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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636110/cumulative-toxicity-of-neonicotinoid-insecticide-mixtures-to-chironomus-dilutus-under-acute-exposure-scenarios
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Erin M Maloney, Christy A Morrissey, John V Headley, Kerry M Peru, Karsten Liber
Extensive agricultural use of neonicotinoid insecticide products has resulted in the presence of neonicotinoid mixtures in surface waters worldwide. Although many aquatic insect species are known to be sensitive to neonicotinoids, the impact of neonicotinoid mixtures is poorly understood. In the present study, the cumulative toxicity of binary and ternary mixtures of select neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam) was characterized under acute (96-h) exposure scenarios using the larval midge Chironomus dilutus as a representative aquatic insect species...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633101/assessment-of-environmental-and-health-risks-in-former-polymetallic-ore-mining-and-smelting-area-slovakia-spatial-distribution-and-accumulation-of-mercury-in-four-different-ecosystems
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Július Árvay, Lenka Demková, Martin Hauptvogl, Miloslav Michalko, Daniel Bajčan, Radovan Stanovič, Ján Tomáš, Miroslava Hrstková, Pavol Trebichalský
Former long-term mining and smelting of pollymetallic ores in the Middle Spiš area caused a serious contamination problem of the environment with heavy metals and metalloids, especially mercury (Hg). Several studies have reported concentration of Hg in the area but this paper provides first detailed characterization of Hg contamination of different environmental components in agricultural, forest, grassland and urban ecosystems. The ecosystems are in different distances from emission sources - former mercury and copper smelting plants in NE Slovakia...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631839/natural-variability-of-biochemical-biomarkers-in-the-macro-zoobenthos-dependence-on-life-stage-and-environmental-factors
#3
Lucia Scarduelli, Roberto Giacchini, Paolo Parenti, Sonia Migliorati, Agnese Maria Di Brisco, Marco Vighi
Biomarkers are widely used in ecotoxicology as indicators of exposure to toxicants. However, their ability to provide ecologically relevant information remains controversial. One of the major problems is understanding if the measured responses are determined by stress factors or lie within the natural variability range. In a previous work, the natural variability of enzymatic levels in invertebrates sampled in pristine rivers was proved to be relevant across both space and time. In this work, the experimental design was improved by considering different life stages of the selected taxa and by measuring more environmental parameters...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629682/aquatic-live-animal-radiotracing-studies-for-ecotoxicological-applications-addressing-fundamental-methodological-deficiencies
#4
Tom Cresswell, Marc Metian, Lisa A Golding, Mike D Wood
The use of live animal gamma radioisotope tracer techniques in the field of ecotoxicology allows laboratory studies to accurately monitor contaminant biokinetics in real time for an individual organism. However, methods used in published studies for aquatic organisms are rarely described in sufficient detail to allow for study replication or an assessment of the errors associated with live animal radioanalysis to be identified. We evaluate the influence of some important methodological deficiencies through an overview of the literature on live aquatic animal radiotracer techniques and through the results obtained from our radiotracer studies on four aquatic invertebrate species...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628881/photodegradation-and-ecotoxicology-of-acyclovir-in-water-under-uv254-and-uv254-h2o2-processes
#5
Danilo Russo, Antonietta Siciliano, Marco Guida, Emilia Galdiero, Angela Amoresano, Roberto Andreozzi, Nuno M Reis, Gianluca Li Puma, Raffaele Marotta
The photochemical and ecotoxicological fate of acyclovir (ACY) through UV254 direct photolysis and in the presence of hydroxyl radicals (UV254/H2O2 process) were investigated in a microcapillary film (MCF) array photoreactor, which provided ultrarapid and accurate photochemical reaction kinetics. The UVC phototransformation of ACY was found to be unaffected by pH in the range from 4.5 to 8.0 and resembled an apparent autocatalytic reaction. The proposed mechanism included the formation of a photochemical intermediate (ϕACY = (1...
June 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624948/metal-release-from-contaminated-leaf-litter-and-leachate-toxicity-for-the-freshwater-crustacean-gammarus-fossarum
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Florence Maunoury-Danger, Vincent Felten, Clément Bojic, Fabrice Fraysse, Mar Cosin Ponce, Odile Dedourge-Geffard, Alain Geffard, François Guérold, Michael Danger
Industrialization has left large surfaces of contaminated soils, which may act as a source of pollution for contiguous ecosystems, either terrestrial or aquatic. When polluted sites are recolonized by plants, dispersion of leaf litter might represent a non-negligible source of contaminants, especially metals. To evaluate the risks associated to contaminated leaf litter dispersion in aquatic ecosystems, we first measured the dynamics of metal loss from leaf litter during a 48-h experimental leaching. We used aspen (Populus tremula L...
June 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623688/exposure-to-sublethal-concentrations-of-co3o4-and-mn2o3-nanoparticles-induced-elevated-metal-body-burden-in-daphnia-magna
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Margit Heinlaan, Marge Muna, Katre Juganson, Olena Oriekhova, Serge Stoll, Anne Kahru, Vera I Slaveykova
Despite the significant progress made in ecotoxicological research on nanoparticles (NPs), there is still very limited information available regarding the biological effects of certain types of NPs such as Co3O4 and Mn2O3. Only a couple of studies provide data on their impact on aquatic organisms whereas, alarmingly, these NPs have been proposed to have high toxicity potential. In addition, more data are needed to determine whether the adverse effects the metal NPs induce on aquatic organisms are rather due to their chemical or particulate nature...
June 6, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622662/the-chronic-effects-of-fullerenec60-associated-sediments-in-the-midge-chironomus-riparius-responses-in-the-first-and-the-second-generation
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G C Waissi, K Väänänen, I Nybom, K Pakarinen, J Akkanen, M T Leppänen, J V K Kukkonen
The life cycle parameters of the benthic invertebrate Chironomus riparius make it a relevant organism for use in multi-generation chronic ecotoxicology tests. Since studies on chronic exposures with fullerene carbon nanoparticles have revealed adverse effects at lower concentration ranges, it is crucial to gain understanding of the consequences in following generations. The aims of this study were to investigate whether sediment-associated fullereneC60 impacts on C. riparius emergence and breeding, thus affecting the growth of the second generation...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622556/early-chemical-and-ecotoxicological-responses-of-the-varano-lagoon-se-italy-to-a-flood-event
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Adele Fabbrocini, Daniele Cassin, Angela Santucci, Tommaso Scirocco, Antonietta Specchiulli, Raffaele D'Adamo
The effects on coastal lagoons of floods resulting from intense rainfall need to be assessed using a multidisciplinary approach, able to describe in real time the occurrence of changes in sediment quality, anticipating risk situations. In the present study the effectiveness as pre-screening tool of the MOT-test, an innovative bioassay that uses sperm motility as endpoint, has been evaluated; its response has been compared with the sediment chemical characterization, in order to determine the effects of a flood event occurred in the Varano lagoon, a poorly anthropized Mediterranean coastal lagoon...
June 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622373/a-versatile-and-low-cost-open-source-pipetting-robot-for-automation-of-toxicological-and-ecotoxicological-bioassays
#10
Sebastian Steffens, Leonie Nüßer, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Nadine Ruchter, Mark Schumann, Ricarda Döring, Catrina Cofalla, Avi Ostfeld, Elad Salomons, Holger Schüttrumpf, Henner Hollert, Markus Brinkmann
In the past decades, bioassays and whole-organism bioassay have become important tools not only in compliance testing of industrial chemicals and plant protection products, but also in the monitoring of environmental quality. With few exceptions, such test systems are discontinuous. They require exposure of the biological test material in small units, such as multiwell plates, during prolonged incubation periods, and do not allow online read-outs. It is mostly due to these shortcomings that applications in continuous monitoring of, e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618231/a-high-resolution-study-of-dynamic-changes-of-ce2o3-and-ceo2-nanoparticles-in-complex-environmental-media
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Ruth Corrin Merrifield, Kenton P Arkill, Richard E Palmer, Jamie R Lead
Ceria nanoparticles (NPs) rapidly and easily cycle between Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxidation states, making them prime candidates for commercial and other applications. Increased commercial use has resulted in increased discharge to the environment and increased associated risk. Once in complex media such as environmental waters or toxicology exposure media, the same redox transformations can occur, causing altered behavior and effects compared to the pristine NPs. This study used high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy to investigate changes in structure and oxidation state of small, polymer-coated ceria suspensions in complex media...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618056/improving-substance-information-in-usetox%C3%A2-part-1-discussion-on-data-and-approaches-for-estimating-freshwater-ecotoxicity-effect-factors
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Erwan Saouter, Karin Aschberger, Peter Fantke, Michael Z Hauschild, Stephanie K Bopp, Aude Kienzler, Alicia Paini, Rana Pant, Michela Secchi, Serenella Sala
The scientific consensus model USEtox® is recommended by the European Commission as the reference model to characterize life cycle chemical emissions in terms of their potential human toxicity and freshwater aquatic ecotoxicity impacts in the context of the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook and the Environmental Footprint pilot phase looking at products (PEF) and organisations (OEF). Consequently, this model has been systematically used within the PEF/OEF pilot phase by 25 EU industry sectors, which manufacture a wide variety of consumer products...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613033/resurrection-ecology-and-its-utility-in-ecotoxicology
#13
Adam M Simpson, Punidan D Jeyasingh, Jason B Belden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605381/ecotoxicological-method-with-marine-bacteria-vibrio-anguillarum-to-evaluate-the-acute-toxicity-of-environmental-contaminants
#14
Alice Rotini, Loredana Manfra, Filippo Spanu, Marco Pisapia, Anna Maria Cicero, Luciana Migliore
Bacteria are an important component of the ecosystem, and microbial community alterations can have a significant effect on biogeochemical cycling and food webs. Toxicity testing based on microorganisms are widely used because they are relatively quick, reproducible, cheap, and are not associated with ethical issues. Here, we describe an ecotoxicological method to evaluate the biological response of the marine bacterium Vibrio anguillarum. This method assesses the acute toxicity of chemical compounds, including new contaminants such as nanoparticles, as well as environmental samples...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602188/mapping-of-the-spatial-distribution-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-root-tissues-of-vicia-faba-by-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-libs
#15
L Krajcarová, K Novotný, M Kummerová, J Dubová, V Gloser, J Kaiser
The manuscript presents a procedure for optimal sample preparation and the mapping of the spatial distribution of metal ions and nanoparticles in plant roots using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) in a double-pulse configuration (DP LIBS) in orthogonal reheating mode. Two Nd:YAG lasers were used; the first one was an ablation laser (UP-266 MACRO, New Wave, USA) with a wavelength of 266nm, and the second one (Brilliant, Quantel, France), with a fundamental wavelength of 1064nm, was used to reheat the microplasma...
October 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601520/aquatic-toxicity-of-several-textile-dye-formulations-acute-and-chronic-assays-with-daphnia-magna-and-raphidocelis-subcapitata
#16
Roberta Croce, Filippo Cinà, Anna Lombardo, Gregory Crispeyn, Claudia Ileana Cappelli, Matteo Vian, Simone Maiorana, Emilio Benfenati, Diego Baderna
Dyes are widely used in various sectors and can be released into the environment where they persist for a long time because of their high stability to light or temperature and their resistance to environmental degradation. Dyes are often poorly characterized and toxicological/ecotoxicological data are available only for a few. These features, coupled with their toxicity, make dyes a possible source of ecological concern, particularly for freshwater aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, new data may be very useful for their risk assessment...
June 8, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600791/orientation-behavior-is-a-good-biomarker-of-trace-metal-contamination-in-parallelomorphus-laevigatus-coleoptera-carabidae
#17
Erminia Conti, Sandro Dattilo, Giovanni Costa, Concetto Puglisi
Behavioral ecotoxicology has become very important in the short time since a change in behavior is very often the first response to environmental altered conditions. We investigated the influence of trace metal intake on the spatial orientation performances of the carabid beetle Parallelomorphus laevigatus, fundamental ability for its survival. The aim of this study was to consider the solar orientation as behavioral biomarker for exposure to trace metal contamination. Therefore, we tested the ability of solar orientation of specimens of this species, fed with shrimps contaminated with three different concentrations of Cu, Zn, or Hg...
June 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599128/acute-and-chronic-sensitivity-to-copper-of-a-promising-ecotoxicological-model-species-the-annual-killifish-nothobranchius-furzeri
#18
Charlotte Philippe, Arnout F Grégoir, Lizanne Janssens, Tom Pinceel, Gudrun De Boeck, Luc Brendonck
Nothobranchius furzeri is a promising model for ecotoxicological research due to the species' short life cycle and the production of drought-resistant eggs. Although the species is an emerging vertebrate fish model for several fundamental as well as applied research domains, its potential for ecotoxicological research has not yet been tested. The aim of this study was to characterise the acute and chronic sensitivity of this species to copper as compared to other model organisms. Effects of both acute and chronic copper exposure were tested on survival, life history and physiological traits...
June 6, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598770/review-of-the-ecotoxicological-effects-of-emerging-contaminants-on-soil-biota
#19
Ana R Gomes, Celine Justino, Teresa Rocha-Santos, Ana C Freitas, Armando C Duarte, Ruth Pereira
In recent years, emerging contaminants (e.g. pesticides and their metabolites, pharmaceuticals, personal and house care products, life-style compounds, food additives, industrial products and wastes, as well as nanomaterials) have become a problem to the environment. In fact, the cumulative use of a panoply of chemical substances in agriculture, industrial activities, in our homes and in health care services has led to their recent appearance in detectable levels in soils, surface, and groundwater resources, with unpredictable consequences for these ecosystems...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597415/effects-of-cuo-nanoparticles-on-lemna-minor
#20
Guanling Song, Wenhua Hou, Yuan Gao, Yan Wang, Lin Lin, Zhiwei Zhang, Qiang Niu, Rulin Ma, Lati Mu, Haixia Wang
BACKGROUND: Copper dioxide nanoparticles (NPs), which is a kind of important and widely used metal oxide NP, eventually reaches a water body through wastewater and urban runoff. Ecotoxicological studies of this kind of NPs effects on hydrophyte are very limited at present. Lemna minor was exposed to media with different concentrations of CuO NPs, bulk CuO, and two times concentration of Cu(2+) released from CuO NPs in culture media. The changes in plant growth, chlorophyll content, antioxidant defense enzyme activities [i...
December 2016: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
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