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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454035/occurrence-and-genetic-diversity-of-cryptosporidium-and-giardia-in-urban-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-north-eastern-spain
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Ana Ramo, Emilio Del Cacho, Caridad Sánchez-Acedo, Joaquín Quílez
This study was designed to investigate the presence and removal efficiency of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in wastewater treatment plants at the 20 most populated towns in Aragón (north-eastern Spain). Samples of influent and effluent wastewater and dewatered sewage sludge were collected seasonally from 23 plants and processed according to USEPA Method 1623. All samples from raw and treated wastewater tested positive for Giardia, at an average concentration of 3247±2039cysts/l and 50±28cysts/l, respectively...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454030/pesticide-impact-study-in-the-peri-urban-horticultural-area-of-gran-la-plata-argentina
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Tomás M Mac Loughlin, Leticia Peluso, Damián J G Marino
Vegetable production systems are characterized by intense pesticide use, yet the effects on the surrounding environment are largely unknown and need to be studied. Given this knowledge gap, the objective of this work is to determine the impact of horticulture on a representative watercourse by conducting an integrated study of the occurrence and concentration of pesticides in bottom sediments and their relation to lethal and sublethal effects on benthic fauna. Two sampling campaigns were conducted during seasons of low and high pesticide application in five sites along the Carnaval creek, located in the peri-urban area of La Plata City (Buenos Aires, Argentina)...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454029/aerosol-contributions-at-an-urban-background-site-in-eastern-mediterranean-potential-source-regions-of-pahs-in-pm10-mass
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Konstantinos Dimitriou, Pavlos Kassomenos
In this paper, two backward air mass trajectory-based models (Potential Source Contribution Function [PSCF] and Concentration Weighted Trajectory [CWT]) were combined, aiming to identify sources and factors defining the load of PM in the city of Limassol (Cyprus). The study also focused on the determination of atmospheric pathways enriching the aerosol phase of four carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): Benzo(a)pyrene (BaP), Benzo(a)anthracene (BaA), Benzo(b)fluoranthene (BbF) and Benzo(k)fluoranthene (BkF), in PM10 mass...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454015/air-pollution-characteristics-and-health-risks-in-henan-province-china
#4
Fuzhen Shen, Xinlei Ge, Jianlin Hu, Dongyang Nie, Li Tian, Mindong Chen
Events of severe air pollution occurred frequently in China recently, thus understanding of the air pollution characteristics and its health risks is very important. In this work, we analyzed a two-year dataset (March 2014 - February 2016) including daily concentrations of six criteria pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, CO, SO2, NO2, and O3) from 18 cities in Henan province. Results reveal the serious air pollution status in Henan province, especially the northern part, and Zhengzhou is the city with the worst air quality...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453859/temporal-and-spatial-characteristics-of-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-outbreaks-in-china-during-2004-to-2015
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Mingyue Liu, Qian Lu, Shuxia Zhang, Xiaolong Feng, Md Shakhawat Hossain
Identifying the temporal and spatial characteristics of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks is very important for developing effective and appropriate countermeasures against HPAI and promoting sustainable development in the poultry industry. This study aimed to analyze four aspects of the temporal and spatial characteristics of HPAI outbreaks in China, including the frequency of HPAI outbreaks, numbers of dead animals (died or culled), types of HPAI viruses, and species of infected animals. Temporal characteristics showed that the frequency of HPAI outbreaks decreased and then increased, with some years deviating from the main trend in 2004 to 2010 and 2011 to 2015, while the largest number of dead animals due to HPAI outbreaks was in 2005...
April 26, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453845/effect-of-repeated-vaccination-with-the-same-vaccine-component-against-2009-pandemic-influenza-a-h1n1-virus
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Iván Martínez-Baz, Itziar Casado, Ana Navascués, Jorge Díaz-González, Aitziber Aguinaga, Laura Barrado, Josu Delfrade, Carmen Ezpeleta, Jesús Castilla
Background.: The 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) (A[H1N1]pdm09) vaccine component has remained unchanged from 2009. We estimate the effectiveness of current and prior inactivated influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccination from influenza seasons 2010-2011 to 2015-2016. Methods.: Patients attended with influenza-like illness were tested for influenza. Four periods with continued A(H1N1)pdm09 circulation were included in a test-negative design. Results.: We enrolled 1278 cases and 2343 controls...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453604/modelling-seasonal-and-spatio-temporal-variation-in-respiratory-prescribing
#7
Eleni Sofianopoulou, Tanja Pless-Mulloli, Stephen Rushton, Peter J Diggle
Many measures of chronic diseases including respiratory disease exhibit seasonal variation together with residual correlation between consecutive time-periods and neighboring areas. We demonstrate a modern strategy for modelling data that exhibit both seasonal trend and spatio-temporal correlation, through an application to respiratory prescribing. We analyzed 55 months (2002-2006) of prescribing data, in the northeast of England, UK. We estimated the seasonal pattern of prescribing by fitting a dynamic harmonic regression (DHR) model to salbutamol prescribing in relation to temperature...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453564/the-influence-of-climatic-variation-and-density-on-the-survival-of-an-insular-passerine-zosterops-lateralis
#8
Erik M Sandvig, Tim Coulson, Jiro Kikkawa, Sonya M Clegg
Understanding the influence of environmental factors on population dynamics is fundamental to many areas in biology. Survival is a key factor of population biology, as it is thought to be the predominant driver of growth in long-lived passerines, which can be influenced by both biotic and abiotic environmental conditions. We used mark-recapture methods and generalized linear mixed models to test the influence of density and climatic variation, measured at a regional and local scale (Southern Oscillation Index [SOI] and rainfall, respectively), on seasonal variation in survival rates of an insular population of Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis chlorocephalus), during a 15-year study period, off the east coast of Australia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453406/crop-fertilisation-impacts-epidemics-and-optimal-latent-period-of-biotrophic-fungal-pathogens
#9
Pierre-Antoine Précigout, David Claessen, Corinne Robert
Crop pathogens are known to rapidly adapt to agricultural practices. Although cultivar resistance breakdown and resistance to pesticides have been broadly studied, little is known about the adaptation of crop pathogens to fertilization regimes and no epidemiological model has addressed that question. However this is a critical issue for developing sustainable low-input agriculture. In this paper, we use a model of life history evolution of biotrophic wheat fungal pathogens aiming to understand how they could adapt to changes in fertilization practices...
April 28, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453251/influence-of-manure-application-on-the-environmental-resistome-under-finnish-agricultural-practice-with-restricted-antibiotic-use
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Johanna Muurinen, Robert D Stedtfeld, Antti Karkman, Katariina Pärnänen, James M Tiedje, Marko P J Virta
The co-occurrence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in farm environments can potentially foster the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens. We studied the resistome of Finnish dairy and swine farms where use of antibiotics is limited to treating bacterial infections and manure is only applied April to September. The resistome of manure, soil and tile drainage water from ditch was investigated from the beginning of the growing season until forage harvest. The relative ARG and MGE abundance was measured using a qPCR array with 363 primer pairs...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449551/a-survey-of-korean-physicians-prescription-patterns-for-allergic-rhinitis
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Min Young Seo, Dong-Kyu Kim, Hye Mi Jee, Young Min Ahn, Yong Min Kim, Sang Duk Hong
Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the prescription patterns according to characteristics of physicians using a survey distributed amongst physicians in Korea. Methods: We surveyed the prescription patterns for allergic rhinitis (AR) of the members of the Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (KAAACI) and the Korean Association of Otorhinolaryngologists (KAO). Questionnaire contained 4 categories with 28 queries. 448 physicians including 98 internal medicine (IM), 113 pediatrics (PED), and 237 otorhinolaryngology (ENT) were responded...
April 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449261/exploring-uncertainty-of-amazon-dieback-in-a-perturbed-parameter-earth-system-ensemble
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Chris A Boulton, Ben B B Booth, Peter Good
The future of the Amazon rainforest is unknown due to uncertainties in projected climate change and the response of the forest to this change (forest resiliency). Here we explore the effect of some uncertainties in climate and land surface processes on the future of the forest, using a perturbed physics ensemble of HadCM3C. This is the first time Amazon forest changes are presented using an ensemble exploring both land vegetation processes and physical climate feedbacks in a fully coupled modelling framework...
April 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449005/concussion-in-ice-hockey-a-cohort-study-across-29-seasons
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Mascha Pauelsen, Gusten Nyberg, Cecilia Tegner, Yelverton Tegner
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the concussion incidence rate ratios across 29 seasons in a Swedish Hockey League team. DESIGN: Cohort study over 29 seasons within one Swedish elite series ice hockey team. PARTICIPANTS: All players who were part of one Swedish elite ice hockey team during the research period gave consent for participation in the study. INDEPENDENT VARIABLES: Exposure to top-level Swedish ice hockey...
May 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448941/geochemistry-and-microbial-diversity-of-cave-waters-in-the-gypsum-karst-aquifers-of-emilia-romagna-region-italy
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Ilenia M D'Angeli, Diana I Serrazanetti, Chiara Montanari, Lucia Vannini, Fausto Gardini, Jo De Waele
Fifty-seven control points of waters (sinking streams, rivers in caves, and resurgences) hosted in gypsum karst areas in Emilia Romagna region (N-Italy) were sampled in the framework of a Project LIFE+08NAT/IT/000369 "Gypsum" in the period 2010-2014. The microbiology and chemistry of these waters have been analyzed to evaluate the impact of human activities or natural factors, in the gypsum karst systems. Waters have been analyzed for major chemistry (Ca, Mg, Na, K, SO4, HCO3, Cl, NO3) and some minor constituents (F, Br, NH4 and PO4), measuring pH, electric conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS) and temperature (T) in situ...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448934/release-of-dissolved-phosphorus-from-riparian-wetlands-evidence-for-complex-interactions-among-hydroclimate-variability-topography-and-soil-properties
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Sen Gu, Gérard Gruau, Rémi Dupas, Cornélia Rumpel, Alexandra Crème, Ophélie Fovet, Chantal Gascuel-Odoux, Laurent Jeanneau, Guillaume Humbert, Patrice Petitjean
In agricultural landscapes, establishment of vegetated buffer zones in riparian wetlands (RWs) is promoted to decrease phosphorus (P) emissions because RWs can trap particulate P from upslope fields. However, long-term accumulation of P risks the release of dissolved P, since the unstable hydrological conditions in these zones may mobilize accumulated particulate P by transforming it into a mobile dissolved P species. This study evaluates how hydroclimate variability, topography and soil properties interact and influence this mobilization, using a three-year dataset of molybdate-reactive dissolved P (MRDP) and total dissolved P (TDP) concentrations in soil water from two RWs located in an agricultural catchment in western France (Kervidy-Naizin), along with stream P concentrations...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448932/seasonal-changes-of-fructans-in-dimorphic-roots-of-ichthyothere-terminalis-spreng-blake-asteraceae-growing-in-cerrado
#16
Lorrayne Veloso de Almeida, Pedro Henrique Ferri, José Carlos Seraphin, Moemy Gomes de Moraes
Cerrado is a floristically rich savanna in Brazil, whose vegetation consists of a physiognomic mosaic, influenced by rainfall seasonality. In the dry season rainfall is substantially lower and reduces soil water supply, mainly for herbs and subshrubs. Climatic seasonal variations may well define phenological shifts and induce fluctuations of plant reserve pools. Some Cerrado native species have thickened underground organs that bear buds and store reserves, as adaptive features to enable plant survival following environmental stresses...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448931/tree-growth-climate-relationships-in-a-forest-plot-network-on-mediterranean-mountains
#17
Nikolaos M Fyllas, Anastasia Christopoulou, Alexandros Galanidis, Chrysanthi Z Michelaki, Panayiotis G Dimitrakopoulos, Peter Z Fulé, Margarita Arianoutsou
In this study we analysed a novel tree-growth dataset, inferred from annual ring-width measurements, of 7 forest tree species from 12 mountain regions in Greece, in order to identify tree growth - climate relationships. The tree species of interest were: Abies cephalonica, Abies borisii-regis, Picea abies, Pinus nigra, Pinus sylvestris, Fagus sylvatica and Quercus frainetto growing across a gradient of climate conditions with mean annual temperature ranging from 5.7 to 12.6°C and total annual precipitation from 500 to 950mm...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448917/assessing-future-changes-in-the-occurrence-of-rainfall-induced-landslides-at-a-regional-scale
#18
S L Gariano, G Rianna, O Petrucci, F Guzzetti
According to the fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an increase in the frequency and the intensity of extreme rainfall is expected in the Mediterranean area. Among different impacts, this increase might result in a variation in the frequency and the spatial distribution of rainfall-induced landslides, and in an increase in the size of the population exposed to landslide risk. We propose a method for the regional-scale evaluation of future variations in the occurrence of rainfall-induced landslides, in response to changes in rainfall regimes...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448631/biofortification-se-does-it-increase-the-content-of-phenolic-compounds-in-virgin-olive-oil-voo
#19
Roberto D'Amato, Primo Proietti, Andrea Onofri, Luca Regni, Sonia Esposto, Maurizio Servili, Daniela Businelli, Roberto Selvaggini
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a fundamental component of the Mediterranean diet and it may contain several anti-oxidant substances, such as phenols. Previous research has shown that this food may be enriched in phenols by spraying a sodium-selenate solution (100 mg L-1 Se) onto the crop canopy before flowering. The aim of this research was to evaluate the effect of this Se-fertilization before flowering (cv. Leccino) on the phenolic profile of EVOOs, and test to what extent such effects depend on the weather pattern, as observed in two contrasting experimental seasons (2013 and 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448597/reconstructing-grassland-fire-history-using-sedimentary-charcoal-considering-count-size-and-shape
#20
Berangere A Leys, Julie L Commerford, Kendra K McLauchlan
Fire is a key Earth system process, with 80% of annual fire activity taking place in grassland areas. However, past fire regimes in grassland systems have been difficult to quantify due to challenges in interpreting the charcoal signal in depositional environments. To improve reconstructions of grassland fire regimes, it is essential to assess two key traits: (1) charcoal count, and (2) charcoal shape. In this study, we quantified the number of charcoal pieces in 51 sediment samples of ponds in the Great Plains and tested its relevance as a proxy for the fire regime by examining 13 potential factors influencing charcoal count, including various fire regime components (e...
2017: PloS One
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