitone epoxide, and carvone. The bioactivities of these essential oils and their components have been tested against insect pests (Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Spodoptera littoralis and Myzus persicae), root-knot nematodes (Meloydogine javanica) and plants (Lactuca sativa, Lolium perenne, Solanum lycopersicum)...
October 21, 2016: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Maria Alexandra Bighiu, Ann-Kristin Eriksson-Wiklund, Britta Eklund
The release of harmful metals from antifouling paints to water bodies is a well-known problem. In this study, we measured both the amount of biofouling growth on leisure boats during one season as well as the concentration of metals accumulated by the biofouling matrix. Furthermore, the efficiency of antifouling paints and mechanical boat cleaning as well as the effect of hull colour on biofouling were evaluated. Unlike paint residues, biofouling waste has never been regarded as a source of metal contamination and has previously been neglected in the scientific literature...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Manuel Wohde, Silvia Berkner, Thomas Junker, Sabine Konradi, Lisa Schwarz, Rolf-Alexander Düring
The spread of veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) and biocides via manure onto agriculturally used areas represents a very important emission into the environment for these product groups. Within this literature study, publicly available transformation studies with liquid manure are summarized. Transformation studies were evaluated regarding the transformation fate of tested substances, the origin and characteristics of used manure, the experimental setup, and the measured parameters. As main topics within the 42 evaluated transformation studies, the high dependency of transformation on temperature, redox potential, dry matter content, and other parameters is reported...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Ting Wei, Wenjun Zhan, Limin Cao, Changming Hu, Yangcui Qu, Qian Yu, Hong Chen
Development of a versatile strategy for antibacterial surfaces is of great scientific interest and practical significance. However, few methods can be used to fabricate antibacterial surfaces on substrates of different chemistries and structures. In addition, traditional antibacterial surfaces may suffer problems related to the attached dead bacteria. Herein, antibacterial surfaces with multifunctionality and regenerability are fabricated by a universal strategy. Various substrates are firstly deposited with multilayered films containing guest moieties, which further serve as binding sites for incorporation of biocidal "host" molecules, β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) derivatives modified with quaternary ammonium salt groups (CD-QAS)...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Carol Stewart, Nick D Kim, David M Johnston, Mostafa Nayyerloo
The greater Wellington region, New Zealand, is highly vulnerable to large earthquakes because it is cut by active faults. Bulk water supply pipelines cross the Wellington Fault at several different locations, and there is considerable concern about severe disruption of the provision of reticulated water supplies to households and businesses in the aftermath of a large earthquake. A number of policy initiatives have been launched encouraging householders to install rainwater tanks to increase post-disaster resilience...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Ute Schoknecht, Helena Mathies, Robby Wegner
BACKGROUND: Biocidal products can be sources of active substances in surface waters caused by weathering of treated articles. Marketing and use of biocidal products can be limited according to the European Biocidal Products Regulation if unacceptable risks to the environment are expected. Leaching of active substances from treated articles was observed in field experiments to obtain information on leaching processes and investigate the suitability of a proposed test method. RESULTS: Leaching under weathering conditions proceeds discontinuously and tends to decrease with duration of exposure...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Anatoliy Kubyshkin, Denis Chegodar, Andrew Katsev, Armen Petrosyan, Yuri Krivorutchenko, Olga Postnikova
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of nanosilver particles in solution stabilized in a matrix of sodium alginate on the growth and development of pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Enterobacter cloacae, the antibiotic-resistant strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans, and the luminescent bacteria Photobacterium leiognathi Sh1. METHODS: Isolates of pathogenic bacteria obtained from bronchoalveolar and peritoneal lavage samples from Wistar rats with experimental pneumonia and peritonitis were tested for their susceptibility to silver nanoparticles in solution with an alginate stabilizer...
2016: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Journal
Ha Ryong Kim, Da Young Shin, Kyu Hyuck Chung
Polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) is a member of the polymeric guanidine family, which is used as a biocide and preservative in industrial, medicinal, and consumer products. Some studies reported that polyhexamethylene guanidine phosphate, which is also a member of the guanidine family, induced severe inflammation and fibrosis in the lungs. However, limited studies have evaluated the pulmonary toxicity of PHMB associated with inflammatory responses. The aim of this study was to elucidate the inflammatory responses and its mechanisms induced by PHMB in lung cells...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
William T Stringfellow, Mary Kay Camarillo, Jeremy K Domen, Whitney L Sandelin, Charuleka Varadharajan, Preston D Jordan, Matthew T Reagan, Heather Cooley, Matthew G Heberger, Jens T Birkholzer
Chemical additives used for hydraulic fracturing and matrix acidizing of oil reservoirs were reviewed and priority chemicals of concern needing further environmental risk assessment, treatment demonstration, or evaluation of occupational hazards were identified. We evaluated chemical additives used for well stimulation in California, the third largest oil producing state in the USA, by the mass and frequency of use, as well as toxicity. The most frequently used chemical additives in oil development were gelling agents, cross-linkers, breakers, clay control agents, iron and scale control agents, corrosion inhibitors, biocides, and various impurities and product stabilizers used as part of commercial mixtures...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Pollution
N Milanesi, G Bartolini, S Francalanci, M Gola
Dimethyl fumarate (DMF), the methyl ester form of fumaric acid (DMF) is an effective mold-growth inhibitor. It has a wide-spectrum biocide activity and has been used to protect leather during storage and transport. DMF was first identified as a potent contact sensitizer during a contact dermatitis outbreak that occurred because of its use in Chinese manufactured furniture (1,2). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 14, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Trudy M Wassenaar, David W Ussery, Hanne Ingmer
Resistance of Staphylococcus species to quaternary ammonium compounds, frequently used as disinfectants and biocides, can be attributed to qac genes. Most qac gene products belong to the Small Multidrug Resistant (SMR) protein family, and are often encoded by rolling-circle (RC) replicating plasmids. Four classes of SMR-type qac gene families have been described in Staphylococcus species: qacC, qacG, qacJ, and qacH. Within their class, these genes are highly conserved, but qacC genes are extremely conserved, although they are found in variable plasmid backgrounds...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Chandan Pal, Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Erik Kristiansson, D G Joakim Larsson
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) are widespread but cause problems only when present in pathogens. Environments where selection and transmission of antibiotic resistance frequently take place are likely to be characterized by high abundance and diversity of horizontally transferable ARGs. Large-scale quantitative data on ARGs is, however, lacking for most types of environments, including humans and animals, as is data on resistance genes to potential co-selective agents, such as biocides and metals...
October 7, 2016: Microbiome
Ana-Paula-Rodrigues Magalhães, Francine-Couto-Lima Moreira, Denise-Ramos-Silveira Alves, Cyntia-Rodrigues-Araújo Estrela, Carlos Estrela, Marcus-Santos Carrião, Andris-Figueiroa Bakuzis, Lawrence-Gonzaga Lopes
BACKGROUND: Silver has a long history of use in medicine as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Silver nanoparticles (NAg) offer the possibility to control the formation oral biofilms through the use of nanoparticles with biocidal, anti-adhesive, and delivery abilities. This study aims to evaluate the antibacterial effect of resin luting cements with and without NAg, and their influence on color, sorption and solubility. MATERIAL AND METHODS: NAg were incorporated to two dual-cured resin cements (RelyX ARC (RA) color A1 and RelyX U200 (RU) color A2) in two concentrations (0...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
Ang Li, Qian-Yuan Wu, Gui-Peng Tian, Hong-Ying Hu
Methylisothiazolone (MIT) is a common biocide that is widely used in water-desalination reverse-osmosis processes. The transformation of MIT during water treatment processes is poorly understood. The kinetics and mechanisms involved in the degradation of MIT during ozonation were investigated in this study. Ozonation was found to be a useful way of degrading MIT in water, and the degradation rate constant was 0.11 (±0.1) × 10(3) L/(mol·s). The degradation rate constant did not change when the pH was increased from 3 to 9...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Lin Li, Wei Ma, Xiaoli Cheng, Xuehong Ren, Zhiwei Xie, Jie Liang
As one of the most powerful biocides, N-halamine based antimicrobial materials have attracted much interest due to their non-toxicity, rechargeability, and rapid inactivation against a broad range of microorganisms. In this study, novel titanium dioxide-ADMH core-shell nanoparticles [TiO2@poly (ADMH-co-MMA) NPs] were prepared via miniemulsion polymerization using 3-allyl-5,5-dimethylhydantoin (ADMH) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) with nano-TiO2. The produced nanoparticles were characterized by FT-IR, TEM, TGA, and XPS...
September 22, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Nejla Hechmi, Luciano Bosso, Leila El-Bassi, Rosalia Scelza, Antonino Testa, Naceur Jedidi, Maria A Rao
Pentachlorophenol (PCP) is a toxic compound which is widely used as a wood preservative product and general biocide. It is persistent in the environment and has been classified as a persistent organic pollutant to be reclaimed in many countries. Fungal bioremediation is an emerging approach to rehabilitating areas fouled by recalcitrant xenobiotics. In the present study, we isolated two fungal strains from an artificially PCP-contaminated soil during a long-term bioremediation study and evaluated their potential as bioremediation agents in depletion and detoxification of PCP in soil microcosms...
December 2016: Chemosphere
Y Yang, M Kitajima, T P T Pham, L Yu, R Ling, K Y H Gin, M Reinhard
Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is widely used in water treatment for biofouling control and, in conjunction with catalysts, as a powerful oxidant for contaminant destruction. H2 O2 could potentially serve as an anti-fouling agent in reverse osmosis systems in lieu of chlorine-based disinfectants. The dependence of the biocidal efficiency of H2 O2 on cell density, temperature and H2 O2 concentration by determining the growth, attachment and viability of the model bacterium P. aeruginosa PAO1 was studied. For controlling growth of planktonic PAO1 cells, the minimally required H2 O2 concentration depends on the cell density and temperature...
September 28, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Signe M Nielsen, Niels Nørskov-Lauritsen, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Rikke L Meyer
Achromobacter species have attracted attention as emerging pathogens in cystic fibrosis. The clinical significance of Achromobacter infection is not yet fully elucidated; however, their intrinsic resistance to antimicrobials and ability to form biofilms renders them capable of establishing long-term chronic infections. Still, many aspects of Achromobacter biofilm formation remain uncharacterized. In this study, we characterized biofilm formation in clinical isolates of Achromobacter and investigated the effect of challenging the biofilm with antimicrobials and/or enzymes targeting the extracellular matrix...
September 14, 2016: Microorganisms
Yang Si, Andrea Cossu, Nitin Nitin, Yue Ma, Cunyi Zhao, Bor-Sen Chiou, Trung Cao, Dong Wang, Gang Sun
Antimicrobial polymeric films that are both mechanically robust and function renewable would have broad technological implications for areas ranging from medical safety and bioengineering to foods industry; however, creating such materials has proven extremely challenging. Here, a novel strategy is reported to create high-strength N-halamine incorporated poly(vinyl alcohol-co-ethylene) films (HAF films) with renewable antimicrobial activity by combining melt radical graft polymerization and reactive extrusion technique...
September 28, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Mi Zhou, Mei Feng, Ling-Ling Fu, Lin-Dan Ji, Jin-Shun Zhao, Jin Xu
Tributyltin (TBT) is one of the most widely used organotin biocides, which has severe endocrine-disrupting effects on marine species and mammals. Given that TBT accumulates at higher levels in the liver than in any other organ, and it acts mainly as a hepatotoxic agent, it is important to clearly delineate the hepatotoxicity of TBT. However, most of the available studies on TBT have focused on observations at the cellular level, while studies at the level of genes and proteins are limited; therefore, the molecular mechanisms of TBT-induced hepatotoxicity remains largely unclear...
September 24, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
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