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Jan Warnken, Rohana Ohlsson, David T Welsh, Peter R Teasdale, Ariella Chelsky, William W Bennett
Antimony is a priority environmental contaminant that is relatively poorly studied compared to other trace metal(loid)s. In particular, the behaviour of antimony in wetland sediments, where anaerobic conditions often dominate, has received considerably less attention compared to well-drained terrestrial soil environments. Here we report the results of a spatial assessment of antimony in the sediments and vegetation of a freshwater wetland exposed to stibnite tailings for the past forty years. The concentration of antimony in the sediment decreased rapidly with distance from the tailings deposit, from a maximum of ∼22,000 mg kg(-1) to ∼1000 mg kg(-1) at a distance of ∼150 m...
April 12, 2017: Chemosphere
Elliott G Duncan, William A Maher, Simon D Foster, Frank Krikowa, Cathryn A O'Sullivan, Margaret M Roper
The contamination of cereals with arsenic (As) is a global health and agronomic concern. This study compared the physiological response, As uptake and As speciation in the grains and above ground tissues of 20 wheat cultivars exposed to 5 mg As kg(-1) soil as either arsenate (As(V)) or dimethylarsenate (DMA) under glasshouse conditions. Germination rates for the majority of cultivars exceeded 80% for the majority of cultivars when exposed to As(V), but fell significantly to 20-40% when exposed to DMA. For a number of cultivars, grain yields were 20-50% lower when plants were exposed to DMA compared to As(V)...
April 15, 2017: Chemosphere
Shilin Zhao, Yufeng Duan, Lei Chen, Yaning Li, Ting Yao, Shuai Liu, Meng Liu, Jianhong Lu
Hazardous Trace elements (HTEs) emitted from coal combustion has raised widespread concern. Studies on the emission characteristics of five HTEs, namely arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), barium (Ba), manganese (Mn), lead (Pb) at three different loads (100%, 83%, 71% output) and different coal types were performed on a 350 MW coal-fired power plant equipped with SCR, ESP + FF, and WFGD. HTEs in the flue gas at the inlet/outlet of each air pollution control device (APCD) were sampled simultaneously based on US EPA Method 29...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Jiming Xu, Shulin Shi, Lei Wang, Zhong Tang, Tingting Lv, Xinlu Zhu, Xiaomeng Ding, Yifeng Wang, Fang-Jie Zhao, Zhongchang Wu
Soil contamination with arsenic (As) can cause phytotoxicity and elevated As accumulation in rice grain. Here, we used a forward genetics approach to investigate the mechanism of arsenate (As(V)) tolerance and accumulation in rice. A rice mutant hypersensitive to As(V), but not to As(III), was isolated. Genomic resequencing and complementation tests were used to identify the causal gene. The function of the gene, its expression pattern and subcellular localization were characterized. OsHAC4 is the causal gene for the As(V)-hypersensitive phenotype...
April 13, 2017: New Phytologist
Lauro Bücker-Neto, Ana Luiza Sobral Paiva, Ronei Dorneles Machado, Rafael Augusto Arenhart, Marcia Margis-Pinheiro
Heavy metals are natural non-biodegradable constituents of the Earth's crust that accumulate and persist indefinitely in the ecosystem as a result of human activities. Since the industrial revolution, the concentration of cadmium, arsenic, lead, mercury and zinc, amongst others, have increasingly contaminated soil and water resources, leading to significant yield losses in plants. These issues have become an important concern of scientific interest. Understanding the molecular and physiological responses of plants to heavy metal stress is critical in order to maximize their productivity...
April 10, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
K J Whaley-Martin, B J Mailloux, A van Geen, B C Bostick, K M Ahmed, I Choudhury, G F Slater
Recent studies have demonstrated that the supply of relatively young organic carbon stimulates the release of arsenic to groundwater in Bangladesh. This study explores the potential role of human and livestock waste as a significant source of this carbon in a densely populated rural area with limited sanitation. Profiles of aquifer sediment samples were analyzed for phytosterols and coprostanol to assess the relative contributions of plant-derived and human/livestock waste-derived organic carbon at two well-characterized sites in Araihazar...
April 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Kanza Batool, Fatima Tuz Zahra, Yasir Rehman
Arsenic (As) is a well-known toxic metalloid found naturally and released by different industries, especially in developing countries. Purple nonsulfur bacteria (PNSB) are known for wastewater treatment and plant growth promoting abilities. As-resistant PNSB were isolated from a fish pond. Based on As-resistance and plant growth promoting attributes, 2 isolates CS2 and SS5 were selected and identified as Rhodopseudomonas palustris and Rhodopseudomonas faecalis, respectively, through 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
2017: BioMed Research International
Ang Kean Hua
Malacca River water quality is affected due to rapid urbanization development. The present study applied LULC changes towards water quality detection in Malacca River. The method uses LULC, PCA, CCA, HCA, NHCA, and ANOVA. PCA confirmed DS, EC, salinity, turbidity, TSS, DO, BOD, COD, As, Hg, Zn, Fe, E. coli, and total coliform. CCA confirmed 14 variables into two variates; first variate involves residential and industrial activities; and second variate involves agriculture, sewage treatment plant, and animal husbandry...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Amit Pal Singh, Garima Dixit, Amit Kumar, Seema Mishra, Navin Kumar, Sameer Dixit, Pradyumna Kumar Singh, Sanjay Dwivedi, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi, Vivek Pandey, Om Prakash Dhankher, Gareth J Norton, Debasis Chakrabarty, Rudra Deo Tripathi
Nitric oxide (NO) and salicylic acid (SA) are important signaling molecules in plant system. In the present study both NO and SA showed a protective role against arsenite (As(III)) stress in rice plants when supplied exogenously. The application of NO and SA alleviated the negative impact of As(III) on plant growth. Nitric oxide supplementation to As(III) treated plants greatly decreased arsenic (As) accumulation in the roots as well as shoots/roots translocation factor. Arsenite exposure in plants decreased the endogenous levels of NO and SA...
February 24, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Robert J Rossi, Daniel J Bain, Aubrey L Hillman, David P Pompeani, Matthew S Finkenbinder, Mark B Abbott
Early industrial trace metal loadings are poorly characterized but potentially substantial sources of trace metals to the landscape. The magnitude of legacy contamination in southwestern Pennsylvania, the cradle of North American fossil fuel industrialization, is reconstructed from trace metal concentrations in a sediment core with proxies including major and trace metal chemistry, bulk density, and magnetic susceptibility. Trace metal chemistry in this sediment record reflects 19th and 20th century land use and industry...
April 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Jun Zhang, Shichen Zhao, Yan Xu, Wuxian Zhou, Ke Huang, Zhu Tang, Fang-Jie Zhao
Arsenic (As) bioavailability to rice plants is elevated in flooded paddy soils due to reductive mobilization of arsenite [As(III)]. However, some microorganisms are able to mediate anaerobic As(III) oxidation by coupling to nitrate reduction, thus attenuating As mobility. In this study, we investigated the impact of nitrate additions on As species dynamics in the porewater of four As-contaminated paddy soils. The effects of nitrate on microbial community structure and the abundance and diversity of the As(III) oxidase (aioA) genes were quantified using 16S rRNA sequencing, quantitative PCR, and aioA gene clone libraries...
April 7, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Zhong Tang, Yi Chen, Fei Chen, Yuchen Ji, Fang-Jie Zhao
Rice (Oryza sativa) is a major dietary source of arsenic (As) for the population consuming rice as their staple food. Rice grain contains both inorganic As and methylated As species, especially dimethyarsinate (DMA). DMA is highly mobile in long-distance translocation in plants, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. In the present study, we showed that OsPTR7 (OsNPF8.1), a putative peptide transporter in rice, was permeable to DMA in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Transient expression of the OsPTR7-green fluorescent protein (GFP) in tobacco protoplasts showed that OsPTR7 was localized in the cell plasma membrane...
March 2, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
Godwin Unekwuojo Ebiloma, John Ogbaji Igoli, Evangelos Katsoulis, Anne-Marie Donachie, Anthonius Eze, Alexander Ian Gray, Harry P de Koning
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Leaves from the plant species studied herein are traditionally used in northern Nigeria against various protozoan infections. However, none of these herbal preparations have been standardized, nor have their toxicity to mammalian cells been investigated. In search of improved and non-toxic active antiprotozoal principles that are not cross-resistant with current anti-parasitics, we here report the results of the in vitro screening of extracts from seven selected medicinal plant species (Centrosema pubescens, Moringa oleifera, Tridax procumbens, Polyalthia longifolia, Newbouldia laevis, Eucalyptus maculate, Jathropha tanjorensis), used traditionally to treat kinetoplastid infections in Nigeria, and the isolation of their bioactive principles...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
M Govarthanan, R Mythili, T Selvankumar, S Kamala-Kannan, A Rajasekar, Young-Cheol Chang
The aim of the present study was to assess the bioremediation potential of endophytic bacteria isolated from roots of Tridax procumbens plant. Five bacterial endophytes were isolated and subsequently tested for minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) against different heavy metals. Amongst the five isolates, strain RM exhibited the highest resistance to copper (750 mg/l), followed by zinc (500 mg/l), lead (450 mg/l), and arsenic (400 mg/l). Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rDNA sequence suggested that strain RM was a member of genus Paneibacillus...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
Sajad Hussain, Muhammad Akram, Ghulam Abbas, Behzad Murtaza, Muhammad Shahid, Noor S Shah, Irshad Bibi, Nabeel Khan Niazi
The present study was conducted to explore arsenic (As) tolerance and phytostabilization potential of the two tree species, Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus) and Eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides). Both plant species were exposed to various soil As levels (control, 5, 10, 15 and 20 mg kg(-1)) in pots. The plants were harvested after nine months for evaluation of growth parameters as well as root and shoot As concentrations. With increasing soil As levels, plant height stress tolerance index (PHSTI) was significantly decreased in both tree species, whereas root length stress tolerance index (RLSTI) and dry matter stress tolerance index (DMSTI) were not affected...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Yanshan Chen, Yong-He Han, Yue Cao, Yong-Guan Zhu, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Lena Q Ma
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) feeds ∼3 billion people. Due to the wide occurrence of arsenic (As) pollution in paddy soils and its efficient plant uptake, As in rice grains presents health risks. Genetic manipulation may offer an effective approach to reduce As accumulation in rice grains. The genetics of As uptake and metabolism have been elucidated and target genes have been identified for genetic engineering to reduce As accumulation in grains. Key processes controlling As in grains include As uptake, arsenite (AsIII) efflux, arsenate (AsV) reduction and AsIII sequestration, and As methylation and volatilization...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Ruijie Ji, Liming Zhou, Jinglong Liu, Yuan Wang, Lei Yang, Qinsong Zheng, Chi Zhang, Bin Zhang, Haiman Ge, Yonghua Yang, Fugeng Zhao, Sheng Luan, Wenzhi Lan
Although arsenite [As(III)] is non-essential and toxic for plants, it is effectively absorbed through various transporters into the roots. Here we identified a calcium-dependent protein kinase (CPK31) response for As(III) tolerance in Arabidopsis. We identified CPK31 as an interacting protein of a nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein (NIP1;1), an aquaporin involved in As(III) uptake. Similarly to the nip1;1 mutants, the loss-of-function mutants of CPK31 improved the tolerance against As(III) but not As(V), and accumulated less As(III) in roots than that of the wild-type plants...
2017: PloS One
Natasha Das, Surajit Bhattacharya, Somnath Bhattacharyya, Mrinal K Maiti
The OsPCS2 exhibits root- and shoot-specific differential ratios of alternatively spliced transcripts in indica rice under Cd stress, and plays role in Cd and As stress tolerance and accumulation. Enzymatic activity of phytochelatin synthase (PCS) in plant produces phytochelatins, which help in sequestration of heavy metal(loid)s inside the cell vacuole to alleviate toxicity. Here we report that among the two PCS genes-OsPCS1 and OsPCS2 in indica rice (Oryza sativa) cultivar, the OsPCS2 produces an alternatively spliced OsPCS2b transcript that bears the unusual premature termination codon besides the canonically spliced OsPCS2a transcript...
March 11, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
Xuemin Feng, Lei Han, Daiyin Chao, Yan Liu, Yajing Zhang, Ruigang Wang, Junkang Guo, Renwei Feng, Yingming Xu, Yongzhen Ding, Biyan Huang, Guilong Zhang
To identify the key barrier parts and relevant elements during Cd/As transport into brown rice, 16 elements were measured in 14 different parts of 21 rice genotypes; moreover, transcriptomic of different nodes was analyzed. Cd/As contents in root and nodes were significantly higher than those other parts. Node I had the highest Cd content among nodes, leading an increase in gene expressions involved in glycolytic and Cd detoxification. The Cu/Zn/Co distribution and transport to various parts was similar to that of Cd, and Fe/Sb distribution and transport to various parts was similar to that of As...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Letuzia M de Oliveira, Das Suchismita, Julia Gress, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Leaching of inorganic arsenic (As) from chromated copper arsenate (CCA)-treated wood may elevate soil As levels. Thus, an environmental concern arises regarding As accumulation in vegetables grown in these soils. In this study, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to investigate the ability of As-hyperaccumulator P. vittata and organic amendments in reducing As uptake by lettuce (Lactuca sativa) from a soil contaminated from CCA-treated wood (63.9 mg kg(-1) As). P. vittata was grown for 150 d in a CCA-contaminated soil amended with biochar, activated carbon or coffee grounds at 1%, followed by lettuce for another 55 d...
February 24, 2017: Chemosphere
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