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  1. Degradation of p-xylene by a denitrifying enrichment culture.

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    Häner, A; Höhener, P.; J. Zeyer

    1995-01-01

    Microbial cultures enriched from a diesel fuel-contaminated aquifer were able to grow on p-xylene under denitrifying conditions. The oxidation of p-xylene to CO2 was coupled to the reduction of NO3-. The enrichment cultures also grew on toluene and m-xylene, but they did not degrade benzene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene.

  2. Degradation of Phthalic Acids by Denitrifying, Mixed Cultures of Bacteria

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    Aftring, R Paul; Chalker, Bruce E.; Taylor, Barrie F.

    1981-01-01

    Mixed cultures of bacteria, enriched from aquatic sediments, grew anaerobically on all three isomers of phthalic acid. Each culture grew anaerobically on only one isomer and also grew aerobically on the same isomer. Pure cultures were isolated from the phthalic acid (o-phthalic acid) and isophthalic acid (m-phthalic acid) enrichments that grew aerobically on phthalic and isophthalic acids. Cell suspension experiments indicated that protocatechuate is an intermediate of aerobic catabolism. Pur...

  3. Distribution of baroduric, psychrotrophic and culturable nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria in the Central Indian Basin

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    LokaBharathi, P.A.; PradeepRam, A.S.; Nair, S.; Nath, B.N.; Chandramohan, D.

    2004-01-01

    The abundance of baroduric, culturable nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria in the deep-sea cores of Central Indian Basin (CIB) at ca 5000 m depth was investigated. Analysis of 8 cores, sampled between 10 degrees 00 minutes S and 75 degrees 55...

  4. Enrichment of denitrifying methanotrophic bacteria for application after direct low-temperature anaerobic sewage treatment

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    Highlights: ? A new concept for low-temperature anaerobic sewage treatment is proposed. ? In this concept, denitrification and methane oxidation are performed by Methylomirabilis oxyfera. ? The bacteria were enriched from fresh water sediment using sequencing fed-batch reactors. ? The volumetric consumption rate has to be increased by an order of magnitude for practical application. ? Further research should focus on systems with improved biomass retention. - Abstract: Despite many advantages of anaerobic sewage treatment over conventional activated sludge treatment, it has not yet been applied in temperate zones. This is especially because effluent from low-temperature anaerobic treatment contains nitrogen and dissolved methane. The presence of nitrogen and methane offers the opportunity to develop a reactor in which methane is used as electron donor for denitrification. Such a reactor could be used in a new concept for low-temperature anaerobic sewage treatment, consisting of a UASB-digester system, a reactor for denitrification coupled to anaerobic methane oxidation, and a nitritation reactor. In the present study denitrifying methanotrophic bacteria similar to ‘Candidatus Methylomirabilis oxyfera’ were enriched. Maximum volumetric nitrite consumption rates were 33.5 mg NO2?-N/L d (using synthetic medium) and 37.8 mg NO2?-N/L d (using medium containing effluent from a sewage treatment plant), which are sment plant), which are similar to the maximum rate reported so far. Though the goal was to increase the rates, in both reactors, after reaching these maximum rates, volumetric nitrite consumption rates decreased in time. Results indicate biomass washout may have significantly decelerated enrichment. Therefore, to obtain higher volumetric consumption rates, further research should focus on systems with complete biomass retention.

  5. Utilization of Alkylbenzenes during Anaerobic Growth of Pure Cultures of Denitrifying Bacteria on Crude Oil

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    Rabus, R; Widdel, F.

    1996-01-01

    Four pure cultures of denitrifying bacteria, which had previously been isolated on defined alkylbenzenes, were capable of anaerobic growth with crude oil as the only source of organic substrates. Chemical analyses after growth revealed that the known growth substrates toluene, ethylbenzene, and m-xylene were selectively consumed from the oil. o-Xylene and p-xylene, which as pure compounds did not support growth, were consumed to a lesser extent.

  6. Anaerobic Toluene Activation by Benzylsuccinate Synthase in a Highly Enriched Methanogenic Culture

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    Beller, Harry R.; Edwards, Elizabeth A.

    2000-01-01

    Permeabilized cells of a highly enriched, toluene-mineralizing, methanogenic culture catalyzed the addition of toluene to fumarate to form benzylsuccinate under anaerobic conditions. The specific in vitro rate of benzylsuccinate formation was >85% of the specific in vivo rate of toluene consumption. This is the first report of benzylsuccinate synthase activity in a methanogenic culture; the activity has previously been reported to occur in denitrifying, sulfate-reducing, and anoxygenic photot...

  7. IDENTIFICATION AND ECOPHYSIOLOGY OF ACTIVE DENITRIFIERS IN ACTIVATED SLUDGE

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    Hansen, Aviaja Anna; Le-Quy, Vang

    Denitrification is of crucial importance for nitrogen removal in wastewater treatment. However, due to the polyphyletic taxonomy of denitrifiers, little is known about their community composition and ecophysiology and the available knowledge derives mainly from culture-dependent studies or enriched reactor studies. To obtain better identification of active denitrifying communities in full-scale wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) we applied DNA-SIP with 13C-labelled substrates, and RT-PCR of expressed denitrification genes (nirS, nirK and nosZ) upon various substrate-inductions. To come around the bias of horizontal gene transfer, the identities were verified by microautoradiography (MAR) combined with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with incorporation of radio-labelled substrates under denitrifying conditions. The in situ abundances of the identified denitrifiers in different WWTPs were determined with quantitative FISH, while their active metabolic pathways were investigated directly in activated sludge with a tag-based metatranscriptomic approach under acetate-utilizing and denitrifying conditions. The different methods revealed a majority of denitrifiers in all WWTPs belonging to Betaproteobacteria (Acidovorax, Azoarcus, Curvibacter and Thauera) and to a lesser extent Alphaproteobacteria (Paracoccus), while few denitrifying Gammaproteobacteria and Firmicutes were identified. A taxonomic discrepancy of the denitrifying communities was highly correlated to the configuration of the WWTPs and when external carbon sources were supplemented to the activated sludge the composition of the denitrifying communities was significantly affected. Transcriptome profiling provided detailed insight in the metabolic pathways in several of the active denitrifiers in activated sludge. In conclusion, this study has provided novel leads for the identity and distribution of denitrifiers in WWTPs as well as their physiological and metabolic capabilities in activated sludge.

  8. [Research advances in aerobic denitrifiers].

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    Wang, Wei; Cai, Zu-cong; Zhong, Wen-hui; Wang, Guo-xiang

    2007-11-01

    This paper reviewed the varieties and characteristics of aerobic denitrifiers, their action mechanisms, and the factors affecting aerobic denitrification. Aerobic denitrifiers mainly include Pseudomonas, Alcaligenes, Paracoccus and Bacillus, which are either aerobic or facultative aerobic, and heterotrophic. They can denitrify under aerobic conditions, with the main product being N2O. They can also convert NH4+ -N to gas product. The nitrate reductase which catalyzes the denitrification is periplasmic nitrate reductase rather than membrane-bound nitrate reductase. Dissolved oxygen concentration and C/N ratio are the main factors affecting aerobic denitrification. The main methods for screening aerobic denitrifiers, such as intermittent aeration and selected culture, were also introduced. The research advances in the application of aerobic denitrifiers in aquaculture, waste water processing, and bio-degradation of organic pollutants, as well as the contributions of aerobic denitrifiers to soil nitrogen emission were summarized. PMID:18260473

  9. Functional characterization of heterotrophic denitrifying bacteria in activated sludge

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    Nishani, Ramdhani; Faizal, Bux.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Wastewater treatment facilities are largely accountable for the detrimental enrichment of water bodies with nitrogenous compounds, resulting in eutrophication. Denitrification is of interest as a means of removing nitrates and nitrites from water supplies because they are also hazardous to human hea [...] lth. The integration of biological nutrient removal into conventional wastewater treatment processes has, however, failed to take into sufficient consideration the role of key microorganisms present, specifically denitrifying bacteria. The purpose of the study reported here was to group such heterotrophic denitrifying bacteria using a series of biochemical and molecular analyses, to achieve an improved understanding of their functions. The role of the denitrifying bacteria in reducing nitrate and nitrite was monitored using the colorimetric nitrate reduction test. The genetic diversity of the culture collection was investigated by the use of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), which enabled the creation of a microbial population profile of eight predominant isolates. Batch experiments were conducted on these isolates, the results of which ultimately confirmed their classification according to their respective functions, namely, incomplete denitrifiers, true denitrifiers, sequential denitrifiers, and exclusive nitrite reducers.

  10. 21 CFR 866.2330 - Enriched culture medium.

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    2010-04-01

    ...ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES Microbiology Devices § 866.2330 Enriched culture medium. (a) Identification. An enriched...

  11. Enrichment of high ammonia tolerant methanogenic culture

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    Fotidis, Ioannis; Karakashev, Dimitar Borisov

    Ammonia is the major toxicant in full scale anaerobic digesters of animal wastes which are rich in proteins and/or urea, such as pig or poultry wastes. Ammonia inhibition decreases methane production rates, increases volatile fatty acids concentration and leads to economic losses for the biogas plants. The methods used today to counteract ammonia inhibition are slow and costexpensive. A new biological approach to avoid or counteract ammonia inhibition by using ammonia tolerant methanogens, could provide a sustainable solution for cost-effective digestion of abundant ammonia-rich wastes. The aim of the current study was to isolate and identify methanogenic cultures tolerant to high ammonia concentrations. A mixed methanogenic population was stepwise exposed to ammonia concentrations (1 to 9.26 g NH4+-N L-1) during an enrichment process with successive batch cultivations. The methanogenic population was derived from a full scale biogas reactor (Hashøj, Denmark), fed with 75% animal manure and 25% food industries organic waste. Basal anaerobic medium was used for the enrichment along with sodium acetate (1 g HAc L-1) as a carbon source. Fluorescence insitu hybridization (FISH) was used to determine microbial community composition. The outcome of the enrichment process was a mesophilic aceticlastic methanogenic enriched culture able to withstand high ammonia loads and utilize acetate and form methane stoichiometrically. FISH analysis showed that the methanogens of the enriched culture belonged exclusively to strict aceticlastic methanogens. Results obtained in this study, demonstrated for the first time that strictly aceticlastic methanogens, derived from an enriched culture, can efficiently produce methane under high ammonia levels.

  12. Absence of microbial mineralization of lignin in anaerobic enrichment cultures.

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    Odier, E.; Monties, B

    1983-01-01

    The existence of anaerobic biodegradation of lignin was examined in mixed microflora. Egyptian soil samples, in which rapid mineralization of organic matter takes place in the presence of an important anaerobic microflora, were used to obtain the anaerobic enrichment cultures for this study. Specifically, 14CO2 or [14C]lignin wood was used to investigate the release of labeled gaseous or soluble degradation products of lignin in microbial cultures. No conversion of 14C-labeled lignin to 14CO2...

  13. Nitrogen removal of anammox cultures under different enrichment conditions.

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    Saricheewin, Kullaya; Sirivithayapakorn, Sanya; Noophan, Pongsak Lek; Wantawin, Chalermraj; Techkarnjanaruk, Somkiet; Munakata-Marr, Junko

    2010-12-01

    Anammox bacteria in sludge from an anoxic tank of a municipal wastewater treatment plant at Nongkhaem, Bangkok, Thailand were enriched in two sequencing batch reactors (SBRs; SBR-1 and SBR-2), under different conditions. SBR-1 was open to the atmosphere, while SBR-2 was closed and flushed with a mixture of 95% argon and 5% CO(2) during the fill period in order to provide strict anaerobic conditions. The specific nitrogen removal rates of SBR-1 and SBR-2 were 0.43 g N/g VSS-d and 2.59 g N/g VSS-d, respectively. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) analyses showed differences in band patterns among the Nongkhaem sludge and the two enrichment cultures. Based on fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), the anammox bacteria in both systems were either "Candidatus Brocadia anammoxidans" or "Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis". The results from this study demonstrate the potential of alternative anammox systems for nitrogen removal and provide information on the microbial communities of anammox cultures under different enrichment conditions. PMID:20945242

  14. Isolation of Oligotrophic Denitrifiers Carrying Previously Uncharacterized Functional Gene Sequences? †

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Ashida, Naoaki; Otsuka, Shigeto; Senoo, Keishi

    2010-01-01

    Oligotrophic denitrifying bacteria, including those belonging to the genera Herbaspirillum, Azospirillum, and Bradyrhizobium, were obtained using a single-cell isolation technique. The taxonomic composition of the denitrifier population was similar to those assessed by previous culture-independent studies. The sequencing of nitrite reductase and N2O reductase genes of these strains revealed previously unknown links between 16S rRNA and the denitrification-functional gene phylogenies. In parti...

  15. Selective enrichment media bias the types of Salmonella enterica strains isolated from mixed strain cultures and complex enrichment broths.

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    Gorski, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    For foodborne outbreak investigations it can be difficult to isolate the relevant strain from food and/or environmental sources. If the sample is contaminated by more than one strain of the pathogen the relevant strain might be missed. In this study mixed cultures of Salmonella enterica were grown in one set of standard enrichment media to see if culture bias patterns emerged. Nineteen strains representing four serogroups and ten serotypes were compared in four-strain mixtures in Salmonella-only and in cattle fecal culture enrichment backgrounds using Salmonella enrichment media. One or more strain(s) emerged as dominant in each mixture. No serotype was most fit, but strains of serogroups C2 and E were more likely to dominate enrichment culture mixtures than strains of serogroups B or C1. Different versions of Rappaport-Vassiliadis (RV) medium gave different patterns of strain dominance in both Salmonella-only and fecal enrichment culture backgrounds. The fittest strains belonged to serogroups C1, C2, and E, and included strains of S. Infantis, S. Thompson S. Newport, S. 6,8:d:-, and S. Give. Strains of serogroup B, which included serotypes often seen in outbreaks such as S. Typhimurium, S. Saintpaul, and S. Schwarzengrund were less likely to emerge as dominant strains in the mixtures when using standard RV as part of the enrichment. Using a more nutrient-rich version of RV as part of the protocol led to a different pattern of strains emerging, however some were still present in very low numbers in the resulting population. These results indicate that outbreak investigations of food and/or other environmental samples should include multiple enrichment protocols to ensure isolation of target strains of Salmonella. PMID:22496847

  16. Assessment of denitrifying bacterial composition in activated sludge.

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    Srinandan, C S; Shah, Mrinal; Patel, Bhavita; Nerurkar, Anuradha S

    2011-10-01

    The abundance and structure of denitrifying bacterial community in different activated sludge samples were assessed, where the abundance of denitrifying functional genes showed nirS in the range of 10(4)-10(5), nosZ with 10(4)-10(6) and 16S rRNA gene in the range 10(9)-10(10) copy number per ml of sludge. The culturable approach revealed Pseudomonas sp. and Alcaligenes sp. to be numerically high, whereas culture independent method showed betaproteobacteria to dominate the sludge samples. Comamonas sp. and Pseudomonas fluorescens isolates showed efficient denitrification, while Pseudomonas mendocina, Pseudomonas stutzeri and Brevundimonas diminuta accumulated nitrite during denitrification. Numerically dominant RFLP OTUs of the nosZ gene from the fertilizer factory sludge samples clustered with the known isolates of betaproteobacteria. The data also suggests the presence of different truncated denitrifiers with high numbers in sludge habitat. PMID:21868215

  17. Selective Enrichment Media Bias the Types of Salmonella enterica Strains Isolated from Mixed Strain Cultures and Complex Enrichment Broths

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    Gorski, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    For foodborne outbreak investigations it can be difficult to isolate the relevant strain from food and/or environmental sources. If the sample is contaminated by more than one strain of the pathogen the relevant strain might be missed. In this study mixed cultures of Salmonella enterica were grown in one set of standard enrichment media to see if culture bias patterns emerged. Nineteen strains representing four serogroups and ten serotypes were compared in four-strain mixtures in Salmonella-o...

  18. The New Stories/New Cultures after-school enrichment program: a direct cultural intervention.

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    Frank, G; Fishman, M; Crowley, C; Blair, B; Murphy, S T; Montoya, J A; Hickey, M P; Brancaccio, M V; Bensimon, E M

    2001-01-01

    This article describes the organization, curriculum, and outcomes for New Stories/New Cultures, an activity-based program for after-school enrichment in five schools in the low-income neighborhood near a major American university. The program encourages students (70% Hispanic-American, 30% African-American) to experience themselves as producers of culture, not just as consumers. Its methods include (a) creative team use of video equipment and other expressive media and (b) lessons about media literacy (i.e., making critical choices about images and activities depicted in popular culture and commercials). Outcome measures with the cohort of fifth and sixth graders support the programs occupation-based philosophy. They show that students are more likely to experience themselves as building skills when engaged in activities that are both challenging and enjoyable. The students reported greatest engagement and enjoyment in activities that were creative, team-based, and involving media production. These same activities were correlated with increased self-esteem. The term direct cultural intervention is used to describe the application of occupational principles and critical perspectives to provide a population with conceptual tools and skills for interpreting and successfully navigating the social world. PMID:14601809

  19. Utilization of aminoaromatic acids by a methanogenic enrichment culture and by a novel Citrobacter freundii strain

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    Savelieva, O.; Kotova, I.; Roelofsen, W; Stams, A J M; Netrusov, A.

    2004-01-01

    Following incubation of mesophilic methanogenic floccular sludge from a lab-scale upflow anaerobic sludge bed reactor used to treat cattle manure wastewater, a stable 5-aminosalicylate-degrading enrichment culture was obtained. Subsequently, a Citrobacter freundii strain, WA1, was isolated from the 5-aminosalicylate-degrading methanogenic consortium. The methanogenic enrichment culture degraded 5-aminosalicylate completely to CH4, CO2 and NH4 , while C. freundii strain WA1 reduced 5-aminosal...

  20. Enrichment methodology to increase the positivity of cultures from body fluids

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    Alessandra Valle Daur; Francisco Klimak Jr.; Laura Lúcia Cogo; Gislene Diógenes Botão; Cristina Leise Bastos Monteiro; Libera Maria Dalla Costa

    2006-01-01

    Isolation and identification of etiological agents found in body fluids can be of critical importance for the recovery of patients suffering from potentially-severe infections, which are often followed by serious sequels. Eighty-two samples of different body fluids were analyzed using two different methods: (1) the conventional culture method (agar plating) and (2) the enrichment culture technique, using the Bact/Alert® blood culture bottle. The number of positive cultures increased on avera...

  1. Enrichment methodology to increase the positivity of cultures from body fluids

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    Alessandra Valle, Daur; Francisco, Klimak Jr.; Laura Lúcia, Cogo; Gislene Diógenes, Botão; Cristina Leise Bastos, Monteiro; Libera Maria, Dalla Costa.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Isolation and identification of etiological agents found in body fluids can be of critical importance for the recovery of patients suffering from potentially-severe infections, which are often followed by serious sequels. Eighty-two samples of different body fluids were analyzed using two different [...] methods: (1) the conventional culture method (agar plating) and (2) the enrichment culture technique, using the Bact/Alert® blood culture bottle. The number of positive cultures increased on average from 9.7% to 23.1% with the enrichment culture technique. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were the most frequently isolated bacteria. The enrichment method could provide a more accurate means the identifying etiological agents.

  2. Enrichment methodology to increase the positivity of cultures from body fluids

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    Alessandra Valle Daur

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Isolation and identification of etiological agents found in body fluids can be of critical importance for the recovery of patients suffering from potentially-severe infections, which are often followed by serious sequels. Eighty-two samples of different body fluids were analyzed using two different methods: (1 the conventional culture method (agar plating and (2 the enrichment culture technique, using the Bact/Alert® blood culture bottle. The number of positive cultures increased on average from 9.7% to 23.1% with the enrichment culture technique. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were the most frequently isolated bacteria. The enrichment method could provide a more accurate means the identifying etiological agents.

  3. Enhanced production and isotope enrichment of recombinant glycoproteins produced in cultured mammalian cells

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    Skelton, David; Goodyear, Abbey [Florida State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (United States); Ni, DaQun; Walton, Wendy J.; Rolle, Myron; Hare, Joan T. [Florida State University, Institute of Molecular Biophysics (United States); Logan, Timothy M., E-mail: tlogan@fsu.ed [Florida State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (United States)

    2010-10-15

    NMR studies of post-translationally modified proteins are complicated by the lack of an efficient method to produce isotope enriched recombinant proteins in cultured mammalian cells. We show that reducing the glucose concentration and substituting glutamate for glutamine in serum-free medium increased cell viability while simultaneously increasing recombinant protein yield and the enrichment of non-essential amino acids compared to culture in unmodified, serum-free medium. Adding dichloroacetate, a pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibitor, further improves cell viability, recombinant protein yield, and isotope enrichment. We demonstrate the method by producing partially enriched recombinant Thy1 glycoprotein from Lec1 Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells using U-{sup 13}C-glucose and {sup 15}N-glutamate as labeled precursors. This study suggests that uniformly {sup 15}N,{sup 13}C-labeled recombinant proteins may be produced in cultured mammalian cells starting from a mixture of labeled essential amino acids, glucose, and glutamate.

  4. Enhanced production and isotope enrichment of recombinant glycoproteins produced in cultured mammalian cells

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    NMR studies of post-translationally modified proteins are complicated by the lack of an efficient method to produce isotope enriched recombinant proteins in cultured mammalian cells. We show that reducing the glucose concentration and substituting glutamate for glutamine in serum-free medium increased cell viability while simultaneously increasing recombinant protein yield and the enrichment of non-essential amino acids compared to culture in unmodified, serum-free medium. Adding dichloroacetate, a pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibitor, further improves cell viability, recombinant protein yield, and isotope enrichment. We demonstrate the method by producing partially enriched recombinant Thy1 glycoprotein from Lec1 Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells using U-13C-glucose and 15N-glutamate as labeled precursors. This study suggests that uniformly 15N,13C-labeled recombinant proteins may be produced in cultured mammalian cells starting from a mixture of labeled essential amino acids, glucose, and glutamate.

  5. Isolation of Methylophaga spp. from Marine Dimethylsulfide-Degrading Enrichment Cultures and Identification of Polypeptides Induced during Growth on Dimethylsulfide?

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    Schäfer, Hendrik

    2007-01-01

    Dimethylsulfide (DMS)-degrading enrichment cultures were established from samples of coastal seawater, nonaxenic Emiliania huxleyi cultures, and mixed marine methyl halide-degrading enrichment cultures. Bacterial populations from a broad phylogenetic range were identified in the mixed DMS-degrading enrichment cultures by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Sequences of dominant DGGE bands were similar to those of members of the genera Methylophaga and Alcanivorax. Several closely ...

  6. Summary report on the aerobic degradation of diesel fuel and the degradation of toluene under aerobic, denitrifying and sulfate reducing conditions

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    Coyne, P.; Smith, G. [New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM (United States)

    1995-08-15

    This report contains a number of studies that were performed to better understand the technology of the biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons. Topics of investigation include the following: diesel fuel degradation by Rhodococcus erythropolis; BTEX degradation by soil isolates; aerobic degradation of diesel fuel-respirometry; aerobic degradation of diesel fuel-shake culture; aerobic toluene degradation by A3; effect of HEPES, B1, and myo-inositol addition on the growth of A3; aerobic and anaerobic toluene degradation by contaminated soils; denitrifying bacteria MPNs; sulfate-reducing bacteria MPNs; and aerobic, DNB and SRB enrichments.

  7. An Effectiveness Study of a Culturally Enriched School-Based CBT Anxiety Prevention Program

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    Miller, Lynn D.; Laye-Gindhu, Aviva; Bennett, Joanna L.; Liu, Yan; Gold, Stephenie; March, John S.; Olson, Brent F.; Waechtler, Vanessa E.

    2011-01-01

    Anxiety disorders are prevalent in the school-aged population and are present across cultural groups. Scant research exists on culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs for mental health problems in the Aboriginal populations. An established cognitive behavioral program, FRIENDS for Life, was enriched to include content that was…

  8. Use of ?-hexachlorocyclohexane as a terminal electron acceptor by an anaerobic enrichment culture

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    Highlights: ? Use of ?-hexachlorocyclohexane as a terminal electron acceptor was demonstrated. ? H2 served as the electron donor for an enrichment culture that dechlorinated ?-HCH. ? H2 consumption for acetogenesis and methanogenesis stopped in HEPES media. ? Addition of vancomycin significantly slowed the rate of ?-HCH dechlorination. ? Previously identified chlororespiring microbes were not detected in the enrichment. - Abstract: The use of ?-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) as a terminal electron acceptor via organohalide respiration was demonstrated for the first time with an enrichment culture grown in a sulfate-free HEPES-buffered anaerobic mineral salts medium. The enrichment culture was initially developed with soil and groundwater from an industrial site contaminated with HCH isomers, chlorinated benzenes, and chlorinated ethenes. When hydrogen served as the electron donor, 79–90% of the electron equivalents from hydrogen were used by the enrichment culture for reductive dechlorination of the ?-HCH, which was provided at a saturation concentration of approximately 10 mg/L. Benzene and chlorobenzene were the only volatile transformation products detected, accounting for 25% and 75% of the ?-HCH consumed (on a molar basis), respectively. The enrichment culture remained active with only hydrogen as the electron donor and ?-HCH as the electron acceptor through several transfers to fresh mineral salts medium for more than one yeum for more than one year. Addition of vancomycin to the culture significantly slowed the rate of ?-HCH dechlorination, suggesting that a Gram-positive organism is responsible for the reduction of ?-HCH. Analysis of the ?-HCH dechlorinating enrichment culture did not detect any known chlororespiring genera, including Dehalobacter. In bicarbonate-buffered medium, reductive dechlorination of ?-HCH was accompanied by significant levels of acetogenesis as well as methanogenesis.

  9. Use of {gamma}-hexachlorocyclohexane as a terminal electron acceptor by an anaerobic enrichment culture

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    Elango, Vijai, E-mail: velango@g.clemson.edu [Hazardous Substance Research Center/South and Southwest, Louisiana State University, 3221 Patrick Taylor Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Kurtz, Harry D. [Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University, 100 Jordan Hall, Clemson, SC 29634 (United States); Anderson, Christina; Freedman, David L. [Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Box 340919, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0919 (United States)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Use of {gamma}-hexachlorocyclohexane as a terminal electron acceptor was demonstrated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2} served as the electron donor for an enrichment culture that dechlorinated {gamma}-HCH. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2} consumption for acetogenesis and methanogenesis stopped in HEPES media. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Addition of vancomycin significantly slowed the rate of {gamma}-HCH dechlorination. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Previously identified chlororespiring microbes were not detected in the enrichment. - Abstract: The use of {gamma}-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) as a terminal electron acceptor via organohalide respiration was demonstrated for the first time with an enrichment culture grown in a sulfate-free HEPES-buffered anaerobic mineral salts medium. The enrichment culture was initially developed with soil and groundwater from an industrial site contaminated with HCH isomers, chlorinated benzenes, and chlorinated ethenes. When hydrogen served as the electron donor, 79-90% of the electron equivalents from hydrogen were used by the enrichment culture for reductive dechlorination of the {gamma}-HCH, which was provided at a saturation concentration of approximately 10 mg/L. Benzene and chlorobenzene were the only volatile transformation products detected, accounting for 25% and 75% of the {gamma}-HCH consumed (on a molar basis), respectively. The enrichment culture remained active with only hydrogen as the electron donor and {gamma}-HCH as the electron acceptor through several transfers to fresh mineral salts medium for more than one year. Addition of vancomycin to the culture significantly slowed the rate of {gamma}-HCH dechlorination, suggesting that a Gram-positive organism is responsible for the reduction of {gamma}-HCH. Analysis of the {gamma}-HCH dechlorinating enrichment culture did not detect any known chlororespiring genera, including Dehalobacter. In bicarbonate-buffered medium, reductive dechlorination of {gamma}-HCH was accompanied by significant levels of acetogenesis as well as methanogenesis.

  10. Characteristics of enriched cultures for bio-huff-`n`-puff tests at Jilin oil field

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    Xiu-Yuan Wang; Gang Dai; Yan-Fen Xue; Shu-Hua Xie [Institute of Microbiology, Beijing (China)] [and others

    1995-12-31

    Three enriched cultures (48, 15a, and 26a), selected from more than 80 soil and water samples, could grow anaerobically in the presence of crude oil at 30{degrees}C and could ferment molasses to gases and organic acids. Oil recovery by culture 48 in the laboratory model experiment was enhanced by 25.2% over the original reserves and by 53.7% over the residual reserves. Enriched culture 48 was composed of at least 4 species belonging to the genera Eubacterium, Fusobacterium, and Bacteroides. This enriched culture was used as inoculum for MEOR field trials at Jilin oil field with satisfactory results. The importance of the role of these isolates in EOR was confirmed by their presence and behavior in the fluids produced from the microbiologically treated reservoir.

  11. A strict anaerobic extreme thermophilic hydrogen-producing culture enriched from digested household waste

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    Karakashev, Dimitar Borisov; Kotay, Shireen Meher

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to enrich, characterize and identify strict anaerobic extreme thermophilic hydrogen (H-2) producers from digested household solid wastes. A strict anaerobic extreme thermophilic H-2 producing bacterial culture was enriched from a lab-scale digester treating household wastes at 70 degrees C. The enriched mixed culture consisted of two rod-shaped bacterial members growing at an optimal temperature of 80 degrees C and an optimal pH 8.1. The culture was able to utilize glucose, galactose, mannose, xylose, arabinose, maltose, sucrose, pyruvate and glycerol as carbon sources. Growth on glucose produced acetate, H-2 and carbon dioxide. Maximal H-2 production rate on glucose was 1.1 mmol l(-1) h(-1) with a maximum H-2 yield of 1.9 mole H-2 per mole glucose. 16S ribosomal DNA clone library analyses showed that the culture members were phylogenetically affiliated to the genera Bacillus and Clostridium. Relative abundance of the culture members, assessed by fluorescence in situ hybridization, were 87 +/- 5% and 13 +/- 5% for Bacillus and Clostridium, respectively. An extreme thermophilic, strict anaerobic, mixed microbial culture with H-2-producing potential was enriched from digested household wastes. This study provided a culture with a potential to be applied in reactor systems for extreme thermophilic H-2 production from complex organic wastes.

  12. Enrichment of nitrous oxide reducing bacteria from coastal marsh sediments

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    Khuong B. T. Nguyen

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available We attempted to recover organisms capable of respiratory nitrous oxide reduction with acetate as an electron donor from a variety of coastal marine sediments from Lavaca Bay area, Texas by use of liquid enrichment cultures. Putative positive cultures were analyzed by amplifying eubacterial and archaeal 16S rRNA gene fragments and analyzing their diversity by separating them by a denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE. No Archaea was detected in our enrichments; however, positive enrichments from coastal salt marsh indicated the presence of putative nitrous oxide reducing bacteria. DGGE patterns of the amplified DNA were similar between enrichments, with ca. 7 obvious bands. The dominant bands were tentatively identified as members of the Gammaproteobacteria class, closely related to various denitrifying pseudomonads. Our results indicate that coastal marine environments may sustain a nitrous oxide reducing community, although nitrous oxide reduction is probably an opportunistic form of metabolism in that environment.

  13. Identification of active denitrifiers in full-scale nutrient removal wastewater treatment systems

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    McIlroy, Simon Jon; Szyszka, Anna

    2015-01-01

    Denitrification is essential to the removal of nitrogen from wastewater during treatment, yet an understanding of the diversity of the active denitrifying bacteria responsible in full-scale wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) is lacking. In this study stable isotope probing (SIP) was applied in combination with microautoradiography (MAR)-fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) to identify the active denitrifiers in a full-scale WWTP with biological N and P removal. Recognising that a range of carbon sources likely drive denitrification, a fully 13 C-labelled complex substrate was used for SIP incubations, under nitrite reducing conditions, in order to better capture the diversity of active denitrifiers present. Members of the Rhodoferax, Dechloromonas and Sulfuritalea were well represented in the 16S rRNA gene clone libraries from DNA enriched in 13 C, with FISH probes designed here for their in situ characterisation. FISH and MAR confirmed that they were core active denitrifiers in the community. The SIP clone library was additionally represented by a phylogenetically diverse group of organisms, with many previously not considered as important denitrifiers. The combined approach of SIP and MAR-FISH represents an excellent approach for identifying and characterising un-described diversity of active denitrifiers in full-scale systems.

  14. Characteristics of anaerobic oxalate-degrading enrichment cultures from the rumen.

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    Dawson, K.A.; Allison, M. J.; Hartman, P. A.

    1980-01-01

    Enrichment cultures of rumen bacteria degraded oxalate within 3 to 7 days in a medium containing 10% rumen fluid and an initial level of 45 mM sodium oxalate. This capability was maintained in serially transferred cultures. One mole of methane was produced per 3.8 mol of oxalate degraded. Molecular hydrogen and formate inhibited oxalate degradation but not methanogenesis; benzyl viologen and chloroform inhibited both oxalate degradation and methanogenesis. Attempts to isolate oxalate-degradin...

  15. Biodegradation of endocrine disruptors in solid-liquid two-phase partitioning systems by enrichment cultures.

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    Villemur, Richard; Dos Santos, Silvia Cristina Cunha; Ouellette, Julianne; Juteau, Pierre; Lépine, François; Déziel, Eric

    2013-08-01

    Naturally occurring and synthetic estrogens and other molecules from industrial sources strongly contribute to the endocrine disruption of urban wastewater. Because of the presence of these molecules in low but effective concentrations in wastewaters, these endocrine disruptors (EDs) are only partially removed after most wastewater treatments, reflecting the presence of these molecules in rivers in urban areas. The development of a two-phase partitioning bioreactor (TPPB) might be an effective strategy for the removal of EDs from wastewater plant effluents. Here, we describe the establishment of three ED-degrading microbial enrichment cultures adapted to a solid-liquid two-phase partitioning system using Hytrel as the immiscible water phase and loaded with estrone, estradiol, estriol, ethynylestradiol, nonylphenol, and bisphenol A. All molecules except ethynylestradiol were degraded in the enrichment cultures. The bacterial composition of the three enrichment cultures was determined using 16S rRNA gene sequencing and showed sequences affiliated with bacteria associated with the degradation of these compounds, such as Sphingomonadales. One Rhodococcus isolate capable of degrading estrone, estradiol, and estriol was isolated from one enrichment culture. These results highlight the great potential for the development of TPPB for the degradation of highly diluted EDs in water effluents. PMID:23728808

  16. Erythrocyte enrichment in hematopoietic progenitor cell cultures based on magnetic susceptibility of the hemoglobin.

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    Jin, Xiaoxia; Abbot, Stewart; Zhang, Xiaokui; Kang, Lin; Voskinarian-Berse, Vanessa; Zhao, Rui; Kameneva, Marina V; Moore, Lee R; Chalmers, Jeffrey J; Zborowski, Maciej

    2012-01-01

    Using novel media formulations, it has been demonstrated that human placenta and umbilical cord blood-derived CD34+ cells can be expanded and differentiated into erythroid cells with high efficiency. However, obtaining mature and functional erythrocytes from the immature cell cultures with high purity and in an efficient manner remains a significant challenge. A distinguishing feature of a reticulocyte and maturing erythrocyte is the increasing concentration of hemoglobin and decreasing cell volume that results in increased cell magnetophoretic mobility (MM) when exposed to high magnetic fields and gradients, under anoxic conditions. Taking advantage of these initial observations, we studied a noninvasive (label-free) magnetic separation and analysis process to enrich and identify cultured functional erythrocytes. In addition to the magnetic cell separation and cell motion analysis in the magnetic field, the cell cultures were characterized for cell sedimentation rate, cell volume distributions using differential interference microscopy, immunophenotyping (glycophorin A), hemoglobin concentration and shear-induced deformability (elongation index, EI, by ektacytometry) to test for mature erythrocyte attributes. A commercial, packed column high-gradient magnetic separator (HGMS) was used for magnetic separation. The magnetically enriched fraction comprised 80% of the maturing cells (predominantly reticulocytes) that showed near 70% overlap of EI with the reference cord blood-derived RBC and over 50% overlap with the adult donor RBCs. The results demonstrate feasibility of label-free magnetic enrichment of erythrocyte fraction of CD34+ progenitor-derived cultures based on the presence of paramagnetic hemoglobin in the maturing erythrocytes. PMID:22952572

  17. Utilization of aminoaromatic acids by a methanogenic enrichment culture and by a novel Citrobacter freundii strain.

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    Savelieva, Olga; Kotova, Irina; Roelofsen, Wim; Stams, Alfons J M; Netrusov, Alexander

    2004-02-01

    Following incubation of mesophilic methanogenic floccular sludge from a lab-scale upflow anaerobic sludge bed reactor used to treat cattle manure wastewater, a stable 5-aminosalicylate-degrading enrichment culture was obtained. Subsequently, a Citrobacter freundii strain, WA1, was isolated from the 5-aminosalicylate-degrading methanogenic consortium. The methanogenic enrichment culture degraded 5-aminosalicylate completely to CH4, CO2 and NH4+, while C. freundii strain WA1 reduced 5-aminosalicylate with simultaneous deamination to 2-hydroxybenzyl alcohol during anaerobic growth with electron donors such as pyruvate, glucose or serine. When grown on pyruvate, C. freundii WA1 converted 3-aminobenzoate to benzyl alcohol and also reduced benzaldehyde to benzyl alcohol. Pyruvate was fermented to acetate, CO2, H2 and small amounts of lactate, succinate and formate. Less lactate (30%) was produced from pyruvate when C. freundii WA1 grew with 5-aminosalicylate as co-substrate. PMID:14716473

  18. The importance of local events in enriching the cultural and tourism offer

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    Spasojevi? Bojana

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the municipality of Ruma twenty five events take place per year. Most of these events have local or regional character. The event "Christmas Street" is the youngest event which is being organized in Ruma, the first time was held in late 2011. The subject of this paper is to study this event that complements the existing tourism offer of Ruma as potential tourist destination of Vojvodina. The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of this event in the cultural enrichment of Ruma and its surroundings as well as the development of event tourism and positive presentation of the Municipality of Ruma. The significance of local events for enrichment of cultural-tourism offer will be presented as Case study of “Christmas street” in the city of Ruma. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 176020

  19. Enrichment and characterization of chlorinated organophosphate ester-degrading mixed bacterial cultures.

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    Takahashi, Shouji; Kawashima, Koji; Kawasaki, Manami; Kamito, Jun; Endo, Yusuke; Akatsu, Kumiko; Horino, Sadatoshi; Yamada, Ryo-Hei; Kera, Yoshio

    2008-07-01

    Chlorinated organophosphate ester (OPE)-degrading enrichment cultures were obtained using tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) or tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) as the sole phosphorus source. In cultures with 46 environmental samples, significant TCEP and TDCPP degradation was observed in 10 and 3 cultures, respectively, and successive subcultivation markedly increased their degradation rates. 67E and 45D stable enrichment cultures obtained with TCEP and TDCPP, respectively, completely degraded 20 muM of the respective compounds within 6 h and also the other, although the degradation rate of TCEP by 45D was relatively slow. We confirmed chloride ion generation on degradation in both cases and the generation of 2-chloroethanol (2-CE) and 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (1,3-DCP) as metabolites of TCEP and TDCPP, respectively. 67E and 45D also showed dehalogenation ability toward 2-CE and 1,3-DCP, respectively. Addition of inorganic phosphate did not significantly influence their ability to degrade the chlorinated OPEs but markedly increased their dehalogenation ability, which was maximum at 0.2 mM of inorganic phosphate and decreased at a higher concentration. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis analysis showed that dominant bacteria in 67E are related to Acidovorax spp. and Sphingomonas spp. and those in 45D are Acidovorax spp., Aquabacterium spp., and Sphingomonas spp. This analysis indicated the relationship of the Sphingomonas- and Acidovorax-related bacteria with the cleavage of the phosphoester bond and dehalogenation, respectively, in both cultures. This is the first report on bacterial enrichment cultures capable of degrading both TCEP and TDCPP. PMID:18691527

  20. Anaerobic Degradation of Pristane in Nitrate-Reducing Microcosms and Enrichment Cultures

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    Bregnard, T. P.; Haner, A.; Hohener, P.; Zeyer, J.

    1997-01-01

    Microcosm studies were conducted under nitrate-reducing conditions with diesel fuel-contaminated aquifer material from a site treated by in situ bioremediation. In the microcosms, the consumption of nitrate and the production of inorganic carbon were strongly stimulated by the addition of the isoprenoid alkane pristane (2,6,10,14-tetramethylpentadecane). Within 102 days enrichment cultures degraded more than 90% of the pristane supplied as coatings on reticulated sinter glass rings. The study...

  1. Metabolic by-products of anaerobic toluene degradation by sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures.

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    Beller, H. R.; Reinhard, M.; Grbic?-galic?, D.

    1992-01-01

    Two dead-end metabolites of anaerobic toluene transformation, benzylsuccinic acid and benzylfumaric acid, accumulated in sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures that were fed toluene as the sole carbon source. Stable isotope-labeled toluene and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were used to confirm that the compounds resulted from toluene metabolism. The two metabolites constituted less than 10% of the toluene carbon (over 80% was mineralized to carbon dioxide, according to a previous study)....

  2. Identification of putative benzene-degrading bacteria in methanogenic enrichment cultures.

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    Sakai, Nahoko; Kurisu, Futoshi; Yagi, Osami; Nakajima, Fumiyuki; Yamamoto, Kazuo

    2009-12-01

    Anaerobic benzene-degrading enrichment cultures performing methanogenesis were obtained from non-contaminated lotus field soil. Stable isotope probing with 13C benzene was used to detect the bacteria that were involved in benzene degradation. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) of fractionated samples exhibited an obvious shift of some DGGE bands to a heavier DNA fraction. An almost full-length 16S rRNA gene sequence corresponding to the DGGE band, namely Hasda-A, was obtained by constructing a clone library of the heavier fraction. The Hasda-A sequence showed only 85.1% identity with the closest identified bacterium, Syntrophus gentianae. Hasda-A may be an important bacterium involved in the initial steps of benzene degradation under methanogenic conditions, as it was the most prominent bacterium that assimilated labeled benzene early in the process of benzene degradation. A primer set was designed to quantify the gene copies of Hasda-A by quantitative PCR. Hasda-A was present at a concentration of (3.5+/-0.8) x 10(6) copies/mL and represented 8.4% of gene copies among bacteria in the enrichment culture. The enrichment culture consisted of three dominant bacterial groups: Hasda-A and both aceticlastic and hydrogenotrophic methanogens. Methane is believed to be produced from benzene by the sequential degradation of benzene by fermenting bacteria, hydrogen-producing acetogens, and methanogens. PMID:19914583

  3. Enrichment and optimization of anaerobic bacterial mixed culture for conversion of syngas to ethanol.

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    Singla, Ashish; Verma, Dipti; Lal, Banwari; Sarma, Priyangshu M

    2014-11-01

    The main aim of the present study was to enrich anaerobic mixed bacterial culture capable of producing ethanol from synthesis gas fermentation. Screening of thirteen anaerobic strains together with enrichment protocol helped to develop an efficient mixed culture capable of utilizing syngas for ethanol production. Physiological and operational parameters were optimized for enhanced ethanol production. The optimized value of operational parameters i.e. initial media pH, incubation temperature, initial syngas pressure, and agitation speed were 6.0±0.1, 37°C, 2kgcm(-2) and 100rpm respectively. Under these conditions ethanol and acetic acid production by the selected mixed culture were 1.54gL(-1) and 0.8gL(-1) respectively. Furthermore, up-scaling studies in semi-continuous fermentation mode further enhanced ethanol and acetic acid production up to 2.2gL(-1) and 0.9gL(-1) respectively. Mixed culture TERI SA1 was efficient for ethanol production by syngas fermentation. PMID:25233475

  4. Enriched rat primary ventral mesencephalic neurons as an in-vitro culture model.

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    Bollimpelli, Venkata S; Kondapi, Anand K

    2015-08-19

    Primary ventral mesencephalic (VM) neuronal cultures are gaining importance in the study of molecular mechanisms leading to Parkinson's disease and development of treatment strategies. In practice, these neurons are cocultured with glial cells, making assessment of neuronal specific proteomic and genomic analyses difficult. Hence, development of VM neuron-enriched culture is indispensable for such analyses. In the current study, VM neurons with less than 5% of glial cells in culture were found to survive for 9 days in vitro (DIV), followed by a sudden death phase resulting in less than 5% of neuronal viability. Analysis of expression of precursor and mature neuronal markers, Nestin and MAP-2, respectively, has shown that these VM neurons attain maturity at the 7th DIV both in the presence and in the absence of glial cells. This VM neuron-enriched culture was shown to be rich in dopaminergic neurons from 7th DIV and survived up to 10th DIV. Reactive oxygen species and DNA damage estimated using CMH2CDFDA dye and comet assay, respectively, showed an increase in their respective levels at 9th DIV. Furthermore, expression of topoisomerase II ?, a key player in neuronal development, was found to increase until 9th DIV, followed by a sudden decrease on 10th DIV. In conclusion, the above results provide a good working model of VM neurons in vitro along with 7th DIV as an ideal time period to study and evaluate the pro/antisurvival effects of various compounds on VM neurons. PMID:26164462

  5. Establishment and Characterization of an Anaerobic Thermophilic (55 degrees C) Enrichment Culture Degrading Long-Chain Fatty Acids

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    Angelidaki, Irini; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    1995-01-01

    A thermophilic, long-chain fatty acid-oxidizing culture was enriched. Stearate was used as the substrate, and methane and carbon dioxide were the sole end products. Cultivation was possible only when a fed-batch system was used or with addition of activated carbon or bentonite. The enrichment culture consisted of a short rod and two bacteria antigenically related to Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum DELTA-H and Methanosarcina thermophila TM-1.

  6. Tetrachloromethane-Degrading Bacterial Enrichment Cultures and Isolates from a Contaminated Aquifer

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    Christian Penny

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The prokaryotic community of a groundwater aquifer exposed to high concentrations of tetrachloromethane (CCl4 for more than three decades was followed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP during pump-and-treat remediation at the contamination source. Bacterial enrichments and isolates were obtained under selective anoxic conditions, and degraded 10 mg·L?1 CCl4, with less than 10% transient formation of chloroform. Dichloromethane and chloromethane were not detected. Several tetrachloromethane-degrading strains were isolated from these enrichments, including bacteria from the Klebsiella and Clostridium genera closely related to previously described CCl4 degrading bacteria, and strain TM1, assigned to the genus Pelosinus, for which this property was not yet described. Pelosinus sp. TM1, an oxygen-tolerant, Gram-positive bacterium with strictly anaerobic metabolism, excreted a thermostable metabolite into the culture medium that allowed extracellular CCl4 transformation. As estimated by T-RFLP, phylotypes of CCl4-degrading enrichment cultures represented less than 7%, and archaeal and Pelosinus strains less than 0.5% of the total prokaryotic groundwater community.

  7. Integrated biogas upgrading and hydrogen utilization in an anaerobic reactor containing enriched hydrogenotrophic methanogenic culture

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    Luo, Gang; Angelidaki, Irini

    2012-01-01

    Biogas produced by anaerobic digestion, is mainly used in a gas motor for heat and electricity production. However, after removal of CO2, biogas can be upgraded to natural gas quality, giving more utilization possibilities, such as utilization as autogas, or distant utilization by using the existing natural gas grid. The current study presents a new biological method for biogas upgrading in a separate biogas reactor, containing enriched hydrogenotrophic methanogens and fed with biogas and hydrogen. Both mesophilic- and thermophilic anaerobic cultures were enriched to convert CO2 to CH4 by addition of H2. Enrichment at thermophilic temperature (55°C) resulted in CO2 and H2 bioconversion rate of 320?mL CH4/(gVSS?h), which was more than 60% higher than that under mesophilic temperature (37°C). Different dominant species were found at mesophilic- and thermophilic-enriched cultures, as revealed by PCR–DGGE. Nonetheless, they all belonged to the order Methanobacteriales, which can mediate hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis. Biogas upgrading was then tested in a thermophilic anaerobic reactor under various operation conditions. By continuous addition of hydrogen in the biogas reactor, high degree of biogas upgrading was achieved. The produced biogas had a CH4 content, around 95% at steady-state, at gas (mixture of biogas and hydrogen) injection rate of 6?L/(L?day). The increase of gas injection rate to 12?L/(L?day) resulted in the decrease of CH4 content to around 90%. Further study showed that by decreasing the gas–liquid mass transfer by increasing the stirring speed of the mixture the CH4 content was increased to around 95%. Finally, the CH4 content around 90% was achieved in this study with the gas injection rate as high as 24?L/(L?day). Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2012; 109: 2729–2736. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Large scale production of Blackleg vaccine by fermenter and enriched culture medium in Iran

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    Pilehchian Langroudi, R.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In all biological systems growth is defined as increase of chemical compounds. Bacteria can achieve to balanced growth if they are growing in a medium, which are completely adapted to it. Clostridium chauvoei, (Clostridium feseri is an anaerobic, spore forming, motile, and polymorph bacteria, which its size varies from 0.5-1 to 3-8 micron and could be observed as individual bacterium, diplo, and rarely streptococcus. Blackleg is a fatal disease of young cattle. It produces an acute local infection, and the resulting blood poisoning leads to rapid death. Clostridium chauvoei and, less frequently, Clostridium septicum are the most commonly responsible organisms. Vaccination is the only effective means for controlling of blackleg disease. Several kinds of vaccine are available commercially. It is 4 decades that blackleg vaccine is produced in Razi institute and because of enhanced demand of country, decision was made to improve the production procedure of this vaccine using large-scale fermenter, so the aim of this study was adaptation of Clostridium chauvoei to growth and proliferation in fermenter for preparation of a potent vaccine. Accordingly attempts were made to prepare and formulate the ingredients in order to obtain high yield of Clostridium chauvoei in culture medium by fermenter. All experiments were done in two sets: A-growth in glass bottles using conventional culture medium and B-growth in fermenter using conventional culture medium similar to A and also enriched culture medium. Results showed high yield of Clostridium chauvoei suspension in fermenter after 10 hours, using enriched culture medium (more than 1,480,000,000 organisms/ml, but no significant changes was obtained in glass bottles conditions comparing to the fermenter conditions. The safety and potency of the prepared vaccine was determined in sheep and guinea pigs according to British pharmacopoeia (veterinary with satisfactory results. Since this research has been successfully done in Razi research institute, so the mono valent inactivated blackleg vaccine, using the enriched culture medium is currently producing by fermenter and is used for immunization of cattles in Iran.

  9. Kinetics of 1,2-Dichloroethane and 1,2-Dibromoethane Biodegradation in Anaerobic Enrichment Cultures

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    Yu, Rong; Peethambaram, Hari S.; Falta, Ronald W.; Verce, Matthew F.; Henderson, James K.; Bagwell, Christopher E.; Brigmon, Robin L.; Freedman, David L

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    1,2-Dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) and 1,2-dibromoethane (ethylene dibromide [EDB]) contaminate groundwater at many hazardous waste sites. The objectives of this study were to measure yields, maximum specific growth rates (??), and half-saturation coefficients (KS) in enrichment cultures that use 1,2-DCA and EDB as terminal electron acceptors and lactate as the electron donor and to evaluate if the presence of EDB has an effect on the kinetics of 1,2-DCA dehalogenation and vice versa. Biodegradatio...

  10. Properties of dissimilatory nitrate reductase purified from the denitrifier Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Carlson, C. A.; Ferguson, L P; Ingraham, J L

    1982-01-01

    Dissimilatory nitrate reductase was purified to homogeneity from anaerobic cultures of the denitrifying bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The following procedures were used in the rapid isolation of this unstable enzyme: induction by nitrate in semianaerobic cell suspension, heat-stimulated activation and solubilization from the membrane fraction, and purification by hydrophobic interaction chromatography. The molecular weight of the purified enzyme was estimated by nondenaturing polyacrylami...

  11. Functional gene pyrosequencing and network analysis: an approach to examine the response of denitrifying bacteria to increased nitrogen supply in salt marsh sediments

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    JenniferL.Bowen

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Functional gene pyrosequencing is emerging as a useful tool to examine the diversity and abundance of microbes that facilitate key biogeochemical processes. One such process, denitrification, is of particular importance because it converts fixed nitrate (NO3- to N2 gas, which returns to the atmosphere. In N limited salt marshes, removal of NO3- prior to entering adjacent waters helps prevent eutrophication. Understanding the dynamics of salt marsh microbial denitrification is thus imperative for the maintenance of healthy coastal ecosystems. We used pyrosequencing of the nirS gene to examine the denitrifying community response to fertilization in experimentally enriched marsh plots. A key challenge in the analysis of sequence data derived from pyrosequencing is understanding whether small differences in gene sequences are ecologically meaningful. We apply a novel approach from information theory that determined that the optimal similarity level for clustering DNA sequences into OTUs, while still capturing the ecological complexity of the system, was 88% similarity. With this clustering, phylogenetic analysis yielded 6 dominant clades of denitrifiers, the largest of which, accounting for more than half of all the sequences collected, had no close cultured representatives. Of the 638 OTUs identified, only 11 were present in all plots and no single OTU was dominant. We did, however, find a large number of specialist OTUs that were present only in a single plot. The high degree of endemic OTUs, while accounting for a large proportion of the nirS diversity in the plots, were found in lower abundance than the generalist taxa. The proportion of specialist taxa increased with increasing supply of nutrients, suggesting that addition of fertilizer may create conditions that expand the niche space for denitrifying organisms and may enhance the genetic capacity for denitrification.

  12. Accelerated biotransformation of carbon tetrachloride and chloroform by sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures

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    The biotransformation of carbon tetrachloride (CT) and chloroform (CF) was examined with lactate- and acetate-grown sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures. Both cultures transformed CT, with approximately 50% reductively dechlorinated to CF and up to 10% to dichloromethane (DCM). Addition of cyanocobalamin increased the rate of CT transformation more than 100-fold. The principal product from [{sup 14}C]CT with cyanocobalamin added was carbon disulfide (CS{sub 2}); less than 3% was reduced to CF plus DCM. Autoclaved cultures that received cyanocobalamin were only one third as fast as their live counterparts, but produced similar amounts of CS{sub 2}. With CF, addition of cyanocobalamin to acetate- and lactate-grown cultures also increased the rate of transformation more than 100-fold. DCM was the principal transformation product until CF additions reached 270 mg/L, at which point almost no increase in DCM was observed. Thus, low levels of cyanocobalamin substantially accelerated the rate of CT and CF transformation and altered the distribution of products formed.

  13. Bacterial oxidation of dibromomethane and methyl bromide in natural waters and enrichment cultures

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    Goodwin, K.D.; Schaefer, J.K.; Oremland, R.S.

    1998-01-01

    Bacterial oxidation of 14CH2Br2 and 14CH3Br was measured in freshwater, estuarine, seawater, and hypersaline-alkaline samples. In general, bacteria from the various sites oxidized similar amounts of 14CH2Br2 and comparatively less 14CH3Br. Bacterial oxidation of 14CH3Br was rapid in freshwater samples compared to bacterial oxidation of 14CH3Br in more saline waters. Freshwater was also the only site in which methyl fluoride-sensitive bacteria (e.g., methanotrophs or nitrifiers) governed brominated methane oxidation. Half-life calculations indicated that bacterial oxidation of CH2Br2 was potentially significant in all of the waters tested. In contrast, only in freshwater was bacterial oxidation of CH3Br as fast as chemical removal. The values calculated for more saline sites suggested that bacterial oxidation of CH3Br was relatively slow compared to chemical and physical loss mechanisms. However, enrichment cultures demonstrated that bacteria in seawater can rapidly oxidize brominated methanes. Two distinct cultures of nonmethanotrophic methylotrophs were recovered; one of these cultures was able to utilize CH2Br2 as a sole carbon source, and the other was able to utilize CH3Br as a sole carbon source.

  14. Biogeochemical insights into microbe-mineral-fluid interactions in hydrothermal chimneys using enrichment culture.

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    Callac, Nolwenn; Rouxel, Olivier; Lesongeur, Françoise; Liorzou, Céline; Bollinger, Claire; Pignet, Patricia; Chéron, Sandrine; Fouquet, Yves; Rommevaux-Jestin, Céline; Godfroy, Anne

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    Active hydrothermal chimneys host diverse microbial communities exhibiting various metabolisms including those involved in various biogeochemical cycles. To investigate microbe-mineral-fluid interactions in hydrothermal chimney and the driver of microbial diversity, a cultural approach using a gas-lift bioreactor was chosen. An enrichment culture was performed using crushed active chimney sample as inoculum and diluted hydrothermal fluid from the same vent as culture medium. Daily sampling provided time-series access to active microbial diversity and medium composition. Active archaeal and bacterial communities consisted mainly of sulfur, sulfate and iron reducers and hydrogen oxidizers with the detection of Thermococcus, Archaeoglobus, Geoglobus, Sulfurimonas and Thermotoga sequences. The simultaneous presence of active Geoglobus sp. and Archaeoglobus sp. argues against competition for available carbon sources and electron donors between sulfate and iron reducers at high temperature. This approach allowed the cultivation of microbial populations that were under-represented in the initial environmental sample. The microbial communities are heterogeneously distributed within the gas-lift bioreactor; it is unlikely that bulk mineralogy or fluid chemistry is the drivers of microbial community structure. Instead, we propose that micro-environmental niche characteristics, created by the interaction between the mineral grains and the fluid chemistry, are the main drivers of microbial diversity in natural systems. PMID:25778451

  15. Differential proliferative responses of cultured Schwann cells to axolemma- and myelin-enriched fractions. I. Biochemical studies

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    Cultured rat Schwann cells were treated for 72 h with axolemma- and myelin-enriched fractions prepared from rat brainstem. [3H]Thymidine was added to the cultures 48 h before the termination of the experiment. Although, both fractions produced a dose-dependent uptake of label into Schwann cells, the shape of the dose response curves and rates at which [3H]thymidine was incorporated were different. The axolemma-enriched fraction produced a sigmoid dose response curve with a Hill coefficient of...

  16. Selective enrichment and production of highly urease active bacteria by non-sterile (open) chemostat culture.

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    Cheng, Liang; Cord-Ruwisch, Ralf

    2013-10-01

    In general, bioprocesses can be subdivided into naturally occurring processes, not requiring sterility (e.g., beer brewing, wine making, lactic acid fermentation, or biogas digestion) and other processes (e.g., the production of enzymes and antibiotics) that typically require a high level of sterility to avoid contaminant microbes overgrowing the production strain. The current paper describes the sustainable, non-sterile production of an industrial enzyme using activated sludge as inoculum. By using selective conditions (high pH, high ammonia concentration, and presence of urea) for the target bacterium, highly active ureolytic bacteria, physiologically resembling Sporosarcina pasteurii were reproducibly enriched and then continuously produced via chemostat operation of the bioreactor. When using a pH of 10 and about 0.2 M urea in a yeast extract-based medium, ureolytic bacteria developed under aerobic chemostat operation at hydraulic retention times of about 10 h with urease levels of about 60 ?mol min?¹ ml?¹ culture. For cost minimization at an industrial scale the costly protein-rich yeast extract medium could be replaced by commercial milk powder or by lysed activated sludge. Glutamate, molasses, or glucose-based media did not result in the enrichment of ureolytic bacteria by the chemostat. The concentration of intracellular urease was sufficiently high such that the produced raw effluent from the reactor could be used directly for biocementation in the field. PMID:23892419

  17. Development of bioconcrete material using an enrichment culture of novel thermophilic anaerobic bacteria.

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    Ghosh, P; Mandal, S; Pal, S; Bandyopadhyaya, G; Chattopadhyay, B D

    2006-04-01

    In the biosphere, bacteria can function as geo-chemical agents, promoting the dispersion, fractionation and/or concentration of materials. Microbial mineral precipitation is resulted from metabolic activities of microorganisms. Based on this biomineralogy concept, an attempt has been made to develop bioconcrete material incorporating of an enrichment culture of thermophilic and anaerobic bacteria within cement-sand mortar/concrete. The results showed a significant increase in compressive strength of both cement-sand mortar and concrete due to the development of filler material within the pores of cement sand matrix. Maximum strength was observed at concentration 10(5)cell/ml of water used in mortar/concrete. Addition of Escherichia coil or media composition on mortar showed no such improvement in strength. PMID:16629379

  18. Anaerobic Cometabolic Conversion of Benzothiophene by a Sulfate-Reducing Enrichment Culture and in a Tar-Oil-Contaminated Aquifer†

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    Annweiler, Eva; Michaelis, Walter; Meckenstock, Rainer U.

    2001-01-01

    Anaerobic cometabolic conversion of benzothiophene was studied with a sulfate-reducing enrichment culture growing with naphthalene as the sole source of carbon and energy. The sulfate-reducing bacteria were not able to grow with benzothiophene as the primary substrate. Metabolite analysis was performed with culture supernatants obtained by cometabolization experiments and revealed the formation of three isomeric carboxybenzothiophenes. Two isomers were identified as 2-carboxybenzothiophene an...

  19. Continuous enrichment culture and molecular monitoring to investigate the microbial diversity of thermophiles inhabiting deep-sea hydrothermal ecosystems

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    Postec, Anne; Urios, Laurent; Lesongeur, Francoise; Ollivier, Bernard; Querellou, Joel; Godfroy, Anne

    2005-01-01

    The microflora developing during a continuous enrichment culture from a hydrothermal chimney sample was investigated by molecular methods. The culture was performed in a gas-lift bioreactor under anaerobic conditions, at 90 degrees C and pH 6.5, on a complex medium containing sulfur as the terminal electron acceptor. Archaeal and bacterial diversity was studied. Microorganisms affiliated with the genera Pyrococcus, Marinitoga, and Bacillus were detected through DGGE analysis of 16S rDNA. Addi...

  20. High yield derivation of enriched glutamatergic neurons from suspension-cultured mouse ESCs for neurotoxicology research

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    Hubbard Kyle S

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recently, there has been a strong emphasis on identifying an in vitro model for neurotoxicity research that combines the biological relevance of primary neurons with the scalability, reproducibility and genetic tractability of continuous cell lines. Derived neurons should be homotypic, exhibit neuron-specific gene expression and morphology, form functioning synapses and consistently respond to neurotoxins in a fashion indistinguishable from primary neurons. However, efficient methods to produce neuronal populations that are suitable alternatives to primary neurons have not been available. Methods With the objective of developing a more facile, robust and efficient method to generate enriched glutamatergic neuronal cultures, we evaluated the neurogenic capacity of three mouse embryonic stem cell (ESC lines (R1, C57BL/6 and D3 adapted to feeder-independent suspension culture. Neurogenesis and neuronal maturation were characterized as a function of time in culture using immunological, genomic, morphological and functional metrics. The functional responses of ESNs to neurotropic toxins with distinctly different targets and mechanisms of toxicity, such as glutamate, ?-latrotoxin (LTX, and botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT, were also evaluated. Results Suspension-adapted ESCs expressed markers of pluripotency through at least 30 passages, and differentiation produced 97×106 neural progenitor cells (NPCs per 10-cm dish. Greater than 99% of embryonic stem cell-derived neurons (ESNs expressed neuron-specific markers by 96 h after plating and rapidly developed complex axodendritic arbors and appropriate compartmentalization of neurotypic proteins. Expression profiling demonstrated the presence of transcripts necessary for neuronal function and confirmed that ESN populations were predominantly glutamatergic. Furthermore, ESNs were functionally receptive to all toxins with sensitivities and responses consistent with primary neurons. Conclusions These findings demonstrate a cost-effective, scalable and flexible method to produce a highly enriched glutamatergic neuron population. The functional characterization of pathophysiological responses to neurotropic toxins and the compatibility with multi-well plating formats were used to demonstrate the suitability of ESNs as a discovery platform for molecular mechanisms of action, moderate-throughput analytical approaches and diagnostic screening. Furthermore, for the first time we demonstrate a cell-based model that is sensitive to all seven BoNT serotypes with EC50 values comparable to those reported in primary neuron populations. These data providing compelling evidence that ESNs offer a neuromimetic platform suitable for the evaluation of molecular mechanisms of neurotoxicity.

  1. Sustained growth of explants from Mediterranean sponge Crambe crambe cultured in vitro with enriched RPMI 1640.

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    Garcia Camacho, F; Chileh, T; Cerón García, M C; Sanchez Mirón, A; Belarbi, E H; Contreras Gómez, A; Molina Grima, E

    2006-01-01

    Marine sponges are potential sources of many unique metabolites, including cytotoxic and anticancer compounds. Natural sponge populations are insufficient or inaccessible for producing commercial quantities of metabolites of interest. It is commonly accepted that tissue (fragments, explants, and primmorphs) and in vitro cell cultivation show great potential. However, there is little knowledge of the nutritional requirements of marine sponges to carry out efficient and sustained in vitro culture and progress has been slow. In marine invertebrate fila many unsuccessful attempts have been made with in vitro cultures using typical commercial animal cell media based on sources of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) (e.g., DMEM, RPMI, M199, L-15, etc.). One of the reasons for this failure is the use of hardly identifiable growth promoters, based on terrestrial animal sera. An alternative is the use of extracts from marine animals, since they may contain nutrients necessary for growth. In this work we have cultivated in vitro explants of the encrusting marine sponge Crambe crambe. It is one of the most abundant sponges on the Mediterranean coastline and also possesses an array of potentially active metabolites (crambines and crambescidins). Initially a new approach was developed in order to show consumption of DOC by explants. Thus, different initial DOC concentrations (300, 400, 700 and 1200 mg DOC L(-1)) were assayed. Consumption was evident in all four assays and was more marked in the first 6 h. The DOC assimilation data were adjusted to an empirical model widely used for uptake kinetics of organic dissolved compounds in marine invertebrates. Second, a protocol was established to cultivate explants in vitro. Different medium formulations based on RPMI 1640 commercial medium enriched with amino acids and inorganic salts to emulate seawater salinity were assayed. The enrichment of this medium with an Octopus aqueous extract in the proportions of 10% and 20% (v/v) resulted in an evident sustained long-term growth of C. crambe explants. This growth enhancement produced high metabolic activity in the explants, as is confirmed by the high ammonium and lactate content in the medium a few days after its renewal and by the consumption of glucose. The lactate accumulation increased with the size and age of explants. Prior to these experiments, we successfully developed a robust new alternative method, based on digital image treatment, for accurate determination of the explant apparent volume as growth measure. PMID:16739962

  2. In situ detection of denitrifying bacteria by mRNA-targeted nucleic acid probes and catalyzed reporter deposition

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    Kofoed, Michael Vedel; Stief, Peter

    In situ detection of denitrifying bacteria by mRNA-targeted nucleic acid probes and catalyzed reporter deposition   Michael V.W. Kofoed, Peter Stief, Morten Poulsen, and Andreas Schramm Department of Biological Sciences, Microbiology, University of Aarhus, Denmark Denitrification, the sequential reduction of nitrate to dinitrogen gas, is essential for the removal of fixed nitrogen from natural and engineered ecosystems. However, community structure and activity dynamics of denitrifying bacteria in most systems are poorly understood, partially due to difficulties in identifying and quantifying (active) denitrifiers. The goal of this study was therefore to develop a protocol for the in situ detection of denitrifying bacterial cells by targeting the mRNA of denitrification genes, hereby linking denitrification activity directly to the single-cell level. Target genes were narG (encoding nitrate reductase) and nosZ (encoding nitrous oxide reductase), to detect nitrate-reducing and completely denitrifying bacteria, respectively. Enzyme-labelled oligonucleotide probes and digoxygenin-labelled polynucleotide probes were evaluated for in situ hybridization in combination with immunochemical detection and catalyzed fluorescent reporter deposition (CARD-FISH). The general feasibility of the approach was first tested with pure cultures of Pseudomonas stutzeri and various denitrifying and nitrate-reducing isolates. Detailed studies of probe specificity and hybridization conditions using Clone-FISH of narG and nosZ libraries prepared from freshwater sediment revealed a sequence similarity threshold of about 80% for detectable hybridization with polynucleotide probes. Consequently, polynucleotide probes need to be designed based on habitat-specific sequence information. In contrast, oligonucleotide probes can be designed to target a broader range of denitrifying bacteria; however, they require two-pass CARD-FISH, which may result in (too) high background fluorescence. In a first application example, habitat-specific polynucleotide probes were used to quantify bacteria expressing narG and nosZ in freshwater sediments and the guts of benthic invertebrates.    

  3. Selective enrichment media bias the types of salmonella enterica strains isolated from mixed strain cultures and complex enrichment broths

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    For foodborne outbreak investigations it can be difficult to isolate the relevant strain from food and/or environmental sources. If the sample is contaminated by more than one strain of the organism the relevant strain might be missed. In this study mixed cultures of Salmonella enterica were grown...

  4. Aerobic and anaerobic degradation of a range of alkyl sulfides by a denitrifying marine bacterium.

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    Visscher, P T; Taylor, B F

    1993-01-01

    A pure culture of a bacterium was obtained from a marine microbial mat by using an anoxic medium containing dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and nitrate. The isolate grew aerobically or anaerobically as a denitrifier on alkyl sulfides, including DMS, dimethyl disulfide, diethyl sulfide (DES), ethyl methyl sulfide, dipropyl sulfide, dibutyl sulfide, and dibutyl disulfide. Cells grown on an alkyl sulfide or disulfide also oxidized the corresponding thiols, namely, methanethiol, ethanethiol, propanethiol,...

  5. The influence of fertilization on the quantitative distribution of denitrifying bacteria in the soil

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    Mariana Murgoci; Marius Stefan; Simona Dunca

    2010-01-01

    Highlighting the processes by which the nitrogen compounds are reduced in the soil (i.e. denitrification) and which result in the increase of the ammonium level, is extremely important since denitrification is one of the effective mechanisms that reduce the nitrogen content in the soils rich in nitrites thus preventing soil pollution. The determination of the most probable number of denitrifying bacteria was carried out by the multiple tube technique using Allen’s culture medium, in anaerob...

  6. Passive markers as a low-cost method of enriching cultural visits on user’s demand

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    Anestis Koutsoudis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The idea of enriching a cultural heritage visitor’s experience by employing mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is an active research domain. This is mainly due to the worldwide user penetration of such devices along with their continuous hardware performance enhancement. This work presents the experience and feedback gained by one year of operation of an experimental information system that aims in enhancing the experience of a visitor on his/her demand. The evaluated system is based on the use case-scenario where the a mobile device is used to capture and decode passive markers (such as QR-codes that are located on facades of selected important buildings in the old town of Xanthi, Greece, in order to enrich the visitor’s experience through a broad context of historical and architectural information delivered over the Web.   Keywords: On-demand information, Passive marker, QR-code, Smartphone, Visit enrichment.

  7. Bacterial community analysis in chlorpyrifos enrichment cultures via DGGE and use of bacterial consortium for CP biodegradation.

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    Akbar, Shamsa; Sultan, Sikander; Kertesz, Michael

    2014-10-01

    The organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos (CP) has been used extensively since the 1960s for insect control. However, its toxic effects on mammals and persistence in environment necessitate its removal from contaminated sites, biodegradation studies of CP-degrading microbes are therefore of immense importance. Samples from a Pakistani agricultural soil with an extensive history of CP application were used to prepare enrichment cultures using CP as sole carbon source for bacterial community analysis and isolation of CP metabolizing bacteria. Bacterial community analysis (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis) revealed that the dominant genera enriched under these conditions were Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and Stenotrophomonas, along with lower numbers of Sphingomonas, Agrobacterium and Burkholderia. Furthermore, it revealed that members of Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, ?- and ?-Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria were present at initial steps of enrichment whereas ?-Proteobacteria appeared in later steps and only Proteobacteria were selected by enrichment culturing. However, when CP-degrading strains were isolated from this enrichment culture, the most active organisms were strains of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Pseudomonas mendocina and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These strains degraded 6-7.4 mg L(-1) day(-1) of CP when cultivated in mineral medium, while the consortium of all four strains degraded 9.2 mg L(-1) day(-1) of CP (100 mg L(-1)). Addition of glucose as an additional C source increased the degradation capacity by 8-14 %. After inoculation of contaminated soil with CP (200 mg kg(-1)) disappearance rates were 3.83-4.30 mg kg(-1) day(-1) for individual strains and 4.76 mg kg(-1) day(-1) for the consortium. These results indicate that these organisms are involved in the degradation of CP in soil and represent valuable candidates for in situ bioremediation of contaminated soils and waters. PMID:25008559

  8. A physical education curriculum enriched with indigenous Zulu games for improved social development through cross-cultural interaction

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    Roux, Charl J.

    2008-01-01

    The article is based on a study which was aimed at enriching the physical education curriculum with indigenous Zulu games for the promotion of cross-cultural interaction between the learners in the multicultural classroom. Therefore, it was necessary to assess these indigenous Zulu games' potential in obtaining overt educational outcomes related to the cognitive, affective, psychomotor and social development of the learners. Quantitative and qualitative data were triangulated to constitute co...

  9. Anaerobic Oxidation of n-Dodecane by an Addition Reaction in a Sulfate-Reducing Bacterial Enrichment Culture

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    Kropp, Kevin G.; Davidova, Irene A.; Suflita, Joseph M.

    2000-01-01

    We identified trace metabolites produced during the anaerobic biodegradation of H26- and D26-n-dodecane by an enrichment culture that mineralizes these compounds in a sulfate-dependent fashion. The metabolites are dodecylsuccinic acids that, in the case of the perdeuterated substrate, retain all of the deuterium atoms. The deuterium retention and the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry fragmentation patterns of the derivatized metabolites suggest that they are formed by C—H or C—D additi...

  10. Atrazine biodegradation efficiency, metabolite detection, and trzD gene expression by enrichment bacterial cultures from agricultural soil

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    Solomon, Robinson David Jebakumar; Kumar, Amit; Satheeja Santhi, Velayudhan

    2013-01-01

    Atrazine is a selective herbicide used in agricultural fields to control the emergence of broadleaf and grassy weeds. The persistence of this herbicide is influenced by the metabolic action of habituated native microorganisms. This study provides information on the occurrence of atrazine mineralizing bacterial strains with faster metabolizing ability. The enrichment cultures were tested for the biodegradation of atrazine by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry. ...

  11. Passive markers as a low-cost method of enriching cultural visits on user’s demand

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    Anestis Koutsoudis; Fotis Arnaoutoglou; George Pavlidis

    2014-01-01

    The idea of enriching a cultural heritage visitor’s experience by employing mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is an active research domain. This is mainly due to the worldwide user penetration of such devices along with their continuous hardware performance enhancement. This work presents the experience and feedback gained by one year of operation of an experimental information system that aims in enhancing the experience of a visitor on his/her demand. The evaluated system is ...

  12. Anaerobic Degradation of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and o-Xylene in Sediment-Free Iron-Reducing Enrichment Cultures

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    Jahn, Michael K.; Haderlein, Stefan B.; Meckenstock, Rainer U.

    2005-01-01

    Monoaromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) are widespread contaminants in groundwater. We examined the anaerobic degradation of BTEX compounds with amorphous ferric oxide as electron acceptor. Successful enrichment cultures were obtained for all BTEX substrates both in the presence and absence of AQDS (9,10-anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonic acid). The electron balances showed a complete anaerobic oxidation of the aromatic compounds to CO2. This is the first...

  13. Degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by microbial consortia enriched from three soils using two different culture media

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    A consortium composed of many different bacterial species is required to efficiently degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in oil-contaminated soil. We obtained six PAH-degrading microbial consortia from three oil-contaminated soils using two different isolation culture media. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and sequence analyses of amplified 16s rRNA genes confirmed the bacterial community was greatly affected by both the culture medium and the soil from which the consortia were enriched. Three bacterial consortia enriched using malt yeast extract (MYE) medium showed higher degradation rates of PAHs than consortia enriched using Luria broth (LB) medium. Consortia obtained from a soil and then added back to that same soil was more effective in degrading PAHs than adding, to the same soil, consortia isolated from other, unrelated soils. This suggests that inoculum used for bioremediation should be from the same, or very similar nearby soils, as the soil that is actually being bioremediated. -- Highlights: •Six PAH-degrading microbial consortia were isolated from three oil-contaminated soils. •The bacterial community by 16s rRNA genes was affected by culture media and source soil. •Inoculum should be from the same or similar soil as the soil being bioremediated. -- Bioremediation of oil-contaminated soils was most effective when using inoculum of microbial consortia from the same or similar soil as the soil being bioremediated

  14. PCR amplification of Bartonella koehlerae from human blood and enrichment blood cultures

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    Breitschwerdt Edward B

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cats appear to be the primary reservoir host for Bartonella koehlerae, an alpha Proteobacteria that is most likely transmitted among cat populations by fleas (Ctenocephalides felis. Bartonella koehlerae has caused endocarditis in a dog and in one human patient from Israel, but other clinically relevant reports involving this bacterium are lacking. Despite publication of numerous, worldwide epidemiological studies designed to determine the prevalence of Bartonella spp. bacteremia in cats, B. koehlerae has never been isolated using conventional blood agar plates. To date, successful isolation of B. koehlerae from cats and from the one human endocarditis patient has consistently required the use of chocolate agar plates. Results In this study, Bartonella koehlerae bacteremia was documented in eight immunocompetent patients by PCR amplification and DNA sequencing, either prior to or after enrichment blood culture using Bartonella alpha Proteobacteria growth medium. Presenting symptoms most often included fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, headache, memory loss, and muscle pain. Four patients were also infected with Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii genotype II. After molecular documentation of B. koehlerae infection in these patients, a serological test was developed and serum samples were tested retrospectively. Bartonella koehlerae antibodies were not detected (titers B. koehlerae antibody titers of 1:64 or greater. Conclusions Although biased by a study population consisting of individuals with extensive arthropod and animal exposure, the results of this study suggest that B. koehlerae bacteremia is more common in immunocompetent people than has been previously suspected. Future studies should more thoroughly define modes of transmission and risk factors for acquiring infection with B. koehlerae. In addition, studies are needed to determine if B. koehlerae is a cause or cofactor in the development of arthritis, peripheral neuropathies or tachyarrhythmias in patients.

  15. Building Learning Communities for Research Collaboration and Cross-Cultural Enrichment in Science Education

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    Sparrow, E. B.

    2003-12-01

    The GLOBE program has provided opportunities for environmental science research and education collaborations among scientists, teachers and K-12 students, and for cross-cultural enrichment nationally and abroad. In Alaska, GLOBE has also provided funding leverage in some cases, and a base for several other science education programs that share a common goal of increasing student interest, understanding, process skills and achievement in science, through involvement in ongoing research investigations. These programs that use GLOBE methodologies (standardized scientific measurements and learning activities developed by scientists and educators) are: Global Change Education Using Western Science and Native Knowledge also known as "Observing Locally, Connecting Globally" (OLCG); Alaska Earth System Science Education Alliance: Improving Understanding of Climate Variability and Its Relevance to Rural Alaska; Schoolyard Long Term Ecological Research; Alaska Rural Research Partnership; Alaska Partnership for Teacher Enhancement; Alaska Lake Ice and Snow Observatory Network; Alaska Boreal Forest Council Education Outreach; Calypso Farm and Ecology Center; Environmental Education Outreach; and also GLOBE Arctic POPs (persistent organic pollutants) a program that involves countries in the circumpolar North. The University of Alaska GLOBE Partnership has collaborated with the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center Globe Partnership in facilitating GLOBE Training Workshops and providing teacher support. GLOBE's extensive website including data entry, archive, analysis and visualization capabilities; GLOBE Teacher Guide, videos and other materials provided; excellent GLOBE science research and education staff, training support office, GLOBE help desk, alignment of GLOBE curriculum with national science education standards and GLOBE certification of teachers trained on even just one GLOBE investigation, have made it easier to implement GLOBE in the classroom. Using GLOBE, whole classes of students have engaged in and contributed data to science investigations. In Alaska, classes and individual students have conducted their own inquiry studies and have successfully presented their investigations and competed at science fairs and statewide high school science symposium and international conferences. Two students presented their research investigations at the GLOBE Learning Expedition in Croatia and four students presented their study at the GLOBE Arctic POPs Conference in Sweden. These students increased not only their understanding and knowledge of science but also in appreciation of people in other countries and their cultures. Friendships have also bloomed. The learning community in Alaska has expanded to include family and community members including Native elders (using OLCG), teachers, scientists and students from other countries. The following challenges remain: 1) getting funds to be able to provide GLOBE equipment and continuous support to GLOBE teachers and students throughout the year, 2) reaching teachers and students in remote areas, 3) rapid teacher turn-over rate in rural areas, 4) using inquiry-based pedagogies during GLOBE professional development workshops including the opportunity for teacher participants to conduct their own inquiries during the workshop, 5) time, school curriculum and national education requirement constraints, 6) involving school administrators, and more local scientists and community members, and 7) providing culturally relevant and responsive science education programs and life-long learning communities.

  16. The Control of Microcystis spp. Bloom by Combining Indigenous Denitrifying Bacteria From Sutami Reservoir with Fimbristylis globulosa and Vetiveria zizanoides

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    Bayu Agung Prahardika

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to know the ability of polyculture macrophyte (Fimbristylis globulosa and Vetiveria zizanoides and the combination of both with consortium of indigenous denitrifying bacteria from Sutami reservoir that was added by Microcystis spp. or not to reduce the concentration of nitrate, dissolved phosphate and the carrying capacity of Microcystis spp. The experiment was done in a medium filled up with Sutami reservoir water enriched with 16 ppm of nitrate and 0.4 ppm of phosphate. The denitrifying bacteria used in this research were DR-14, DU-27-1, DU-30-1, DU-30-2, TA-8 and DU-27-4 isolated from Sutami reservoir. The treatments were incubated within 15 days. Microcystis spp. abundance was calculated every day, but the measurement of the concentration of nitrate and dissolved phosphate was done every six days. The results showed that both treatment and the combination of both macrophytes with a consortium of denitrifying indigenous bacteria were added or not either Microcystis able to reduce nitrate at 99% and 93-99% orthophosphoric. The combination of macrophytes with denitrifying indigenous bacterial consortium from Sutami reservoir was able to inhibit the carrying capacity of Microcystis spp. highest up to 47.87%. They could also significantly reduce the abundance of Microcystis from 107 cells/mL in earlier days of the treatment into 0.35x104 cells/mL after fifteen days of incubation.

  17. Addition of novobiocin in pre-enrichment step can improve Salmonella culture protocol of modified semisolid Rappaport-Vassiliadis

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    Jensen, Annette Nygaard; SØrensen, Gitte

    2003-01-01

    The aim was to investigate the effect of addition of Novobiocin to the non-selective buffered peptone water (BPW) for pre-enrichment of Salmonella in connection with plating on modified semisolid Rappaport-Vassiliadis (MSRV). In a semi-quantitative study, the level of Salmonella following pre-enrichment of 32 presumably naturally contaminated swine fecal samples were assessed for BPW with and without addition of Novobiocin (22 mug/ml). In another experiment, a total of 400 swine fecal samples were screened for the presence of Salmonella spp., in order to compare the performance of the nonselective pre-enrichment broth with BPW made semi-selective by addition of Novobiocin. The semi-quantitative assessment of the Salmonella level showed that addition of Novobiocin in the pre-enrichment step on average increased the level of Salmonella 1.2 log dilution steps. When growth was scored at five levels, 90 samples opposed to 50 yielded a strong positive reading (+++) when Novobiocin was applied. Growth was on average0.3 scores higher when pre-enriched with Novobiocin. The difference in growth score medians of the two methods was highly significant (Sign test; p <0.001). Despite the increased sensitivity, 13 culture-positive samples were missed when using the Novobiocin-containing BPW. In conclusion, a simple addition of Novobiocin in the BPW pre-enrichment step of fecal samples may facilitate reading and thereby detection of Salmonella on MSRV. The increase of Salmonella in the semi-quantitative study may be caused by a reduction in the number of competitive microorganisms.

  18. Feasibility study of an alkaline-based chemical treatment for the purification of polyhydroxybutyrate produced by a mixed enriched culture.

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    Jiang, Yang; Mikova, Gizela; Kleerebezem, Robbert; van der Wielen, Luuk Am; Cuellar, Maria C

    2015-12-01

    This study focused on investigating the feasibility of purifying polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) from mixed culture biomass by alkaline-based chemical treatment. The PHB-containing biomass was enriched on acetate under non-sterile conditions. Alkaline treatment (0.2 M NaOH) together with surfactant SDS (0.2 w/v% SDS) could reach 99% purity, with more than 90% recovery. The lost PHB could be mostly attributed to PHB hydrolysis during the alkaline treatment. PHB hydrolysis could be moderated by increasing the crystallinity of the PHB granules, for example, by biomass pretreatment (e.g. freezing or lyophilization) or by effective cell lysis (e.g. adjusting alkali concentration). The suitability of the purified PHB by alkaline treatment for polymer applications was evaluated by molecular weight and thermal stability. A solvent based purification method was also performed for comparison purposes. As result, PHB produced by mixed enriched cultures was found suitable for thermoplastic applications when purified by the solvent method. While the alkaline method resulted in purity, recovery yield and molecular weight comparable to values reported in literature for PHB produced by pure cultures, it was found unsuitable for thermoplastic applications. Given the potential low cost and favorable environmental impact of this method, it is expected that PHB purified by alkaline method may be suitable for other non-thermal polymer applications, and as a platform chemical. PMID:25642402

  19. Macrofaunal Impact on the Denitrifying Bacterial Community in Freshwater Sediment

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    Poulsen, Morten; Stief, Peter

    Sediment-dwelling macroinvertebrates alter their habitat by transporting oxic water into the sediment and enriching it for organic matter, thereby affecting microbial processes in the sediment. Here we report that burrowing macroinvertebrates can also have a pronounced effect on microbial diversity, with nitrate-reducing and denitrifying bacteria as examples. The diversity of these functional groups was compared in sediment microcosms with and without Chironomus plumosus larvae, using the genes encoding nitrate reductase (narG) and nitrous oxide reductase (nosZ) as functional markers. The estimated phylotype richness of narG increased from 68 in sediment without larvae to 170 in sediment with larvae. Part of this increase in narG diversity could be explained by metabolic activation of certain nitrate-reducing bacteria in the gut of C. plumosus, since 18.3 % of the additional phylotypes were found actively expressed in the gut contents of C. plumosus. The remaining increase may be due to the creationof a (on the microscale) more structured habitat by larval activities like burrow construction, bioturbation, and water pumping, possibly combined with a general activation of microbes by enriching the sediment with partly degraded organic material excreted by the larvae. In contrast to narG, nosZ phylotype richness was unaffected by the presence of chironomid larvae, and very few nosZ phylotypes were actively expressed in the larvae gut. Our results suggest that burrowing macroinvertebrates affect the microbial diversity in sediments, both indirectly by their behaviour and directly by activating certain functional groups of microorganisms passing through their gut.

  20. Signatures of Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Metabolic Activity in Enrichment Cultures from a Sulphur Oxidizing Acid Mine Site

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    Slater, G. F.; Bernier, L.; Cowie, B. R.; Warren, L. A.

    2006-12-01

    Delineating the role of microorganisms in geochemical processes of interest in natural environments requires the development of tools that provide the ability to distinguish amongst microbial activity associated with different metabolic guilds. The gap between phylogenetic characterization and phenotypic understanding remains, underscoring the need to consider alternative methods. Compound specific analysis of cellular components has the potential to differentiate between active metabolic processes supporting microbial communities and may be especially useful in extreme environments. The goal of this study was to determine whether the phospholipids fatty acid (PLFA) distribution and isotopic signatures associated with autotrophs and heterotrophs enriched from an acid mine drainage (AMD) system differed, and further whether natural consortial autotrophic isolates showed similar signatures to autotrophic pure strains of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and A. thiooxidans. Two distinct initial enrichments with tetrathionate and CO2 yielded primarily autotrophic (95%) Acidithiobaccillus spp. sulphur oxidizing communities. The remaining microbial members of theses enrichments (isolates in a medium amended with glucose but without tetrathionate selectively resulted in their visible growth. PLFA profiles and ?13C signatures from autotrophic (1) natural enrichments, pure cultures of (2) A. ferrooxidans and (3) A. thiooxidans were similar, but collectively differed from those of the natural heterotrophic enrichment cultures. The PLFA profiles for the heterotrophic communities were made up of primarily (88-99%) C16:0 and two isomers of C18:1. In contrast, the autotrophic communities had high proportions of C16:1 (up to 18%) as well as cyclo C17 and cyclo C19 PLFA that combined comprised 18 to 58% of the observed PLFA. The ?13C signatures of the PLFA also differed strongly between the two trophic levels. The ?13C of the autotrophic PLFA, - 24 to -30 ‰, were significantly more negative than that for the heterotrophic PLFA, which ranged from -7 to -14 ‰. This distinction in PLFA pattern and isotopic composition demonstrates the ability to distinguish the relative importance of these two metabolic processes in situ in AMD, and likely extends in utility to other types of extreme environments.

  1. mRNA differential display in a microbial enrichment culture: simultaneous identification of three cyclohexanone monooxygenases from three species.

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    Brzostowicz, Patricia C; Walters, Dana M; Thomas, Stuart M; Nagarajan, Vasantha; Rouvière, Pierre E

    2003-01-01

    mRNA differential display has been used to identify cyclohexanone oxidation genes in a mixed microbial community derived from a wastewater bioreactor. Thirteen DNA fragments randomly amplified from the total RNA of an enrichment subculture exposed to cyclohexanone corresponded to genes predicted to be involved in the degradation of cyclohexanone. Nine of these DNA fragments are part of genes encoding three distinct Baeyer-Villiger cyclohexanone monooxygenases from three different bacterial species present in the enrichment culture. In Arthrobacter sp. strain BP2 and Rhodococcus sp. strain Phi2, the monooxygenase is part of a gene cluster that includes all the genes required for the degradation of cyclohexanone, while in Rhodococcus sp. strain Phi1 the genes surrounding the monooxygenase are not predicted to be involved in this degradation pathway but rather seem to belong to a biosynthetic pathway. Furthermore, in the case of Arthrobacter strain BP2, three other genes flanking the monooxygenase were identified by differential display, demonstrating that the repeated sampling of bacterial operons shown earlier for a pure culture (D. M. Walters, R. Russ, H. Knackmuss, and P. E. Rouvière, Gene 273:305-315, 2001) is also possible for microbial communities. The activity of the three cyclohexanone monooxygenases was confirmed and characterized following their expression in Escherichia coli. PMID:12514013

  2. Characterization of an H2-utilizing enrichment culture that reductively dechlorinates tetrachloroethene to vinyl chloride and ethene in the absence of methanogenesis and acetogenesis.

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    Maymo?-gatell, X.; Tandoi, V.; Gossett, J. M.; Zinder, S. H.

    1995-01-01

    We have been studying an anaerobic enrichment culture which, by using methanol as an electron donor, dechlorinates tetrachloroethene (PCE) to vinyl chloride and ethene. Our previous results indicated that H2 was the direct electron donor for rductive dechlorination of PCE by the methanol-PCE culture. Most-probable-number counts performed on this culture indicated low numbers ( or equal to 10(6)/ml...

  3. Atrazine biodegradation efficiency, metabolite detection, and trzD gene expression by enrichment bacterial cultures from agricultural soil.

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    Solomon, Robinson David Jebakumar; Kumar, Amit; Satheeja Santhi, Velayudhan

    2013-12-01

    Atrazine is a selective herbicide used in agricultural fields to control the emergence of broadleaf and grassy weeds. The persistence of this herbicide is influenced by the metabolic action of habituated native microorganisms. This study provides information on the occurrence of atrazine mineralizing bacterial strains with faster metabolizing ability. The enrichment cultures were tested for the biodegradation of atrazine by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry. Nine cultures JS01.Deg01 to JS09.Deg01 were identified as the degrader of atrazine in the enrichment culture. The three isolates JS04.Deg01, JS07.Deg01, and JS08.Deg01 were identified as efficient atrazine metabolizers. Isolates JS04.Deg01 and JS07.Deg01 produced hydroxyatrazine (HA) N-isopropylammelide and cyanuric acid by dealkylation reaction. The isolate JS08.Deg01 generated deethylatrazine (DEA), deisopropylatrazine (DIA), and cyanuric acid by N-dealkylation in the upper degradation pathway and later it incorporated cyanuric acid in their biomass by the lower degradation pathway. The optimum pH for degrading atrazine by JS08.Deg01 was 7.0 and 16S rDNA phylogenetic typing identified it as Enterobacter cloacae strain JS08.Deg01. The highest atrazine mineralization was observed in case of isolate JS08.Deg01, where an ample amount of trzD mRNA was quantified at 72 h of incubation with atrazine. Atrazine bioremediating isolate E. cloacae strain JS08.Deg01 could be the better environmental remediator of agricultural soils and the crop fields contaminated with atrazine could be the source of the efficient biodegrading microbial strains for the environmental cleanup process. PMID:24302716

  4. Drinking Water Denitrification using Autotrophic Denitrifying Bacteria in a Fluidized Bed Bioreactor 

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    Abdolmotaleb Seid-mohammadi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Contamination of drinking water sources with nitrate may cause adverse effects on human health. Due to operational and maintenance problems of physicochemical nitrate removal processes, using biological denitrification processes have been performed. The aim of this study is to evaluate nitrate removal efficiency from drinking water using autotrophic denitrifying bacteria immobilized on sulfur impregnated activated carbon in a fluidized bed bioreactor. Materials and Methods: After impregnating activated carbon by sulfur as a microorganism carriers and enrichment and inoculation of denitrifying bacteria, a laboratory-scale fluidized bed bioreactor was operated. Nitrate removal efficiency, nitrite, turbidity, hardness and TOC in the effluent were examined during the whole experiment under various conditions including constant influent nitrate concentration as 90 mg NO3--N/l corresponding to different HRT ranging from 5.53 to 1.5 hr. Results: We found that  the denitrification rates was depended on the hydraulic retention time and the nitrate removal efficiency was up to 98%  and nitrite concentration was lower than 1mg/l at optimum HRT=2.4 hr respectively. Moreover, there was no difference in hardness between influent and effluent due to supplying sodium bicarbonate as carbon source for denitrifying bacteria.  However pH, TOC, hardness, and turbidity of the effluent met the W.H.O guidelines for drinking water.  Conclusion: This study demonstrated that an innovative carrier as sulfur impregnated activated carbon could be used as both the biofilm carrier and energy source for treating nitrate contaminated drinking water in the lab-scale fluidized bed bioreactor.

  5. Stable acetate production in extreme-thermophilic (70°C) mixed culture fermentation by selective enrichment of hydrogenotrophic methanogens

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    Zhang, Fang; Zhang, Yan; Ding, Jing; Dai, Kun; van Loosdrecht, Mark C. M.; Zeng, Raymond J.

    2014-06-01

    The control of metabolite production is difficult in mixed culture fermentation. This is particularly related to hydrogen inhibition. In this work, hydrogenotrophic methanogens were selectively enriched to reduce the hydrogen partial pressure and to realize efficient acetate production in extreme-thermophilic (70°C) mixed culture fermentation. The continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) was stable operated during 100 days, in which acetate accounted for more than 90% of metabolites in liquid solutions. The yields of acetate, methane and biomass in CSTR were 1.5 +/- 0.06, 1.0 +/- 0.13 and 0.4 +/- 0.05 mol/mol glucose, respectively, close to the theoretical expected values. The CSTR effluent was stable and no further conversion occurred when incubated for 14 days in a batch reactor. In fed-batch experiments, acetate could be produced up to 34.4 g/L, significantly higher than observed in common hydrogen producing fermentations. Acetate also accounted for more than 90% of soluble products formed in these fed-batch fermentations. The microbial community analysis revealed hydrogenotrophic methanogens (mainly Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus and Methanobacterium thermoaggregans) as 98% of Archaea, confirming that high temperature will select hydrogenotrophic methanogens over aceticlastic methanogens effectively. This work demonstrated a potential application to effectively produce acetate as a value chemical and methane as an energy gas together via mixed culture fermentation.

  6. Rapid, sensitive, and validated method for detection of Salmonella in food by an enrichment broth culture - nested PCR combination assay.

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    Saroj, Sunil D; Shashidhar, R; Karani, Manisha; Bandekar, Jayant R

    2008-06-01

    A rapid nested PCR assay for detection of Salmonella from food was developed. The sensitivity of the assay developed was comparable to the traditional culture based methods with an advantage in reduction of assay time. The assay procedure with artificially contaminated samples was able to detect as low as 4CFU Salmonella/25g of food samples (sprout, carrot, cucumber and poultry meat). With two synthetic primers of 26 mer TS11 and 25 mer TS4, a 1.2kb fragment was amplified which served as a template for amplification of final 375bp product using TS11 and TS5 primers. No non-specific amplification from the native microbial flora of food samples was observed. The reaction generates a single band specific to Salmonella which allows the analyst to interpret data at ease and without any confusion. Enriched broth serves as template for the reaction which removes labour intensive DNA isolation procedures. In case of artificially contaminated samples, 6h enriched lactose broth can serve as template. However, for market samples where the organisms are under environmental stress, it is desirable to use template from Rappaport Vasiliadis medium. The assay also employes internal amplification control, which is amplified into a 300bp fragment and thus serves as positive control for the reaction and any possibility of false negative due to inhibitory action of food components on PCR reaction can be ruled out. PMID:18406104

  7. Culturally Diverse Literature: Enriching Variety in an Era of Common Core State Standards

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    Boyd, Fenice B.; Causey, Lauren L.; Galda, Lee

    2015-01-01

    The authors argue for the overwhelming importance of finding and including culturally diverse literature into the curricula teachers are authorized to teach. They discuss the implications of use and offer ideas on how to identify quality literature to include in classroom and school libraries.

  8. [Effect of carbon source and dissolved oxygen on denitrification by aerobic denitrifier Pseudomonas mendocina AD6].

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    Yang, Xin-Ping; Zhong, Lei; Zhou, Li-Xiang

    2010-06-01

    Aerobic denitrifying performances of P. mendocina AD6 at various C/N ratios, dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations and carbon sources including citrate, acetate, and glucose were evaluated through flask experiment. At an insufficient carbon concentration, namely C/N ratio of 3, total nitrogen (TN) removal efficiency was 42% by aerobic denitrification. When the C/N ratio was increased to 8, 15, and 23, the TN removal efficiency by AD6 quickly increased to 55%, 70%, and 69%, in which 7%, 20%, and 25% of TN losses could be contributed to the aerobic denitrification by AD6, respectively. Batch cultures were carried out in a series of 250 mL conical flasks containing 100, 50, and 25 mL of the nitrate-supplemented basal medium with C/N ratio of 15, DO of 7.15-8.08 mg/L and strain AD6. Flasks were shaken in a rotary shaker at 28 degrees C and 180 r/min to allow better gas exchange. DO concentration of culture medium declined rapidly to anoxia condition at the beginning of reaction followed by an aerobic level with above 2 mg/L of DO after 24 h reaction. Different carbon sources had strong influence on the aerobic denitrifying performance of strain AD6. The maximum consumption rates of citrate, acetate, and glucose by strain AD6 were 90%, 92%, and 41%, respectively. In the medium spiked with acetate as carbon source, TN removal efficiency and N losses due to aerobic denitrification increased to 14% and 5%, respectively, with comparison to that spiked with citrate. Evaluation on nitrogen removal performances of aerobic denitrifier should be cautious with flask experiment because aerobic, partial aerobic and total anoxic growing conditions could be changed by C/N ration and carbon source of medium. PMID:20698283

  9. Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from fermented sugar cane molasses by a mixed culture enriched in glycogen accumulating organisms.

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    Bengtsson, Simon; Pisco, Ana R; Reis, Maria A M; Lemos, Paulo C

    2010-02-01

    Batch production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) under aerobic conditions by an open mixed culture enriched in glycogen accumulating organisms (GAOs) with fermented sugar cane molasses as substrate was studied. The produced polymers contained five types of monomers, namely 3-hydroxybutyrate (3HB), 3-hydroxyvalerate (3HV), 3-hydroxy-2-methylbutyrate (3H2MB), 3-hydroxy-2-methylvalerate (3H2MV) and the medium chain length monomer 3-hydroxyhexanoate (3HHx). With fermented molasses as substrate, PHA was produced under concurrent consumption of stored glycogen with yields of 0.47-0.66 C-mol PHA per C-mol of total carbon substrate and with rates up to 0.65 C-mol/C-molX h. In order to investigate the role of glycogen during aerobic PHA accumulation in GAOs, synthetic single volatile fatty acids (VFAs) were used as substrates and it was found that the fate of glycogen was dependent on the type of VFA being consumed. Aerobic PHA accumulation occurred under concurrent glycogen consumption with acetate as substrate and under minor concurrent glycogen production with propionate as substrate. With butyrate and valerate as substrates, PHA accumulation occurred with the glycogen pool unaffected. The composition of the PHA was dependent on the VFA composition of the fermented molasses and was 56-70 mol-% 3HB, 13-43 mol-% 3HV, 1-23 mol-% 3HHx and 0-2 mol-% 3H2MB and 3H2MV. The high polymer yields and production rates suggest that enrichment of GAOs can be a fruitful strategy for mixed culture production of PHA from waste substrates. PMID:19958801

  10. Predator-Specific Enrichment of Actinobacteria from a Cosmopolitan Freshwater Clade in Mixed Continuous Culture

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    Pernthaler, Jakob; Posch, Thomas; S?imek, Karel; Vrba, Jaroslav; Pernthaler, Annelie; Glo?ckner, Frank Oliver; Nu?bel, Ulrich; Psenner, Roland; Amann, Rudolf

    2001-01-01

    We investigated whether individual populations of freshwater bacteria in mixed experimental communities may exhibit specific responses to the presence of different bacterivorous protists. In two successive experiments, a two-stage continuous cultivation system was inoculated with nonaxenic batch cultures of the cryptophyte Cryptomonas sp. Algal exudates provided the sole source of organic carbon for growth of the accompanying microflora. The dynamics of several 16S rRNA-defined bacterial popu...

  11. Biopolymer Production by Bacterial Enrichment Cultures Using Non-Fermented Substrates :

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    Moralejo Ga?rate, H.

    2014-01-01

    Polyhydroxyalkanotes (PHAs) are naturally occurring polymers synthesized by a wide range of microorganisms. Their physiological role is to act as carbon and energy reserves, and their mechanical and physical properties are similar to those of petrochemical plastics. PHAs can be synthesized from renewable materials and they are biodegradable. Considering these properties, PHAs are commonly known as bioplastics. Commercial processes for the production of PHA are based on the use of pure culture...

  12. Erythrocyte Enrichment in Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Cultures Based on Magnetic Susceptibility of the Hemoglobin

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    Jin, Xiaoxia; Abbot, Stewart; Zhang, Xiaokui; Kang, Lin; Voskinarian-berse, Vanessa; Zhao, Rui; Kameneva, Marina V.; Moore, Lee R.; Chalmers, Jeffrey J.; Zborowski, Maciej

    2012-01-01

    Using novel media formulations, it has been demonstrated that human placenta and umbilical cord blood-derived CD34+ cells can be expanded and differentiated into erythroid cells with high efficiency. However, obtaining mature and functional erythrocytes from the immature cell cultures with high purity and in an efficient manner remains a significant challenge. A distinguishing feature of a reticulocyte and maturing erythrocyte is the increasing concentration of hemoglobin and decreasing cell ...

  13. Inhibitory Effect of Gamma-Irradiated Chitosan on the Growth of Denitrifiers

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    Javier Vilcáez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to find an environmentally benign substitute to hazardous inhibitory agents, the inhibitory effect of ?-irradiated chitosans against a mixed culture of denitrifying bacteria was experimentally evaluated. Unlike other studies using pure aerobic cultures, the observed effect was not a complete inhibition but a transient inhibition reflected by prolonged lag phases and reduced growth rates. Raw chitosan under acid conditions (pH 6.3 exerted the strongest inhibition followed by the 100?kGy and 500?kGy irradiated chitosans, respectively. Therefore, because the molecular weight of chitosan decreases with the degree of ?-irradiation, the inhibitory properties of chitosan due to its high molecular weight were more relevant than the inhibitory properties gained due to the modification of the surface charge and/or chemical structure by ?-irradiation. High dosage of ?-irradiated appeared to increase the growth of mixed denitrifying bacteria in acid pH media. However, in neutral pH media, high dosage of ?-irradiation appeared to enhance the inhibitory effect of chitosan.

  14. Growth and nitrate reduction of Beggiatoa filaments studied in enrichment cultures

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    Kamp, Anja

    2007-01-01

    In this thesis, several aspects of the gliding, filamentous, colourless sulphur bacteria Beggiatoa were investigated. The first part of this thesis addressed the growth mode, breakage of filaments for multiplication, and movement directions of filaments of Beggiatoa. Marine Beggiatoa were enriched in oxygen-sulphide gradient tubes, and observed with a camera system. Growth mode, breakage, and movement directions of Beggiatoa filaments were documented via time-lapse video recording. The initial doubling time of cells was 15.7 ±1.3 h (mean ±SD; room temperature). Filaments grew up to an average length of 1.7 ±0.2 mm, but filaments of up to ca. 6 mm were also present. First breakages of filaments occurred ca. 19 h after inoculation, and time-lapse movies illustrated that a parent filament could break into several daughter filaments within a few hours. In many cases, filament breakage occurred at the same point at which the tip of a forming loop of the filament had been observed before. As it is known that filament breakage is accomplished by the formation of a sacrificial cell, it was hypothesised that sacrificial cells interrupt the communication between two parts of one filament. As a consequence, the two parts of one filament can move towards each other forming the tip of a loop at the sacrificial cell. The second part of this thesis focused on the physiology of Beggiatoa. The sulphur bacteria Beggiatoa can reach high biomass in many aquatic habitats, e.g. in and on freshwater and marine sediments, and affect the benthic sulphur cycle. In addition, Beggiatoa may influence the nitrogen cycle when they use nitrate anaerobically as an alternative electron acceptor in place of oxygen. The ability of freshwater and marine Beggiatoa to oxidise sulphide anaerobically with nitrate has been studied for some time. However, for freshwater Beggiatoa, the anaerobic sulphide oxidation with nitrate has not been unequivocally documented, and was therefore a special focal point of this thesis. In a first study, the general ability of freshwater Beggiatoa to oxidise sulphide with nitrate as alternative electron acceptor was investigated. A freshwater Beggiatoa strain was highly enriched in oxygen-sulphide gradient tubes. The gradient tubes contained different nitrate concentrations, and the chemotactic response of the Beggiatoa mats was observed. The effects of the Beggiatoa on vertical gradients of nitrate, sulphide, oxygen, and pH were determined with microsensors. The more nitrate that was added to the agar, the deeper the Beggiatoa filaments glided into anoxic agar layers, suggesting that the Beggiatoa used nitrate to oxidise sulphide at depths below the depth that oxygen penetrated. In the presence of nitrate, Beggiatoa formed thick mats (>8 mm), compared to the thin mats (ca. 0.4 mm) that were formed when no nitrate was added. These thick mats spatially separated oxygen and sulphide, but not nitrate and sulphide, and therefore nitrate must have served as the electron acceptor for sulphide oxidation. This interpretation is consistent with a fourfold-lower oxygen flux and a twofold- higher sulphide flux into the nitrate-exposed mats compared to the fluxes for controls without nitrate. Additionally, a pronounced pH maximum was observed within the Beggiatoa mat; such a pH maximum is known to occur when sulphide is oxidised to elemental sulphur with nitrate as the electron acceptor. In a second study, a freshwater Beggiatoa strain was phylogenetically analysed and investigated with respect to the capability of intracellular nitrate storage and the dissimilatory use of nitrate. The 16S rDNA sequence retrieved from the filaments revealed the affiliation with the genus Beggiatoa and with a confined cluster of freshwater strains. Intracellular nitrate storage was found with concentrations of 35 ±32 mmol L-1. To follow the metabolic pathway of the possible dissimilatory use of nitrate by this freshwater Beggiatoa strain, the filaments were highly enriched in oxygen-sulphide gradient tubes in which experiments with 15N-labelled nitrate wer

  15. DNA-based and culture-based characterization of a hydrocarbon-degrading consortium enriched from Arctic soil.

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    Thomassin-Lacroix, E J; Yu, Z; Eriksson, M; Reimer, K J; Mohn, W W

    2001-12-01

    A hydrocarbon-degrading consortium was enriched from fuel-contaminated soil from the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island (82 degrees 30'N, 62 degrees 19'W). The enrichment culture was grown on Jet A-1 fuel at 7 degrees C. Bacterial 16S RNA gene (rDNA) fragments were amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from members of the above consortium and cloned into a plasmid vector. Partial sequences (approximately 500 bp) were determined for 29 randomly selected rDNA clones. The majority of sequences were most similar to the corresponding rDNA sequences of Rhodococcus erythropolis (15 sequences), Sphingomonas spp. (six sequences), and Pseudomonas synxantha (four sequences). Amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis confirmed that a larger set of 50 clones had frequencies of the three phylotypes similar to those above. Phylotype-specific PCR assays were developed and validated for the above three phylotypes. The consortium was plated and grown on Jet A-1 fuel vapors, and randomly selected isolated colonies were screened with the above PCR assays. Of 17 colonies, six matched the Rhodococcus phylotype, and three matched the Pseudomonas phylotype. A representative strain of each phylotype was physiologically characterized. Both isolates grew on alkanes at low temperature and had general characteristics consistent with their respective phylotypes. During growth of the consortium, the three phylotype populations were monitored by a most probable number PCR assay. All three phylotypes were detected, but their relative abundance was not consistent with that of the phylotypes in the clone library. The relative abundance of all three phylotypes changed substantially during long-term incubation of the consortium. The DNA-based approach used identified phylotypes consistently present in the consortium, but it failed to predict the relative abundance of their populations. PMID:11822837

  16. Cultivation and irradiation of human fibroblasts in a medium enriched with platelet lysate for obtaining feeder layer in epidermal cell culture

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    For over 30 years, the use of culture medium, enriched with bovine serum, and murines fibroblasts, with the rate of proliferation controlled by irradiation or by share anticarcinogenic drugs, has been playing successfully its role in assisting in the development of keratinocytes in culture, for clinical purposes. However, currently there is a growing concern about the possibility of transmitting prions and animals viruses to transplanted patients. Taking into account this concern, the present work aims to cultivate human fibroblasts in a medium enriched with human platelets lysate and determine the irradiation dose of these cells, for obtaining feeder layer in epidermal cell culture. For carrying out the proposed objective, platelets lysis has standardized, this lysate was used for human fibroblasts cultivation and the irradiation dose enough to inhibit its duplication was evaluated. Human keratinocytes were cultivated in these feeder layers, in culture medium enriched with the lysate. With these results we conclude that the 10% platelets lysate promoted a better adhesion and proliferation of human fibroblasts and in all dose levels tested (60 to 300 Gy), these had their mitotic activity inactivated by ionizing irradiation, being that the feeder layers obtained with doses from 70 to 150 Gy were those that provided the best development of keratinocytes in medium containing 2.5% of human platelet lysate. Therefore, it was possible to standardize both the cultivation of human fibroblasts as its inactivation for use as feeder layer in culture of keratinocytes, so as to eliminate xenobiotics components. (author)

  17. Diversity and activity of denitrifiers of Chilean arid soil ecosystems

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The Chilean sclerophyllous matorral is a Mediterranean semiarid ecosystem affected by erosion, with low soil fertility and limited by nitrogen. However, limitation of resources is even more severe for desert soils such as from the Atacama Desert, one of the most extreme arid deserts on Earth. Topsoil organic matter, nitrogen and moisture content were significantly higher in the semiarid soil compared to the desert soil. Although the most significant loss of biologically preferred nitrogen from terrestrial ecosystems occurs via denitrification, virtually nothing is known on the activity and composition of denitrifier communities thriving in arid soils. In this study, we explored denitrifier communities from two soils with profoundly distinct edaphic factors. While denitrification activity in the desert soil was below detection limit, the semiarid soil sustained denitrification activity. To elucidate the genetic potential of the soils to sustain denitrification processes we performed community analysis of denitrifiers based on nitrite reductase (nirK and nirS genes as functional marker genes for this physiological group. Presence of nirK-type denitrifiers in both soils was demonstrated but failure to amplify nirS from the desert soil suggests very low abundance of nirS-type denitrifiers shedding light on the lack of denitrification activity. Phylogenetic analysis showed a very low diversity of nirK with only three distinct genotypes in the desert soil which conditions presumably exert a high selection pressure. While nirK diversity was also limited to only few, albeit distinct genotypes, the semiarid matorral soil showed a surprisingly broad genetic variability of the nirS gene. The Chilean matorral is a shrub land plant community which form vegetational patches stabilizing the soil and increasing its nitrogen and carbon content. These islands of fertility may sustain the development and activity of the overall microbial community and of denitrifiers in particular.

  18. Optimizing BTEX biodegradation under denitrifying conditions

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    Leaking underground storage tanks are a major source of ground water contamination by petroleum hydrocarbons. Gasoline and other fuels contain benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (collectively known as BTEX), which are hazardous compounds, regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Laboratory tests were conducted to determine optimum conditions for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (collectively known as BTEX) biodegradation by aquifer microorganisms under denitrifying conditions. Microcosms, constructed with aquifer samples from Traverse City, Michigan, were amended with selected concentrations of nutrients and one or more hydrocarbons. Toluene, ethylbenzene, m-xylene, and p-xylene, were degraded to below 5 micrograms/L when present as sole source substrates; stoichiometric calculations indicated that nitrate removal was sufficient to account for 70 to 80% of the compounds being mineralized. o-Xylene was recalcitrant when present as a sole source substrate, but was slowly degraded in the presence of the other hydrocarbons. Benzene was not degraded within one year, regardless of whether it was available as a sole source substrate or in combination with toluene, phenol, or catechol. Pre-exposure to low levels of BTEX and nutrients had variable effects, as did the addition of different concentrations of ammonia and phosphate. Nitrate concentrations as high as 500 mg/L NO3-N were slightly inhibitory. These data indicate that nitrate-medtory. These data indicate that nitrate-mediated biodegradation of BTEX at Traverse City can occur under a variety of environmental conditions with rates relatively independent of nutrient concentrations. However, the data reaffirm that benzene is recalcitrant under strictly anaerobic conditions in these samples

  19. Rapid and Specific Enrichment of Culturable Gram Negative Bacteria Using Non-Lethal Copper-Free Click Chemistry Coupled with Magnetic Beads Separation.

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    Fugier, Emilie; Dumont, Audrey; Malleron, Annie; Poquet, Enora; Mas Pons, Jordi; Baron, Aurélie; Vauzeilles, Boris; Dukan, Sam

    2015-01-01

    Currently, identification of pathogenic bacteria present at very low concentration requires a preliminary culture-based enrichment step. Many research efforts focus on the possibility to shorten this pre-enrichment step which is needed to reach the minimal number of cells that allows efficient identification. Rapid microbiological controls are a real public health issue and are required in food processing, water quality assessment or clinical pathology. Thus, the development of new methods for faster detection and isolation of pathogenic culturable bacteria is necessary. Here we describe a specific enrichment technique for culturable Gram negative bacteria, based on non-lethal click chemistry and the use of magnetic beads that allows fast detection and isolation. The assimilation and incorporation of an analog of Kdo, an essential component of lipopolysaccharides, possessing a bio-orthogonal azido function (Kdo-N3), allow functionalization of almost all Gram negative bacteria at the membrane level. Detection can be realized through strain-promoted azide-cyclooctyne cycloaddition, an example of click chemistry, which interestingly does not affect bacterial growth. Using E. coli as an example of Gram negative bacterium, we demonstrate the excellent specificity of the technique to detect culturable E. coli among bacterial mixtures also containing either dead E. coli, or live B. subtilis (as a model of microorganism not containing Kdo). Finally, in order to specifically isolate and concentrate culturable E. coli cells, we performed separation using magnetic beads in combination with click chemistry. This work highlights the efficiency of our technique to rapidly enrich and concentrate culturable Gram negative bacteria among other microorganisms that do not possess Kdo within their cell envelope. PMID:26061695

  20. Proteins differentially expressed in human beta-cells-enriched pancreatic islet cultures and human insulinomas

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    Terra, Letícia F; Teixeira, Priscila C

    2013-01-01

    In view of the great demand for human beta-cells for physiological and medical studies, we generated cell lines derived from human insulinomas which secrete insulin, C-peptide and express neuroendocrine and islet markers. In this study, we set out to characterize their proteomes, comparing them to those of primary beta-cells using DIGE followed by MS. The results were validated by Western blotting. An average of 1800 spots was detected with less than 1% exhibiting differential abundance. Proteins more abundant in human islets, such as Caldesmon, are involved in the regulation of cell contractility, adhesion dependent signaling, and cytoskeletal organization. In contrast, almost all proteins more abundant in insulinoma cells, such as MAGE2, were first described here and could be related to cell survival and resistance to chemotherapy. Our proteomic data provides, for the first time, a molecular snapshot of the orchestrated changes in expression of proteins involved in key processes which could be correlated with the altered phenotype of human beta-cells. Collectively our observations prompt research towards the establishment of bioengineered human beta-cells providing a new and needed source of cultured human beta-cells for beta-cell research, along with the development of new therapeutic strategies for detection, characterization and treatment of insulinomas.

  1. Effects of A2ON Process on Denitrifying Dephosphatation

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    Lifang Guo

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available In combination with activated sludge process and biomembrance process, based on the principle of denitrifying dephosphatation, A2ON processes for biphase sequencing batch reactor biological nutrient removal (BNR treatment have been developed, with an emphasis on the effects of the ratio of COD to TN (COD/TN variations on the BNR treatment. Results indicated that the process possessed stable effects, showed strong flexibility for water quality, could attenuate the aerobic requirement and decrease the competition of denitrifying and dephosphation for carbon source to a greater degree, and meanwhile guaranteed that nitrifying bacteria about a generation time could grow stably.

  2. Predator-specific enrichment of actinobacteria from a cosmopolitan freshwater clade in mixed continuous culture.

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    Pernthaler, J; Posch, T; Simek, K; Vrba, J; Pernthaler, A; Glöckner, F O; Nübel, U; Psenner, R; Amann, R

    2001-05-01

    We investigated whether individual populations of freshwater bacteria in mixed experimental communities may exhibit specific responses to the presence of different bacterivorous protists. In two successive experiments, a two-stage continuous cultivation system was inoculated with nonaxenic batch cultures of the cryptophyte Cryptomonas sp. Algal exudates provided the sole source of organic carbon for growth of the accompanying microflora. The dynamics of several 16S rRNA-defined bacterial populations were followed in the experimental communities. Although the composition and stability of the two microbial communities differed, numerous members of the first assemblage could again be detected during the second experiment. The introduction of a size-selectively feeding mixotrophic nanoflagellate (Ochromonas sp.) always resulted in an immediate bloom of a single phylotype population of members of the class Actinobacteria (Ac1). These bacteria were phylogenetically affiliated with an uncultured lineage of gram-positive bacteria that have been found in freshwater habitats only. The Ac1 cells were close to the average size of freshwater bacterioplankton and significantly smaller than any of the other experimental community members. In contrast, no increase of the Ac1 population was observed in vessels exposed to the bacterivorous ciliate Cyclidium glaucoma. However, when the Ochromonas sp. was added after the establishment of C. glaucoma, the proportion of population Ac1 within the microbial community rapidly increased. Populations of a beta proteobacterial phylotype related to an Aquabacterium sp. decreased relative to the total bacterial communities following the addition of either predator, albeit to different extents. The community structure of pelagic microbial assemblages can therefore be influenced by the taxonomic composition of the predator community. PMID:11319094

  3. Nitrate removal, communities of denitrifiers and adverse effects in different carbon substrates for use in denitrification beds.

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    Warneke, Sören; Schipper, Louis A; Matiasek, Michael G; Scow, Kate M; Cameron, Stewart; Bruesewitz, Denise A; McDonald, Ian R

    2011-11-01

    Denitrification beds are containers filled with wood by-products that serve as a carbon and energy source to denitrifiers, which reduce nitrate (NO(3)(-)) from point source discharges into non-reactive dinitrogen (N(2)) gas. This study investigates a range of alternative carbon sources and determines rates, mechanisms and factors controlling NO(3)(-) removal, denitrifying bacterial community, and the adverse effects of these substrates. Experimental barrels (0.2 m(3)) filled with either maize cobs, wheat straw, green waste, sawdust, pine woodchips or eucalyptus woodchips were incubated at 16.8 °C or 27.1 °C (outlet temperature), and received NO(3)(-) enriched water (14.38 mg N L(-1) and 17.15 mg N L(-1)). After 2.5 years of incubation measurements were made of NO(3)(-)-N removal rates, in vitro denitrification rates (DR), factors limiting denitrification (carbon and nitrate availability, dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, and concentrations of NO(3)(-), nitrite and ammonia), copy number of nitrite reductase (nirS and nirK) and nitrous oxide reductase (nosZ) genes, and greenhouse gas production (dissolved nitrous oxide (N(2)O) and methane), and carbon (TOC) loss. Microbial denitrification was the main mechanism for NO(3)(-)-N removal. Nitrate-N removal rates ranged from 1.3 (pine woodchips) to 6.2 g N m(-3) d(-1) (maize cobs), and were predominantly limited by C availability and temperature (Q(10) = 1.2) when NO(3)(-)-N outlet concentrations remained above 1 mg L(-1). The NO(3)(-)-N removal rate did not depend directly on substrate type, but on the quantity of microbially available carbon, which differed between carbon sources. The abundance of denitrifying genes (nirS, nirK and nosZ) was similar in replicate barrels under cold incubation, but varied substantially under warm incubation, and between substrates. Warm incubation enhanced growth of nirS containing bacteria and bacteria that lacked the nosZ gene, potentially explaining the greater N(2)O emission in warmer environments. Maize cob substrate had the highest NO(3)(-)-N removal rate, but adverse effects include TOC release, dissolved N(2)O release and substantial carbon consumption by non-denitrifiers. Woodchips removed less than half of NO(3)(-) removed by maize cobs, but provided ideal conditions for denitrifying bacteria, and adverse effects were not observed. Therefore we recommend the combination of maize cobs and woodchips to enhance NO(3)(-) removal while minimizing adverse effects in denitrification beds. PMID:21880343

  4. Hydraulic flow characteristics of agricultural residues for denitrifying bioreactor media

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    Denitrifying bioreactors are a promising technology to mitigate agricultural subsurface drainage nitrate-nitrogen losses, a critical water quality goal for the Upper Mississippi River Basin. This study was conducted to evaluate the hydraulic properties of agricultural residues that are potential bio...

  5. Degradative capacities and 16S rRNA-targeted whole-cell hybridization of sulfate-reducing bacteria in an anaerobic enrichment culture utilizing alkylbenzenes from crude oil.

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    Rabus, R.; Fukui, M.; Wilkes, H.; Widdle, F

    1996-01-01

    A mesophilic sulfate-reducing enrichment culture growing anaerobically on crude oil was used as a model system to study which nutritional types of sulfate-reducing bacteria may develop on original petroleum constituents in oil wells, tanks, and pipelines. Chemical analysis of oil hydrocarbons during growth revealed depletion of toluene and o-xylene within 1 month and of m-xylene, o-ethyltoluene, m-ethyltoluene, m-propyltoluene, and m-isopropyltoluene within approximately 2 months. In anaerobi...

  6. Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons at Low Temperature under Aerobic and Nitrate-Reducing Conditions in Enrichment Cultures from Northern Soils

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    Eriksson, Mikael; Sodersten, Erik; Yu, Zhongtang; Dalhammar, Gunnel; Mohn, William W.

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    The potential for biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at low temperature and under anaerobic conditions is not well understood, but such biodegradation would be very useful for remediation of polluted sites. Biodegradation of a mixture of 11 different PAHs with two to five aromatic rings, each at a concentration of 10 ?g/ml, was studied in enrichment cultures inoculated with samples of four northern soils. Under aerobic conditions, low temperature severely limited PAH b...

  7. Changes in glucose fermentation pathways by an enriched bacterial culture in response to regulated dissolved H2 concentrations.

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    Zheng, Hang; Zeng, Raymond J; Duke, Mikel C; O'Sullivan, Cathryn A; Clarke, William P

    2015-06-01

    It is well established that metabolic pathways in the fermentation of organic waste are primarily controlled by dissolved H2 concentrations, but there is no reported study that compares observed and predicted shifts in fermentation pathways induced by manipulating the dissolved H2 concentration. A perfusion system is presented that was developed to control dissolved H2 concentrations in the continuous fermentation of glucose by a culture highly enriched towards Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum (86?±?9% relative abundance) from an originally diverse consortia in the leachate of a laboratory digester fed with municipal solid waste. Media from a 2.5?L CSTR was drawn through sintered steel membrane filters to retain biomass, allowing vigorous sparging in a separate chamber without cellular disruption. Through a combination of sparging and variations in glucose feeding rate from 0.8 to 0.2?g/L/d, a range of steady state fermentations were performed with dissolved H2 concentrations as low as an equivalent equilibrated H2 partial pressure of 3?kPa. Trends in product formation rates were simulated using a H2 regulation partitioning model. The model correctly predicted the direction of products redistribution in response to H2 concentration changes and the acetate and butyrate formation rates when H2 concentrations were less than 6?kPa. However, the model over-estimated acetate, ethanol and butanol productions at the expense of butyrate production at higher H2 concentrations. The H2 yield at the lowest dissolved H2 concentration was 2.67?±?0.08?mol H2 /mol glucose, over 300% higher than the yield achieved in a CSTR operated without sparging. PMID:25545692

  8. Treatment and electricity harvesting from sulfate/sulfide-containing wastewaters using microbial fuel cell with enriched sulfate-reducing mixed culture

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    Highlights: ? We started up microbial fuel cell (MFC) using enriched sulfate-reducing mixed culture. ? Sulfate-reducing bacteria and anode-respiring bacteria were enriched in anodic biofilms. ? The MFC effectively remove sulfate to elementary sulfur in the presence of lactate. ? The present device can treat sulfate laden wastewaters with electricity harvesting. - Abstract: Anaerobic treatment of sulfate-laden wastewaters can produce excess sulfide, which is corrosive to pipelines and is toxic to incorporated microorganisms. This work started up microbial fuel cell (MFC) using enriched sulfate-reducing mixed culture as anodic biofilms and applied the so yielded MFC for treating sulfate or sulfide-laden wastewaters. The sulfate-reducing bacteria in anodic biofilm effectively reduced sulfate to sulfide, which was then used by neighboring anode respiring bacteria (ARB) as electron donor for electricity production. The presence of organic carbons enhanced MFC performance since the biofilm ARB were mixotrophs that need organic carbon to grow. The present device introduces a route for treating sulfate laden wastewaters with electricity harvesting.

  9. Studies of mass transfer coefficients in denitrifying biofilms

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    Garci?a Lo?pez, L. A.; Veiga, M. C.; Nogueira, R.; Melo, L. F.

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    Mass transfer coefficients within denitrifying biofilms were determined with an inert compound (LiCl) using two different flow conditions in a membrane flow cell and feeding an easily degradable substrate. The experiments were made until the biofilm reached steady state. The results obtained from the biofilm mass transfer experiments show that the biofilms grown under these two different conditions reach similar values in the steady state. However, the mass transport was higher du...

  10. Isolation and Molecular Identification of an Aerobic Denitrifier

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Six bacteria strains of which total nitrogen removal efficiency is over 70% were isolated from the activated sludge after enrichment culture. The strain Z31 with higher nitrogen removal was selected and its characteristic of aerobic denitrification was confirmed by the nitrogen element track. The results showed that the nitrate in the culture could be efficiently removed by strain Z31 and the nitrate nitrogen removal rate was up to above 95%. There was obvious nitrite accumulation during the denitrification process. Moreover, medium pH was increased and medium ORP was decreased as a result of denitrification. According to the morphological observation, physiological biochemical test and sequence analysis of the 16S rDNA, strain Z31 was identified as Pseudomonas stutzeri. And the phylogentic position of the strain was performed based on the phylogenetic tree.

  11. Bioconversion of H2/CO 2 by acetogen enriched cultures for acetate and ethanol production: the impact of pH.

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    Xu, Shuyun; Fu, Bo; Zhang, Lijuan; Liu, He

    2015-06-01

    Syngas fermentation into ethanol and other bioproducts by mixed cultures is considered a promising biotechnology. Effects of pH on product generation and microbial community during H2/CO2 utilization by acetogen enrichment cultures were investigated in this work. The maximum acetate concentration reached 95.41 mmol L(-1) at pH 7, which was 71.7, 21.8 and 50.9 % higher than at pH 5, 9 and 11, respectively. The maximum ethanol concentration at pH 7 was 45.7, 50, 72 % higher than that at pH 5, 9 and 11, respectively. The CO dehydrogenase (CODH) gene copy number was highest at pH 7, indicating that metabolically active acetogens reached their highest level at pH 7. The CODH gene copy number at pH 9 was lower than at pH 7, but higher than at pH 5 and 11. Correspondingly, the enrichment cultures at pH 7 had the highest species richness and diversity, while those at pH 9 had the second highest diversity, and those at pH 5 and 11 had the lowest diversity. The shift in microbial community structure and the different active acetogen contents resulting from different pHs were responsible for the differences in acetate and ethanol production. PMID:25838196

  12. Warming-induced changes in denitrifier community structure modulate the ability of phototrophic river biofilms to denitrify

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    Microbial denitrification is the main nitrogen removing process in freshwater ecosystems. The aim of this study was to show whether and how water warming (+ 2.5 °C) drives bacterial diversity and structuring and how bacterial diversity affects denitrification enzymatic activity in phototrophic river biofilms (PRB). We used water warming associated to the immediate thermal release of a nuclear power plant cooling circuit to produce natural PRB assemblages on glass slides while testing 2 temperatures (mean temperature of 17 °C versus 19.5 °C). PRB were sampled at 2 sampling times during PRB accretion (6 and 21 days) in both temperatures. Bacterial community composition was assessed using ARISA. Denitrifier community abundance and denitrification gene mRNA levels were estimated by q-PCR and qRT-PCR, respectively, of 5 genes encoding catalytic subunits of the denitrification key enzymes. Denitrification enzyme activity (DEA) was measured by the acetylene-block assay at 20 °C. A mean water warming of 2.5 °C was sufficient to produce contrasted total bacterial and denitrifier communities and, therefore, to affect DEA. Indirect temperature effect on DEA may have varied between sampling time, increasing by up to 10 the denitrification rate of 6-day-old PRB and decreasing by up to 5 the denitrification rate of 21-day-old PRB. The present results suggest that indirect effects of warming through changes in bacterial community composition, coupled to the strong direct effect of temperature on DEA already demonstrated in PRB, could modulate dissolved nitrogen removal by denitrification in rivers and streams. - Highlights: •We produced river biofilms in 2 mean temperature conditions: 17 vs 19.5 °C. •We compared their denitrifiers' structuring and functioning in 6d- and 21d-old biofilms. •A difference of 2.5 °C produced contrasted denitrifier communities. •The indirect temperature effect on denitrification activity shifted between biofilm age. •Warming impact strongly depends on the bacterial successional trajectory

  13. Warming-induced changes in denitrifier community structure modulate the ability of phototrophic river biofilms to denitrify

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    Boulêtreau, Stéphanie, E-mail: stephanie.bouletreau@univ-tlse3.fr [Université de Toulouse, UPS, INP, EcoLab (Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, EcoLab, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Lyautey, Emilie [Université de Toulouse, UPS, INP, EcoLab (Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, EcoLab, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Dubois, Sophie [Université de Bordeaux, EPOC - OASU, UMR 5805, Station Marine d' Arcachon, 2 rue du Professeur Jolyet, 33120 Arcachon (France); Compin, Arthur [Université de Toulouse, UPS, INP, EcoLab (Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, EcoLab, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Delattre, Cécile; Touron-Bodilis, Aurélie [EDF Recherche et Développement, LNHE (Laboratoire National d' Hydraulique et Environnement), 6 quai Watier, F-78401 Chatou (France); Mastrorillo, Sylvain [Université de Toulouse, UPS, INP, EcoLab (Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement), 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse (France); CNRS, EcoLab, F-31062 Toulouse (France); Garabetian, Frédéric [Université de Bordeaux, EPOC - OASU, UMR 5805, Station Marine d' Arcachon, 2 rue du Professeur Jolyet, 33120 Arcachon (France)

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    Microbial denitrification is the main nitrogen removing process in freshwater ecosystems. The aim of this study was to show whether and how water warming (+ 2.5 °C) drives bacterial diversity and structuring and how bacterial diversity affects denitrification enzymatic activity in phototrophic river biofilms (PRB). We used water warming associated to the immediate thermal release of a nuclear power plant cooling circuit to produce natural PRB assemblages on glass slides while testing 2 temperatures (mean temperature of 17 °C versus 19.5 °C). PRB were sampled at 2 sampling times during PRB accretion (6 and 21 days) in both temperatures. Bacterial community composition was assessed using ARISA. Denitrifier community abundance and denitrification gene mRNA levels were estimated by q-PCR and qRT-PCR, respectively, of 5 genes encoding catalytic subunits of the denitrification key enzymes. Denitrification enzyme activity (DEA) was measured by the acetylene-block assay at 20 °C. A mean water warming of 2.5 °C was sufficient to produce contrasted total bacterial and denitrifier communities and, therefore, to affect DEA. Indirect temperature effect on DEA may have varied between sampling time, increasing by up to 10 the denitrification rate of 6-day-old PRB and decreasing by up to 5 the denitrification rate of 21-day-old PRB. The present results suggest that indirect effects of warming through changes in bacterial community composition, coupled to the strong direct effect of temperature on DEA already demonstrated in PRB, could modulate dissolved nitrogen removal by denitrification in rivers and streams. - Highlights: •We produced river biofilms in 2 mean temperature conditions: 17 vs 19.5 °C. •We compared their denitrifiers' structuring and functioning in 6d- and 21d-old biofilms. •A difference of 2.5 °C produced contrasted denitrifier communities. •The indirect temperature effect on denitrification activity shifted between biofilm age. •Warming impact strongly depends on the bacterial successional trajectory.

  14. Isolation of a Multiheme Protein with Features of a Hydrazine-Oxidizing Enzyme from an Anaerobic Ammonium-Oxidizing Enrichment Culture?

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    Shimamura, Munetaka; Nishiyama, Takashi; Shigetomo, Hiroyuki; Toyomoto, Takeshi; Kawahara, Yuka; Furukawa, Kenji; Fujii, Takao

    2006-01-01

    A multiheme protein having hydrazine-oxidizing activity was purified from enriched culture from a reactor in which an anammox bacterium, strain KSU-1, was dominant. The enzyme has oxidizing activity toward hydrazine but not hydroxylamine and is a 130-kDa homodimer composed of a 62-kDa polypeptide containing eight hemes. It was therefore named hydrazine-oxidizing enzyme (HZO). With cytochrome c as an electron acceptor, the Vmax and Km for hydrazine are 6.2 ± 0.3 ?mol/min · mg and 5.5 ± 0.6...

  15. Use of Stable-Isotope Probing, Full-Cycle rRNA Analysis, and Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization-Microautoradiography To Study a Methanol-Fed Denitrifying Microbial Community

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    Ginige, Maneesha P.; Hugenholtz, Philip; Daims, Holger; Wagner, Michael; Keller, Ju?rg; Blackall, Linda L.

    2004-01-01

    A denitrifying microbial consortium was enriched in an anoxically operated, methanol-fed sequencing batch reactor (SBR) fed with a mineral salts medium containing methanol as the sole carbon source and nitrate as the electron acceptor. The SBR was inoculated with sludge from a biological nutrient removal activated sludge plant exhibiting good denitrification. The SBR denitrification rate improved from less than 0.02 mg of NO3?-N mg of mixed-liquor volatile suspended solids (MLVSS)?1 h?1...

  16. Dynamics of Soil Denitrifier Populations: Relationships between Enzyme Activity, Most-Probable-Number Counts, and Actual N Gas Loss †

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    Martin, Kendall; Parsons, Laura L.; Murray, Robert E.; Smith, M. Scott

    1988-01-01

    To better understand temporal variability in soil denitrification, denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA) and denitrifier populations (as determined by most-probable-number [MPN] counts) were measured in field and laboratory experiments. Measurements of DEA and MPN provided highly contradictory indications of denitrifier dynamics. In laboratory incubations, under conditions favoring active denitrification, the synthesis of new denitrifying enzymes and the actual amount of denitrification were clo...

  17. Cultivo del nematodo Panagrellus redivivus (Goodey, 1945) en un medio de avena enriquecida con Spirulina sp. / Nematode culture of Panagrellus redivivus (Goodey, 1945) with Spirulina sp. - enriched oatmeal

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    Ramón, de Lara; Thalía, Castro; Jorge, Castro; Germán, Castro.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available El nematodo Panagrellus redivivus se cultivó en dos medios: uno con hojuelas de avena y otro con hojuelas de avena enriquecido con Spirulina sp., en recipientes de plástico de 15x15x5 cm de altura con 200 g de hojuela de avena y 300 mL de agua purificada. Se utilizaron 5 g de Spirulina en el medio. [...] Se utilizó el programa SYSTAT versión 10.2 para el análisis estadístico; para determinar las diferencias significativas entre los tratamientos, se usó un análisis de varianza unidireccional (ANDEVA) con una confiabilidad ?= 0,05. Los resultados obtenidos muestran que el crecimiento de las poblaciones de nematodos en el medio enriquecido con Spirulina presentó la mayor abundancia de individuos a la segunda semana del cultivo, mientras que la población que creció en el medio de avena, presentó su mayor registro a la quinta semana del cultivo y no alcanzó el número de organismos que tuvo la población cultivada en el medio con Spirulina. El contenido de aminoácidos de las poblaciones de ambos medios se comparó y se cotejaron con los reportados para Artemia alimentada con Spirulina, observándose que en la mayoría de los aminoácidos las cantidades fueron mayores en P. redivivus cultivado en el medio con Spirulina. La composición de ácidos grasos en los nematodos cultivados en ambos medios presentó diferencias significativas entre los ácidos grasos linoleico, araquidónico y eicosapentenoico los cuales fueron en mayor porcentaje que los reportados en P. redivivus cultivado en avena con aceite de girasol. Estos datos demuestran que la cianobacteria Spirulina sp. acelera el crecimiento de la población del nematodo y permite la presencia de aminoácidos y ácidos grasos, y hace que estos nematodos puedan cubrir los requerimientos nutritivos de larvas de peces dulceacuícolas, sin embargo, se requieren estudios que lo demuestren Abstract in english The nematode Pangrellus redivivus was cultured in two media: one with oat flakes and the other with Spirulina sp.-enriched oat flakes, in 15x15x5 cm plastic containers with 200 g oat flakes and 300 mL purified water. Five grams of Spirulina was used in the medium. SYSTAT version 10.2 was used for st [...] atistical analysis; to determine the significant differences between treatment a unidirectional analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used with a confidence level of ?= 0.05. The results show that growth of the nematode population in the Spirulina-enriched medium presented the highest abundance of individuals on the second week of culture, whereas the population grown in the oat flakes medium showed the highest abundance on the fifth week of culture and did not reach the number of organisms attained by the population cultured in the Spirulina-enriched medium. The amino acids content of the populations from both media were compared to those reported for Artemia fed with Spirulina, observing that the amounts were higher for most amino acids in P. redivivus cultured in the Spirulina-enriched medium. The composition of fatty acids in the nematode cultures in both media depicted significant differences for the linoleic, arachidonic, and eicosapentaenoic fatty acids, which were found in a higher percentage than reported for P. redivivus cultures in oat flakes supplemented with sunflower oil. These data reveal that the cyanobacterium Spirulina sp. accelerates growth of the nematode populations and allows the presence of amino and fatty acids, making these nematodes suitable to cover the nutritional requirements of freshwater fish larvae, but further studies are needed to demonstrate it

  18. Community Composition and Functioning of Denitrifying Bacteria from Adjacent Meadow and Forest Soils

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    Rich, J. J.; Heichen, R. S.; Bottomley, P. J.; Cromack, K.; Myrold, D. D.

    2003-01-01

    We investigated communities of denitrifying bacteria from adjacent meadow and forest soils. Our objectives were to explore spatial gradients in denitrifier communities from meadow to forest, examine whether community composition was related to ecological properties (such as vegetation type and process rates), and determine phylogenetic relationships among denitrifiers. nosZ, a key gene in the denitrification pathway for nitrous oxide reductase, served as a marker for denitrifying bacteria. Denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA) was measured as a proxy for function. Other variables, such as nitrification potential and soil C/N ratio, were also measured. Soil samples were taken along transects that spanned meadow-forest boundaries at two sites in the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Western Cascade Mountains of Oregon. Results indicated strong functional and structural community differences between the meadow and forest soils. Levels of DEA were an order of magnitude higher in the meadow soils. Denitrifying community composition was related to process rates and vegetation type as determined on the basis of multivariate analyses of nosZ terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism profiles. Denitrifier communities formed distinct groups according to vegetation type and site. Screening 225 nosZ clones yielded 47 unique denitrifying genotypes; the most dominant genotype occurred 31 times, and half the genotypes occurred once. Several dominant and less-dominant denitrifying genotypes were more characteristic of either meadow or forest soils. The majority of nosZ fragments sequenced from meadow or forest soils were most similar to nosZ from the Rhizobiaceae group in ?-Proteobacteria species. Denitrifying community composition, as well as environmental factors, may contribute to the variability of denitrification rates in these systems. PMID:14532052

  19. mRNA Differential Display in a Microbial Enrichment Culture: Simultaneous Identification of Three Cyclohexanone Monooxygenases from Three Species

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    Brzostowicz, Patricia C.; Walters, Dana M.; Thomas, Stuart M.; Nagarajan, Vasantha; Rouvière, Pierre E.

    2003-01-01

    mRNA differential display has been used to identify cyclohexanone oxidation genes in a mixed microbial community derived from a wastewater bioreactor. Thirteen DNA fragments randomly amplified from the total RNA of an enrichment subculture exposed to cyclohexanone corresponded to genes predicted to be involved in the degradation of cyclohexanone. Nine of these DNA fragments are part of genes encoding three distinct Baeyer-Villiger cyclohexanone monooxygenases from three different bacterial sp...

  20. Chloramphenicol Inhibition of Denitrifying Enzyme Activity in Two Agricultural Soils

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    Murray, Robert E.; Knowles, Roger

    1999-01-01

    Chloramphenicol, at concentrations greater than 0.1 g/liter (0.3 mM), inhibited the denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA) of slurries of humisol and sandy loam soils by disrupting the activity of existing nitrate reductase enzymes. When the concentration of chloramphenicol was increased from 0.1 to 2.0 g/liter (6.0 mM), the rate of nitrite production from nitrate decreased by 25 to 46%. The rate of NO production from nitrate decreased by 20 to 39%, and the rate of N2O production from nitrate, in...

  1. Modeling denitrifying sulfide removal process using artificial neural networks.

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    Wang, Aijie; Liu, Chunshuang; Han, Hongjun; Ren, Nanqi; Lee, Duu-Jong

    2009-09-15

    The denitrifying sulfide removal (DSR) process has complex interactions between autotrophic and heterotrophic denitrifers; thus, constructing a detailed mechanistic model and proper control architecture is difficult. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are capable of inferring the complex relationships between input and output process variables without a detailed characterization of the mechanisms governing the process. This work presents a novel ANN that accurately predicts the steady-state performance of an expended granular sludge bed (EGSB)-DSR bioreactor for nitrite denitrification and the complete DSR process. The proposed ANN shows that at a threshold hydraulic retention time (HRT)<7h, influent sulfide concentration markedly affects reactor performance. PMID:19359094

  2. Modeling denitrifying sulfide removal process using artificial neural networks

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    The denitrifying sulfide removal (DSR) process has complex interactions between autotrophic and heterotrophic denitrifers; thus, constructing a detailed mechanistic model and proper control architecture is difficult. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are capable of inferring the complex relationships between input and output process variables without a detailed characterization of the mechanisms governing the process. This work presents a novel ANN that accurately predicts the steady-state performance of an expended granular sludge bed (EGSB)-DSR bioreactor for nitrite denitrification and the complete DSR process. The proposed ANN shows that at a threshold hydraulic retention time (HRT) < 7 h, influent sulfide concentration markedly affects reactor performance.

  3. Anaerobic degradation of toluene by a denitrifying bacterium.

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    Evans, P. J.; Mang, D. T.; Kim, K. S.; Young, L. Y.

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    A denitrifying bacterium, designated strain T1, that grew with toluene as the sole source of carbon under anaerobic conditions was isolated. The type of agar used in solid media and the toxicity of toluene were determinative factors in the successful isolation of strain T1. Greater than 50% of the toluene carbon was oxidized to CO2, and 29% was assimilated into biomass. The oxidation of toluene to CO2 was stoichiometrically coupled to nitrate reduction and denitrification. Strain T1 was toler...

  4. Relative binding and biochemical effects of heterodimeric and homodimeric isoforms of platelet-derived growth factor in osteoblast-enriched cultures from fetal rat bone

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    Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) exists as a homodimer or a heterodimer comprising either PDGF-A or PDGF-B subunits, and each isoform occurs in various tissues, including bone. Although the stimulatory effects of PDGF-BB have been studied in cultures of bone cells and intact bone fragments, the influence of other isoforms that may arise locally or systematically in vivo, has not been reported. Therefore recombinant human PDGF-BB, PDGF-AB, and PDGF-AA were evaluated in osteoblast-enriched cultures from fetal rat bone. Within 24 hours these factors produced a graded response in bone cell DNA and protein synthesis, with half-maximal effects at approximately 0.6, 2.1, and 4.8 nM PDGF-BB, PDGF-AB, and PDGF-AA, respectively. Increases in collagen and noncollagen protein synthesis were abrogated when DNA synthesis was blocked with hydroxyurea. Furthermore, each factor reduced alkaline phosphatase activity, PDGF-BB being the most inhibitory. Binding studies with 125I-PDGF-BB or 125I-PDGF-AA and each unlabeled PDGF isoform produced discrete ligand binding and displacement patterns: 125I-PDGF-BB binding was preferentially displaced by PDGF-BB (Ki approximately 0.7 nM), less by PDGF-AB (Ki approximately 2.3 nM) and poorly by PDGF-AA. In contrast, 125I-PDGF-AA binding was measurably reduced by PDGF-AA (Ki approximately 4.0 nM), but was more effectively displaced by PDGF-BB or PDGF-AB (each with Ki approximately 0.7 nM). These studies indicate that each PDGF isoform produces indicate that each PDGF isoform produces biochemical effects proportional to binding site occupancy and suggest that receptors that favor PDGF-B subunit binding preferentially mediate these results in osteoblast-enriched bone cell cultures

  5. Rapid in vitro regeneration method for Moringa oleifera and performance evaluation of field grown nutritionally enriched tissue cultured plants

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    R. K. Saini; Shetty, N P; Giridhar, P.; Ravishankar, G. A.

    2012-01-01

    The present investigations were attempted to develop the rapid in vitro micropropagation protocol of Moringa oleifera (Variety-PKM-1) from nodal sections of young, aseptically grown seedlings. Benzyladenine (BA) at 4.44 ?M was found to be optimal in producing on maximum an average of 9.0 ± 1.0 axillary shoots per explant after 15 days of inoculation. A high multiplication rate was established through routine sub culturing of nodal sections explanted from in vitro shoot cultures. In vitro root...

  6. Uranium enrichment. Enrichment processes

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    Despite the remarkable progresses made in the diversity and the efficiency of the different uranium enrichment processes, only two industrial processes remain today which satisfy all of enriched uranium needs: the gaseous diffusion and the centrifugation. This article describes both processes and some others still at the demonstration or at the laboratory stage of development: 1 - general considerations; 2 - gaseous diffusion: physical principles, implementation, utilisation in the world; 3 - centrifugation: principles, elementary separation factor, flows inside a centrifuge, modeling of separation efficiencies, mechanical design, types of industrial centrifuges, realisation of cascades, main characteristics of the centrifugation process; 4 - aerodynamic processes: vortex process, nozzle process; 5 - chemical exchange separation processes: Japanese ASAHI process, French CHEMEX process; 6 - laser-based processes: SILVA process, SILMO process; 7 - electromagnetic and ionic processes: mass spectrometer and calutron, ion cyclotron resonance, rotating plasmas; 8 - thermal diffusion; 9 - conclusion. (J.S.)

  7. A Fungal Cytochrome P-450nor Confers Denitrifying Ability to Tobacco By-2 Cells

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    Babiker M.A. Abdel-Banat

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Reactive nitrogen gases progressively contribute to the global warming. Development of gas-gas denitrifying plants that can efficiently reduce reactive nitrogen gases to dinitrogen (N2 could help to mitigate the effect of these gases. Taking the advances in gene manipulation technology, tobacco BY-2 cells were transformed with the fungus Cylindrocarpon tonkinense cytochrome P-450nor2 (Cnor2 gene. The product of this gene acts as nitric oxide reductase (nor. Transgenic BY-2 cell clones cultured in 15N-labelled nitrate (15NO3- actively evolved 15N2O gas up to 35-folds compared to the wild-type cells. In 15N-labelled ammonium (15NH4+, the transgenic and wild-type cells produced comparable amounts of 15N2O. This indicates that ammonium is not a direct substrate for nor and the small amount of N2O observed may be due to the nitrification of ammonium to nitrite. Addition of tungstate (a nitrate reductase inhibitor and cyanide to the transgenic cell cultures strongly inhibited 15N2O production. Activity of nor enzyme was also confirmed by in vitro activity assay. These observations together suggest that Cnor2 is actively expressed and enhanced the reduction of nitrate to N2O in plant cells. This finding indicates that plant cells are capable to tackle the denitrification pathway.

  8. Elemental sulfur formation and nitrogen removal from wastewaters by autotrophic denitrifiers and anammox bacteria.

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    Liu, Chunshuang; Zhao, Dongfeng; Yan, Laihong; Wang, Aijie; Gu, Yingying; Lee, Duu-Jong

    2015-09-01

    Elemental sulfur (S(0)) formation from and nitrogen removal on sulfide, nitrate and ammonium-laden wastewaters were achieved by denitrifying ammonium oxidation (DEAMOX) reactor with autotrophic denitrifiers and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) bacteria. The sulfide to nitrate ratio is a key process parameter for excess accumulation of S(0) and a ratio of 1.31:1 is a proposed optimum. The Alishewanella, Thauera and Candidatus Anammoximicrobium present respectively the autotrophic denitrifiers and anammox bacteria for the reactor. DEAMOX is demonstrated promising biological process for treating organics-deficient (S+N) wastewaters with excess S(0) production. PMID:26022701

  9. Comparative analysis of tertiary alcohol esterase activity in bacterial strains isolated from enrichment cultures and from screening strain libraries.

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    Herter, Susanne; Nguyen, Giang-Son; Thompson, Mark L; Steffen-Munsberg, Fabian; Schauer, Frieder; Bornscheuer, Uwe T; Kourist, Robert

    2011-05-01

    The preparation of enantiopure tertiary alcohols is of great contemporary interest due to the application of these versatile building blocks in organic synthesis and as precursors towards high value pharmaceutical compounds. Herein, we describe two approaches taken towards the discovery of novel biocatalysts for the synthesis of these valuable compounds. The first approach was initiated with screening of 47 bacterial strains for hydrolytic activity towards the simple tertiary alcohol ester tert-butyl acetate. In conjunction, a second method focussed on the isolation of strains competent for growth on tert-butyl acetate as the sole source of carbon and energy. From functional screening, 10 Gram-positive Actinomycetes showed hydrolytic activity, whilst enrichment selection resulted in the identification of 14 active strains, of which five belong to the Gram-negative cell-wall type. Bacterial strains obtained from both approaches were viable for enantioselective hydrolysis of pyridine substituted tertiary alcohol esters in addition to bulky aliphatic and keto-derived substrates from the same class. Activity towards each of the test substrates was uncovered, with promising enantioselectivities of up to E = 71 in the hydrolysis of a para-substituted pyridine tertiary alcohol ester using a strain of Rhodococcus ruber. Interestingly strains of Microbacterium and Alcaligenes sp. gave opposite enantiopreference in the hydrolysis of a meta-substituted pyridine tertiary alcohol ester with E values of 17 and 54. These approaches show that via both possibilities, screening established strain collections and performing enrichment selection, it is possible to identify novel species which show activity towards sterically challenging substrates. PMID:21318363

  10. Determination of the cause of the symptoms on yellow yam (Dioscorea cayenensis Lam.) leaf tissue and their eradication, enriching the culture medium and using techniques of meristem culture, thermo and chemotherapy on in vitro conditions

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    Yams (Dioscorea spp) has been cultivated for exportation in Costa Rica, in North Huetar region. In vitro culture technique has been used for multiplying planting material for many advantages. However, cleaning of viruses that affect has been ineffective. Viruses such as: the potyvirus, potexvirus, cucumovirus . Methods like meristem culture, chemotherapy, thermotherapy and combinations of these have been used for the elimination of virus in plant species. The plants were evaluated in indexing assays, observing symptoms, serological methods and electron microscopy, among others. Other problems that have been affecting in vitro plant are deficient culture media in some nutrient. The presence of some abnormal characteristics in leaf tissue was determined whether have been caused by a virus or a nutritional deficiency in the culture medium. The presence of the virus has tried to find using ELISA and electron microscopy. Tests meristem culture, thermotherapy and chemotherapy have been made for the eradication of a possible virus; which have been assessed by observation of symptomatology and ELISA. The efficiency of the culture medium was evaluated to enrich it with nitrogen or excess iron. None of the suspected virus found in ELISA tests. Filaments are presumably viral particles were found through analysis of ultrastructure, as well as alterations in chloroplasts which indicated the presence of a pathogen or toxicity. Thermotherapy and chemotherapy with the concentration o and chemotherapy with the concentration of 40 mg/L of ribavirin have been the most effective for the elimination of symptoms in virus eradication treatments. Assessments nutrient concentrations have shown that the differences between the various treatments used were undetectable. The symptoms presented were caused, according to the conclusions, by a virus which should preferably deal with thermotherapy. (author)

  11. Denitrifying bacterial community composition changes associated with stages of denitrification in oxygen minimum zones

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    Jayakumar, D.A.; O'Mullan, G.D.; Naqvi, S.W.A.; Ward, B.B.

    2009-01-01

    , responsible for key denitrification transformation steps is described. It is shown that denitrifying assemblages vary in space and time and exhibit striking changes in diversity associated with the progression of denitrification from initial anoxia through...

  12. Enrichment of denitrifying phosphorus accumulating organisms (DPAOs) in a continuous flow laboratory scale plant

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    Enhanced Biological Phosphate Removal (EBPR) is a well established method for efficient removal of phosphate during wastewater treatment by using biological instead of chemical phenomena. EBPR is currently implemented at a number of Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) and usually phosphate removal occurs by recirculating activated sludge between an anaerobic and a aerobic tank. (Author)

  13. Isolation of a multiheme protein with features of a hydrazine-oxidizing enzyme from an anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing enrichment culture.

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    Shimamura, Munetaka; Nishiyama, Takashi; Shigetomo, Hiroyuki; Toyomoto, Takeshi; Kawahara, Yuka; Furukawa, Kenji; Fujii, Takao

    2007-02-01

    A multiheme protein having hydrazine-oxidizing activity was purified from enriched culture from a reactor in which an anammox bacterium, strain KSU-1, was dominant. The enzyme has oxidizing activity toward hydrazine but not hydroxylamine and is a 130-kDa homodimer composed of a 62-kDa polypeptide containing eight hemes. It was therefore named hydrazine-oxidizing enzyme (HZO). With cytochrome c as an electron acceptor, the V(max) and K(m) for hydrazine are 6.2 +/- 0.3 micromol/min.mg and 5.5 +/- 0.6 microM, respectively. Hydrazine (25 microM) induced an increase in the proportion of reduced form in the spectrum, whereas hydroxylamine (500 microM) did not. Two genes coding for HZO, hzoA and hzoB, were identified within the metagenomic DNA from the culture. The genes encode the same amino acid sequence except for two residues. The sequences deduced from these genes showed low-level identities (Kuenenia stuttgartiensis" (88% and 89% identities). The purified enzyme might therefore be a novel hydrazine-oxidizing enzyme having a critical role in anaerobic ammonium oxidation. PMID:17172456

  14. Thermo-acidophillic biohydrogen production from rice bran de-oiled wastewater by Selectively enriched mixed culture

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    D.Sivaramakrishna, D.Sreekanth, V.Himabindu, M.Lakshmi Narasu

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study focuses on the biohydrogen production in an anaerobic batch reactor operated at thermophillic (570C and acidophilic conditions (pH 6 with rice bran de-oiled wastewater (RBOW as substrate. The hydrogen generating mixed microflora was enriched from slaughter house sludge (SHS through acid treatment (pH 3-4, for 24h coupled with heat treatment (1h at 1000C to eliminate non-spore forming bacteria and to inhibit the growth of methanogenic bacteria (MB prior to inoculation in the reactor. The hydrogen production rate was maximum at 570C (1861±14ml/L-WW/d compared to 370C (651±30ml/L-ww/d. The Hydrogen yield increased with temperature from 1.1 to 2.2 molH2/mol of substrate respectively. The optimum pH range for hydrogen production in this system was observed in between 5.5 to 6. Acid-forming pathway with butyric acid as a major metabolite dominated the metabolic flow during the hydrogen production.

  15. Spatial distribution of total, ammonia-oxidizing, and denitrifying bacteria in biological wastewater treatment reactors for bioregenerative life support

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    Sakano, Yuko; Pickering, Karen D.; Strom, Peter F.; Kerkhof, Lee J.; Janes, H. W. (Principal Investigator)

    2002-01-01

    Bioregenerative life support systems may be necessary for long-term space missions due to the high cost of lifting supplies and equipment into orbit. In this study, we investigated two biological wastewater treatment reactors designed to recover potable water for a spacefaring crew being tested at Johnson Space Center. The experiment (Lunar-Mars Life Support Test Project-Phase III) consisted of four crew members confined in a test chamber for 91 days. In order to recycle all water during the experiment, an immobilized cell bioreactor (ICB) was employed for organic carbon removal and a trickling filter bioreactor (TFB) was utilized for ammonia removal, followed by physical-chemical treatment. In this study, the spatial distribution of various microorganisms within each bioreactor was analyzed by using biofilm samples taken from four locations in the ICB and three locations in the TFB. Three target genes were used for characterization of bacteria: the 16S rRNA gene for the total bacterial community, the ammonia monooxygenase (amoA) gene for ammonia-oxidizing bacteria, and the nitrous oxide reductase (nosZ) gene for denitrifying bacteria. A combination of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP), sequence, and phylogenetic analyses indicated that the microbial community composition in the ICB and the TFB consisted mainly of Proteobacteria, low-G+C gram-positive bacteria, and a Cytophaga-Flexibacter-Bacteroides group. Fifty-seven novel 16S rRNA genes, 8 novel amoA genes, and 12 new nosZ genes were identified in this study. Temporal shifts in the species composition of total bacteria in both the ICB and the TFB and ammonia-oxidizing and denitrifying bacteria in the TFB were also detected when the biofilms were compared with the inocula after 91 days. This result suggests that specific microbial populations were either brought in by the crew or enriched in the reactors during the course of operation.

  16. Bacterial diversity of autotrophic enriched cultures from remote, glacial Antarctic, Alpine and Andean aerosol, snow and soil samples

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    E. González-Toril

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Four different communities and one culture of autotrophic microbial assemblages were obtained by incubation of samples collected from high elevation snow in the Alps (Mt. Blanc area and the Andes (Nevado Illimani summit, Bolivia, from Antarctic aerosol (French station Dumont d'Urville and a maritime Antarctic soil (King George Island, South Shetlands, Uruguay Station Artigas, in a minimal mineral (oligotrophic media. Molecular analysis of more than 200 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that all cultured cells belong to the Bacteria domain. Phylogenetic comparison with the currently available rDNA database allowed sequences belonging to Proteobacteria Alpha-, Beta- and Gamma-proteobacteria, Actinobacteria and Bacteroidetes phyla to be identified. The Andes snow culture was the richest in bacterial diversity (eight microorganisms identified and the marine Antarctic soil the poorest (only one. Snow samples from Col du Midi (Alps and the Andes shared the highest number of identified microorganisms (Agrobacterium, Limnobacter, Aquiflexus and two uncultured Alphaproteobacteria clones. These two sampling sites also shared four sequences with the Antarctic aerosol sample (Limnobacter, Pseudonocardia and an uncultured Alphaproteobacteriaclone. The only microorganism identified in the Antarctica soil (Brevundimonas sp. was also detected in the Antarctic aerosol. Most of the identified microorganisms had been detected previously in cold environments, marine sediments soils and rocks. Air current dispersal is the best model to explain the presence of very specific microorganisms, like those identified in this work, in environments very distant and very different from each other.

  17. Isotope enrichment

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    In this chapter of the textbook for chemists the isotope enrichment methods are overviewed. The subsections are: General characterization of the methods used for isotope enrichment, Distillation and chemical exchange, Electrochemical methods, Diffusion methods, Isotope enrichment through centrifugation, Single-stage methods, Cascades

  18. Initial reactions in anaerobic ethylbenzene oxidation by a denitrifying bacterium, strain EB1.

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    Ball, H. A.; Johnson, H.A.; Reinhard, M; Spormann, A M

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    Initial reactions in anaerobic oxidation of ethylbenzene were investigated in a denitrifying bacterium, strain EB1. Cells of strain EB1 mineralized ethylbenzene to CO2 under denitrifying conditions, as demonstrated by conversion of 69% of [14C]ethylbenzene to 14CO2. In anaerobic suspensions of strain EB1 cells metabolizing ethylbenzene, the transient formation and consumption of 1-phenylethanol, acetophenone, and an as yet unidentified compound were observed. On the basis of growth experiment...

  19. Nitrogen Removal from Micro-Polluted Reservoir Water by Indigenous Aerobic Denitrifiers

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Treatment of micro-polluted source water is receiving increasing attention because of environmental awareness on a global level. We isolated and identified aerobic denitrifying bacteria Zoogloea sp. N299, Acinetobacter sp. G107, and Acinetobacter sp. 81Y and used these to remediate samples of their native source water. We first domesticated the isolated strains in the source water, and the 48-h nitrate removal rates of strains N299, G107, and 81Y reached 33.69%, 28.28%, and 22.86%, respectively, with no nitrite accumulation. We then conducted a source-water remediation experiment and cultured the domesticated strains (each at a dry cell weight concentration of 0.4 ppm together in a sample of source water at 20–26 °C and a dissolved oxygen concentration of 3–7 mg/L for 60 days. The nitrate concentration of the system decreased from 1.57 ± 0.02 to 0.42 ± 0.01 mg/L and that of a control system decreased from 1.63 ± 0.02 to 1.30 ± 0.01 mg/L, each with no nitrite accumulation. Total nitrogen of the bacterial system changed from 2.31 ± 0.12 to 1.09 ± 0.01 mg/L, while that of the control system changed from 2.51 ± 0.13 to 1.72 ± 0.06 mg/L. The densities of aerobic denitrification bacteria in the experimental and control systems ranged from 2.8 × 104 to 2 × 107 cfu/mL and from 7.75 × 103 to 5.5 × 105 cfu/mL, respectively. The permanganate index in the experimental and control systems decreased from 5.94 ± 0.12 to 3.10 ± 0.08 mg/L and from 6.02 ± 0.13 to 3.61 ± 0.11 mg/L, respectively, over the course of the experiment. Next, we supplemented samples of the experimental and control systems with additional bacteria or additional source water and cultivated the systems for another 35 days. The additional bacteria did little to improve the water quality. The additional source water provided supplemental carbon and brought the nitrate removal rate in the experimental system to 16.97%, while that in the control system reached only 3.01%, with no nitrite accumulation in either system. Our results show that aerobic denitrifying bacteria remain highly active after domestication and demonstrate the applicability of such organisms in the bioremediation of oligotrophic ecosystems.

  20. Nitrogen removal from micro-polluted reservoir water by indigenous aerobic denitrifiers.

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    Huang, Ting-Lin; Zhou, Shi-Lei; Zhang, Hai-Han; Zhou, Na; Guo, Lin; Di, Shi-Yu; Zhou, Zi-Zhen

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of micro-polluted source water is receiving increasing attention because of environmental awareness on a global level. We isolated and identified aerobic denitrifying bacteria Zoogloea sp. N299, Acinetobacter sp. G107, and Acinetobacter sp. 81Y and used these to remediate samples of their native source water. We first domesticated the isolated strains in the source water, and the 48-h nitrate removal rates of strains N299, G107, and 81Y reached 33.69%, 28.28%, and 22.86%, respectively, with no nitrite accumulation. We then conducted a source-water remediation experiment and cultured the domesticated strains (each at a dry cell weight concentration of 0.4 ppm) together in a sample of source water at 20-26 °C and a dissolved oxygen concentration of 3-7 mg/L for 60 days. The nitrate concentration of the system decreased from 1.57 ± 0.02 to 0.42 ± 0.01 mg/L and that of a control system decreased from 1.63 ± 0.02 to 1.30 ± 0.01 mg/L, each with no nitrite accumulation. Total nitrogen of the bacterial system changed from 2.31 ± 0.12 to 1.09 ± 0.01 mg/L, while that of the control system changed from 2.51 ± 0.13 to 1.72 ± 0.06 mg/L. The densities of aerobic denitrification bacteria in the experimental and control systems ranged from 2.8 × 10(4) to 2 × 10(7) cfu/mL and from 7.75 × 10(3) to 5.5 × 10(5) cfu/mL, respectively. The permanganate index in the experimental and control systems decreased from 5.94 ± 0.12 to 3.10 ± 0.08 mg/L and from 6.02 ± 0.13 to 3.61 ± 0.11 mg/L, respectively, over the course of the experiment. Next, we supplemented samples of the experimental and control systems with additional bacteria or additional source water and cultivated the systems for another 35 days. The additional bacteria did little to improve the water quality. The additional source water provided supplemental carbon and brought the nitrate removal rate in the experimental system to 16.97%, while that in the control system reached only 3.01%, with no nitrite accumulation in either system. Our results show that aerobic denitrifying bacteria remain highly active after domestication and demonstrate the applicability of such organisms in the bioremediation of oligotrophic ecosystems. PMID:25867475

  1. Aerobic and anaerobic degradation of a range of alkyl sulfides by a denitrifying marine bacterium

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    Visscher, P.T.; Taylor, B.F.

    1993-01-01

    A pure culture of a bacterium was obtained from a marine microbial mat by using an anoxic medium containing dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and nitrate. The isolate grew aerobically or anaerobically as a denitrifier on alkyl sulfides, including DMS, dimethyl disulfide, diethyl sulfide (DES), ethyl methyl sulfide, dipropyl sulfide, dibutyl sulfide, and dibutyl disulfide. Cells grown on an alkyl sulfide or disulfide also oxidized the corresponding thiols, namely, methanethiol, ethanethiol, propanethiol, or butanethiol. Alkyl sulfides were metabolized by induced or derepressed cells with oxygen, nitrate, or nitrite as electron acceptor. Cells grown on DMS immediately metabolized DMS, but there was a lag before DES was consumed; with DES-grown cells, DES was immediately used but DMS was used only after a lag. Chloramphenicol prevented the eventual use of DES by DMS-grown cells and DMS use by DES-grown cells, respectively, indicating separate enzymes for the metabolism of methyl and ethyl groups. Growth was rapid on formate, acetate, propionate, and butyrate but slow on methanol. The organism also grew chemolithotrophically on thiosulfate with a decrease in pH; growth required carbonate in the medium. Growth on sulfide was also carbonate dependent but slow. The isolate was identified as a Thiobacillus sp. and designated strain ASN-1. It may have utility for removing alkyl sulfides, and also nitrate, nitrite, and sulfide, from wastewaters.

  2. NirS-containing denitrifier communities in the water column and sediment of the Baltic Sea

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    K. Jürgens

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to compare structural differences in the denitrifying microbial communities along the environmental gradients observed in the water column and coastal sediments of the Baltic Sea. To link community structure and environmental gradients, denitrifier communities were analyzed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP based on nirS as a functional marker gene for denitrification. NirS-type denitrifier community composition was further evaluated by phylogenetic analysis of nirS sequences from clone libraries. T-RFLP analysis indicated some overlap but also major differences of communities from the water column and the sediment. Shifts in community composition along the biogeochemical gradients were observed only in the water column while denitrifier communities were rather uniform within the upper 30 mm of the sediment. Specific terminal restriction fragments (T-RFs indicative for the sulfidic zone suggest the presence of nitrate-reducing and sulfide-oxidizing microorganisms that were previously shown to be important at the suboxic-sulfidic interface in the water column of the Baltic Sea. Phylogenetic analysis of nirS genes from the Baltic Sea and of sequences from marine habitats all over the world indicated distinct denitrifier communities that grouped mostly according to their habitat. We suggest that these subgroups of denitrifiers had developed after selection through several factors, i.e. their habitats (water column or sediment, impact by prevalent environmental conditions and isolation by large geographic distances between habitats.

  3. nirS-containing denitrifier communities in the water column and sediment of the Baltic Sea

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    S. Falk

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to compare structural differences in the nirS-type denitrifying microbial communities along the environmental gradients observed in the water column and coastal sediments of the Baltic Sea. To link community structure and environmental gradients, denitrifier communities were analyzed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP based on nirS as a functional marker gene for denitrification. nirS-type denitrifier community composition was further evaluated by phylogenetic analysis of nirS sequences from clone libraries. T-RFLP analysis indicated some overlap but also major differences between communities from the water column and the sediment. Shifts in community composition along the biogeochemical gradients were observed only in the water column while denitrifier communities were rather uniform within the upper 30 mm of the sediment. Specific terminal restriction fragments (T-RFs indicative of the sulfidic zone suggest the presence of nitrate-reducing and sulfide-oxidizing microorganisms that were previously shown to be important at the suboxic-sulfidic interface in the water column of the Baltic Sea. Phylogenetic analysis of nirS genes from the Baltic Sea and of sequences from marine habitats all over the world indicated distinct denitrifier communities that grouped mostly according to their habitats. We suggest that these subgroups of denitrifiers had developed after selection through several factors, i.e. their habitats (water column or sediment, impact by prevalent environmental conditions and isolation by large geographic distances between habitats.

  4. Cultivation of Denitrifying Bacteria: Optimization of Isolation Conditions and Diversity Study†

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    Heylen, Kim; Vanparys, Bram; Wittebolle, Lieven; Verstraete, Willy; Boon, Nico; De Vos, Paul

    2006-01-01

    An evolutionary algorithm was applied to study the complex interactions between medium parameters and their effects on the isolation of denitrifying bacteria, both in number and in diversity. Growth media with a pH of 7 and a nitrogen concentration of 3 mM, supplemented with 1 ml of vitamin solution but not with sodium chloride or riboflavin, were the most successful for the isolation of denitrifiers from activated sludge. The use of ethanol or succinate as a carbon source and a molar C/N ratio of 2.5, 20, or 25 were also favorable. After testing of 60 different medium parameter combinations and comparison with each other as well as with the standard medium Trypticase soy agar supplemented with nitrate, three growth media were highly suitable for the cultivation of denitrifying bacteria. All evaluated isolation conditions were used to study the cultivable denitrifier diversity of activated sludge from a municipal wastewater treatment plant. One hundred ninety-nine denitrifiers were isolated, the majority of which belonged to the Betaproteobacteria (50.4%) and the Alphaproteobacteria (36.8%). Representatives of Gammaproteobacteria (5.6%), Epsilonproteobacteria (2%), and Firmicutes (4%) and one isolate of the Bacteroidetes were also found. This study revealed a much more diverse denitrifying community than that previously described in cultivation-dependent research on activated sludge. PMID:16597968

  5. A system to enrich for primitive streak-derivatives, definitive endoderm and mesoderm, from pluripotent cells in culture.

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    Vassilieva, Svetlana; Goh, Hwee Ngee; Lau, Kevin X; Hughes, James N; Familari, Mary; Rathjen, Peter D; Rathjen, Joy

    2012-01-01

    Two lineages of endoderm develop during mammalian embryogenesis, the primitive endoderm in the pre-implantation blastocyst and the definitive endoderm at gastrulation. This complexity of endoderm cell populations is mirrored during pluripotent cell differentiation in vitro and has hindered the identification and purification of the definitive endoderm for use as a substrate for further differentiation. The aggregation and differentiation of early primitive ectoderm-like (EPL) cells, resulting in the formation of EPL-cell derived embryoid bodies (EPLEBs), is a model of gastrulation that progresses through the sequential formation of primitive streak-like intermediates to nascent mesoderm and more differentiated mesoderm populations. EPL cell-derived EBs have been further analysed for the formation of definitive endoderm by detailed morphological studies, gene expression and a protein uptake assay. In comparison to embryoid bodies derived from ES cells, which form primitive and definitive endoderm, the endoderm compartment of embryoid bodies formed from EPL cells was comprised almost exclusively of definitive endoderm. Definitive endoderm was defined as a population of squamous cells that expressed Sox17, CXCR4 and Trh, which formed without the prior formation of primitive endoderm and was unable to endocytose horseradish peroxidase from the medium. Definitive endoderm formed in EPLEBs provides a substrate for further differentiation into specific endoderm lineages; these lineages can be used as research tools for understanding the mechanisms controlling lineage establishment and the nature of the transient intermediates formed. The similarity between mouse EPL cells and human ES cells suggests EPLEBs can be used as a model system for the development of technologies to enrich for the formation of human ES cell-derived definitive endoderm in the future. PMID:22701686

  6. Heavy metal incorporation in foraminiferal calcite: results from multi-element enrichment culture experiments with Ammonia tepida

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    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The incorporation of heavy metals into carbonate tests of the shallow water benthic foraminifer Ammonia tepida was investigated under controlled laboratory conditions. Temperature, salinity, and pH of the culture solutions were kept constant throughout the duration of this experiment, while trace metal concentrations were varied. Concentrations of Ni, Cu, and Mn were set 5-, 10-, and 20 times higher than levels found in natural North Sea water; for reference, a control experiment with pure filtered natural North Sea water was also analysed. The concentrations of Cu and Ni from newly grown chambers were determined by means of both ?-synchrotron XRF and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (LA-ICP-MS. The results of both independent analytical techniques agreed within the analytical uncertainty. In general, the concentration of the analysed elements in the tests increased in line with their concentration in the culture solutions. Potential toxic and/or chemical competition effects might have resulted in the decreased incorporation of Ni and Cu into the calcite of the specimens exposed to the highest elemental concentrations. Mn incorporation exhibited large variability in the experiment with the 20-fold increased element concentrations, potentially due to antagonistic effects with Cu. The partition coefficients of Cu and Ni were calculated to be 0.14 ± 0.02 and 1.0 ± 0.5, respectively, whereas the partition coefficient of Mn was estimated to be least 2.4. These partition coefficients now open the way for reconstructing past concentrations for these elements in sea water.

  7. NirS-containing denitrifier communities in the water column and sediment of the Baltic Sea

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    The aim of this study was to compare structural differences in the nirS-type denitrifying microbial communities along the environmental gradients observed in the water column and coastal sediments of the Baltic Sea. To link community structure and environmental gradients, denitrifier communities were analyzed by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) based on nirS as a functional marker gene for denitrification. nirS-type denitrifier community composition was further evalu...

  8. The social cost of coastal erosion. Using cultural theory to enrich the interpretation of stated preference data.

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    Kontogianni, A.; Tourkolias, C.; Vousdoukas, M.; Skourtos, M.

    2012-04-01

    Natural coastal processes are to a great extent modified by proximity to man-made structures. Engineered interventions, port facilities, housing and industrial infrastructure, all can increase the coastline fluctuations significantly relative to those along a long unobstructed coastline. As a consequence, coastlines are increasingly exposed to coastal erosion, a phenomenon defined as the encroachment of land by the sea after averaging over a period, which is sufficiently long to eliminate the impacts of weather, storm events and local sediment dynamics. In order to provide cost effective management of coastal erosion it is crucial to estimate both the benefits and costs associated with various management alternatives. The initiatives on Integrated Coastal Zone Manegment in Europe, but also the upcoming Marine Strategy Framwork Directive would benefit greatly from a proliferation of socioeconomic information to assist decision makers who must weigh the impacts of various types of coastal improvement and the cost of beach protection/restoration. In that spirit, the objective of the present research is to report the results of a survey undertaken in two resort beaches on the island of Lesvos (Greece), designed to estimate public preferences for avoiding coastal erosion. A mixed methodological approach is employed by combining an open-ended contingent valuation survey with cultural theory of risk perception. The empirical models to analyze individual choices of erosion control programs and the associated welfare measures are presented, followed by the discussion of model specification and estimation issues, and the results of the data analysis. Some concluding remarks are then presented. By choosing this approach we aim at improving our understanding of preference structure for avoiding public risk, accepted level of risk and perceptions thereof. The framework can also be used for assessing the social cost of extreme weather events such as storm surges in the coastal zone, to get an insight for insurance values.

  9. Effect of pH on the denitrifying enzyme activity in pasture soils in relation to the intrinsic differences in denitrifier communities.

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    2011-01-01

    Ro?. 56, ?. 3 (2011), s. 230-235. ISSN 0015-5632 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC06066; GA AV ?R IAA600660605 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : pH * denitrifying enzyme activity * pasture soils Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 0.677, year: 2011

  10. DNA stable-isotope probing of oil sands tailings pond enrichment cultures reveals different key players for toluene degradation under methanogenic and sulfidogenic conditions.

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    Laban, Nidal Abu; Dao, Anh; Foght, Julia

    2015-05-01

    Oil sands tailings ponds are anaerobic repositories of fluid wastes produced by extraction of bitumen from oil sands ores. Diverse indigenous microbiota biodegrade hydrocarbons (including toluene) in situ, producing methane, carbon dioxide and/or hydrogen sulfide, depending on electron acceptor availability. Stable-isotope probing of cultures enriched from tailings associated specific taxa and functional genes to (13)C6- and (12)C7-toluene degradation under methanogenic and sulfate-reducing conditions. Total DNA was subjected to isopycnic ultracentrifugation followed by gradient fraction analysis using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and construction of 16S rRNA, benzylsuccinate synthase (bssA) and dissimilatory sulfite reductase (dsrB) gene clone libraries. T-RFLP analysis plus sequencing and in silico digestion of cloned taxonomic and functional genes revealed that Clostridiales, particularly Desulfosporosinus (136 bp T-RF) contained bssA genes and were key toluene degraders during methanogenesis dominated by Methanosaeta. Deltaproteobacterial Desulfobulbaceae (157 bp T-RF) became dominant under sulfidogenic conditions, likely because the Desulfosporosinus T-RF 136 apparently lacks dsrB and therefore, unlike its close relatives, is presumed incapable of dissimilatory sulfate reduction. We infer incomplete oxidation of toluene by Desulfosporosinus in syntrophic association with Methanosaeta under methanogenic conditions, and complete toluene oxidation by Desulfobulbaceae during sulfate reduction. PMID:25873466

  11. Isolation and characterization of a mesophilic heavy-metals-tolerant sulfate-reducing bacterium Desulfomicrobium sp. from an enrichment culture using phosphogypsum as a sulfate source

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    A sulfate-reducing bacterium, was isolated from a 6 month trained enrichment culture in an anaerobic media containing phosphogypsum as a sulfate source, and, designated strain SA2. Cells of strain SA2 were rod-shaped, did not form spores and stained Gram-negative. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence of the isolate revealed that it was related to members of the genus Desulfomicrobium (average sequence similarity of 98%) with Desulfomicrobium baculatum being the most closely related (sequence similarity of 99%). Strain SA2 used thiosulfate, sulfate, sulfite and elemental sulfur as electron acceptors and produced sulfide. Strain SA2 reduced sulfate contained in 1-20 g/L phosphogypsum to sulfide with reduction of sulfate contained in 2 g/L phosphogypsum being the optimum concentration. Strain SA2 grew with metalloid, halogenated and non-metal ions present in phosphogypsum and with added high concentrations of heavy metals (125 ppm Zn and 100 ppm Ni, W, Li and Al). The relative order for the inhibitory metal concentrations, based on the IC50 values, was Cu, Te > Cd > Fe, Co, Mn > F, Se > Ni, Al, Li > Zn

  12. CD133-enriched Xeno-Free human embryonic-derived neural stem cells expand rapidly in culture and do not form teratomas in immunodeficient mice

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    Daniel L. Haus

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Common methods for the generation of human embryonic-derived neural stem cells (hNSCs result in cells with potentially compromised safety profiles due to maintenance of cells in conditions containing non-human proteins (e.g. in bovine serum or on mouse fibroblast feeders. Additionally, sufficient expansion of resulting hNSCs for scaling out or up in a clinically relevant time frame has proven to be difficult. Here, we report a strategy that produces hNSCs in completely “Xeno-Free” culture conditions. Furthermore, we have enriched the hNSCs for the cell surface marker CD133 via magnetic sorting, which has led to an increase in the expansion rate and neuronal fate specification of the hNSCs in vitro. Critically, we have also confirmed neural lineage specificity upon sorted hNSC transplantation into the immunodeficient NOD-scid mouse brain. The future use or adaptation of these protocols has the potential to better facilitate the advancement of pre-clinical strategies from the bench to the bedside.

  13. Phosphorus removal and N?O production in anaerobic/anoxic denitrifying phosphorus removal process: long-term impact of influent phosphorus concentration.

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    Wang, Zhen; Meng, Yuan; Fan, Ting; Du, Yuneng; Tang, Jie; Fan, Shisuo

    2015-03-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the long-term impact of influent phosphorus concentration on denitrifying phosphorus removal and N2O production during denitrifying phosphorous removal process. The results showed that, denitrifying phosphate accumulating organisms (DPAOs) could become dominant populations quickly in anaerobic/anoxic SBR by providing optimum cultivating conditions, and the reactor performed well for denitrifying phosphorus removal. The influent phosphorus concentration significantly affected anaerobic poly-?-hydroxyalkanoates (PHA) synthesis, denitrifying phosphorus removal, and N2O production during the denitrifying phosphorus removal process. As the influent phosphorus concentration was more than 20 mg L(-1), the activity of DPAOs began to be inhibited due to the transformation of the available carbon source type. Meanwhile, N2O production was inhibited with the mitigation of anoxic NO2(-)-N accumulation. Adoption of a modified feeding could enhance denitrifying phosphorus removal and inhibit N2O production during denitrifying phosphorous removal processes. PMID:25541320

  14. Feeding glycerol-enriched yeast culture improves performance, energy status, and heat shock protein gene expression of lactating Holstein cows under heat stress.

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    Liu, J; Ye, G; Zhou, Y; Liu, Y; Zhao, L; Liu, Y; Chen, X; Huang, D; Liao, S F; Huang, K

    2014-06-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of supplemental common yeast culture (CY) and glycerol-enriched yeast culture (GY) on performance, plasma metabolites, antioxidant status, and heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) mRNA expression in lactating Holstein cows under heat stress. During summer months, 30 healthy multiparous lactating cows (parity 3.25 ± 0.48; 60 ± 13 d in milk [DIM]; 648 ± 57 kg BW; an average milk yield of 33.8 ± 1.6 kg/d) were blocked by parity, previous milk yield, and DIM and randomly allocated to 3 dietary treatments: no supplemental yeast culture (Control), 1 L/d of CY (33.1 g yeast) per cow, and 2 L/d of GY (153.2 g glycerol and 31.6 g yeast) per cow. During the 60-d experiment, values of air temperature and relative humidity inside the barn were recorded hourly every 3 d to calculate temperature-humidity index (THI). Weekly rectal temperatures (RT) and respiration rates and daily DMI and milk yield were recorded for all cows. Milk and blood samples were taken twice monthly, and BW and BCS were obtained on d 0 and 60. In this experiment, THI values indicated cows experienced a moderate heat stress. Cows supplemented with CY and GY had greater yields of milk, energy-corrected milk and milk fat, and milk fat percent but lower HSP70 mRNA expression in peripheral blood lymphocytes than Control cows (P Control. Lower plasma NEFA concentration and HSP70 mRNA expression in peripheral blood lymphocytes (P < 0.05) and tendencies towards greater plasma glucose concentration (P = 0.11) but less BW loss (P = 0.14) were observed in GY relative to CY cows. In conclusion, either CY or GY supplementation partially mitigated the negative effects of heat stress on performance and HSP70 mRNA expression of lactating cows, and GY supplementation provided additional improvements in energy status and HSP70 gene expression of lactating cows. PMID:24668959

  15. Short circuiting in a denitrifying activated sludge tank.

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    Kjellstrand, R; Mattsson, A; Niklasson, C; Taherzadeh, M J

    2005-01-01

    The presence of a short circuit flow in a denitrifying activated sludge tank was identified and modelled. Tracer tests with pulse addition of lithium salt were used to investigate the hydraulics of the tank. The lithium concentration in the effluent was detected and residence time distribution (RTD) curves were generated. Hydraulic models based on completely stirred tank reactors (CSTRs) in series were generated from the RTD curves and the models were compared. The short circuit problem was successfully described using the Martin model, where the inflow is divided into two strands. Each strand was modelled as a number of CSTRs in series. At a normal flow the results of the model show that the tank has 12.8% dead volume, 85.8% main volume and 1.3% short circuiting volume. The inflow was divided into 91.9% entering the main volume and 8.1% entering the short circuiting volume. The mean velocity of the short circuiting stream was estimated to 0.4 m/s. At maximum flow the short circuiting stream was even larger and handled 24.3% of the flow. The short circuiting stream was identified in the upper part of the tank due to the position of the inlet and the outlet. The configuration of a tank including the use of baffles, the geometry of the inlet and mixer configuration should be considered carefully if short circuiting is to be avoided. PMID:16459779

  16. [NO3-/NO2- inhibits sulfate-reducing activity of the enrichment culture of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes from an off-shore oil reservoir at Bohai Bay, China].

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    Liu, Hong-Yu; Shi, Rong-Jiu; Zhang, Ying; Shi, Zhen-Guo; Zhang, Ying-Yue; Yu, Liang; Zhang, Xiao-Bo; Tan, Tao

    2014-08-01

    Long-term injection of sulfate-rich water into oil reservoirs stimulates the proliferation of sulfate-reducing prokaryotes (SRP) therein and results in production of a great amount of H2S, leading to souring in oil reservoirs and related environmental problems. In this study, we first, using modified API RP 38 medium, enriched SRP present in production water from a producing well at Bohai Bay, China, and then examined the inhibitory effects of nitrate or nitrite on sulfate reduction activity of the SRP. Results showed that the enriched SRP culture exhibited a high sulfate reduction activity as indicated by a sulfate-reducing rate of 10.4 mmol SO4(2-) x d(-1) x g(-1) dry cell. In presence of 0.4, 0.8, 1.8, and 4.2 mmol x L(-1) nitrate, sulfate reduction was inhibited for 5, 9, 20, and over 35 days, respectively. With the addition of 0.6, 0.9, 1.4, 2.6 and 4.6 mmol x L(-1) of nitrite, the inhibitory period lasted 3, 12, 22, and over 39 days, respectively. The SRP enrichment culture could dissimilatorily reduce nitrate to ammonium. When sulfate, nitrate and nitrite coexisted, nitrate or nitrite was preferentially used over sulfate as electron acceptor by the enriched SRP. This competitive use of electron acceptor and the strong inhibitory effect of nitrite possibly accounted for the suppression of nitrate and nitrite on the sulfate-reducing activity of the enriched SRP cultures from offshore oil reservoir at Bohai Bay. PMID:25509091

  17. Improvement of sensitivity for Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) detection in bovine fecal samples by specific duplex F57/IC real-time and conventional IS900 PCRs after solid culture enrichment.

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    Fawzy, Ahmad; Eisenberg, Tobias; El-Sayed, Amr; Zschöck, Michael

    2015-04-01

    Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the etiological agent of Johne's disease in ruminants and a probable pathogen of Crohn's disease in humans. Accurate, cost-effective, and time-relevant diagnostics are the basis for efficient control programs. This study was conducted as an attempt to re-evaluate MAP detection improvement by coupling solid media enrichment to a more specific IS900 conventional PCR and a very specific F57/IC real-time PCR. In a spiking experiment, we investigated the improvement of molecular-based MAP detection in feces after a culture-based enrichment step into Herrold's egg yolk media with mycobactin J (HEYM-MJ) for different time intervals, when compared to traditional culture. Detection limit of culture was 0.33?×?10(4) bacteria?×?g(-1) (33 CFU g(-1)), while that of IS900 PCR when coupled with an enrichment step for 2, 4, and 6 weeks was 0.33?×?10(5) (0.33?×?10(3) CFU g(-1)), 0.33?×?10(4) (33 CFU g(-1)), and 33 (>3.3 CFU g(-1)) bacteria?×?g(-1), respectively. Whereas the detection limits of F57/IC real-time PCR after the enrichment step for the same time intervals were 0.33?×?10(5) (0.33?×?10(3) CFU g(-1)), 0.33?×?10(3) (3.3 CFU g(-1)), and 33 (>3.3 CFU g(-1)) bacteria?×?g(-1), respectively. Altogether, enrichment of bovine fecal samples into solid media increased the sensitivity of specific molecular detection of MAP using IS900 conventional PCR and duplex F57/IC real-time PCR and offers an expedited and accurate alternative for MAP detection in bovine feces. Validation of these results is further recommended using field bovine fecal samples. PMID:25716216

  18. Uranium enrichment

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    Canada is the world's largest producer and exporter of uranium, most of which is enriched elsewhere for use as fuel in LWRs. The feasibility of a Canadian uranium-enrichment enterprise is therefore a perennial question. Recent developments in uranium-enrichment technology, and their likely impacts on separative work supply and demand, suggest an opportunity window for Canadian entry into this international market. The Canadian opportunity results from three particular impacts of the new technologies: 1) the bulk of the world's uranium-enrichment capacity is in gaseous diffusion plants which, because of their large requirements for electricity (more than 2000 kW·h per SWU), are vulnerable to competition from the new processes; 2) the decline in enrichment costs increases the economic incentive for the use of slightly-enriched uranium (SEU) fuel in CANDU reactors, thus creating a potential Canadian market; and 3) the new processes allow economic operation on a much smaller scale, which drastically reduces the investment required for market entry and is comparable with the potential Canadian SEU requirement. The opportunity is not open-ended. By the end of the century the enrichment supply industry will have adapted to the new processes and long-term customer/supplier relationships will have been established. In order to seize the opportunity, Canada must become a credible supplier during this century

  19. The influence of fertilization on the quantitative distribution of denitrifying bacteria in the soil

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    Mariana Murgoci

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Highlighting the processes by which the nitrogen compounds are reduced in the soil (i.e. denitrification and which result in the increase of the ammonium level, is extremely important since denitrification is one of the effective mechanisms that reduce the nitrogen content in the soils rich in nitrites thus preventing soil pollution. The determination of the most probable number of denitrifying bacteria was carried out by the multiple tube technique using Allen’s culture medium, in anaerobic conditions. The test was performed on samples of fertilized and unfertilized soils collected from different depths (i.e. 7-10 cm and 15-25 cm. The denitrification process was found to manifest in all the soil types, with variations depending on the soil sample, fertilizers, type of tillage operations, and the period during which the microbiological determinations were performed. The lowest levels were found in the samples of unfertilized soils from 7-10 cm deep, after ploughing to 20 cm, collected in June 2009 (i.e. 56 x 102 bacteria/g soil, while the highest were found in the samples of fertilized soils tilled using the disk harrow, particularly in the sample collected from 7-10 cm deep (i.e. 31 x 103 bacteria/g soil. The density level, respectively the level of the bacterial metabolic activity, may be considered an indicator of the condition of the ecosystem examined reflected by the availability of the organic matters and the intensity of the processes of organic matter transformation and recirculation.

  20. Mapping spatial patterns of denitrifiers for bridging community ecology and microbial processes along environmental gradients

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    Bru, D.; Cuhel, J.; Saby, N.; Cheneby, D.; Chronokova, A.; Arrouays, D.; Martin-Laurent, F.; Simek, M.

    2010-12-01

    While there is ample evidence that microbial processes can exhibit large variations at a field scale, very little is known about the spatial distribution of the communities mediating these processes. To explore spatial patterns of size and activity of the denitrifying community, a functional guild involved in N-cycling, in a grassland field subjected to different cattle grazing regimes.We used geostatistical modeling to map the distribution of size and activity of the denitrifier community in the pasture. Size of the denitrifier community was estimated by PCR quantification of the denitrification gene copy numbers while its activity was estimated by measuring potential denitrification activity and potential N2O emissions. Non-random distribution patterns of the size and of the activity of the denitrifier community were observed with a field-scale spatial dependence. The soil properties, which were strongly affected by presence of cattle, imposed significant control on potential denitrification activity, potential N2O production but not on the size of the denitrifier community. The relative abundance of bacteria possessing the nosZ gene encoding the N2O reductase within the total bacterial community was a strong predictor of the N2O/N2 ratio. Our results clearly indicated that patterns of distribution of the abundance of denitrifiers can be modelled at a field scale. Characterization of such pattern at a field-scale constitutes the first step in modelling distribution of functional bacterial communities at a scale compatible with land management strategies. The absolute abundance of most denitrification genes was not correlated with potential denitrification activity or potential N2O production. However, the relative abundance of bacteria possessing the nosZ gene in the total bacterial community was a strong predictor of the N2O/(N2+N2O) ratio, suggesting a relationship between ecosystem processes and bacterial community composition.

  1. Concurrent Activity of Anammox and Denitrifying Bacteria in the Black Sea

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    JohnB.Kirkpatrick

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available After the discovery of ANaerobic AMMonium OXidation (anammox in the Black Sea in 2003, the role of heterotrophic denitrification as the main marine pathway for fixed N loss was questioned. A 3 part, 15 month time series investigating Black Sea nitrite reductase (nirS mRNA transcripts at a single location was conducted in order to better understand the activity of anammox and denitrifying bacteria. Here we show that both of these groups were active, as well as being concurrent in the lower suboxic zone over this time span. Their distributions, however, were fundamentally different; denitrification expression was much more variable. Depth profiles covering the suboxic zone showed that the four groups of anammox-type sequences were expressed consistently in the lower suboxic zone, and were consistent with anammox 16S rDNA gene profiles. By contrast, denitrifier-type nirS sequence groups were mixed; half of the groups exhibited consistent expression in the lower suboxic zone, while others varied between season and depth. Co-occurrence of both anammox and denitrifier expression was common and ongoing. Both types of transcripts were also found in samples with low concentrations of sulfide ( >2 ?M. 6 major groups of denitrifier-type nirS transcripts were identified, making these transcripts more diverse than previous DNA clone libraries. Several groups of denitrifier-type nirS transcripts were closely related to sequences from the Baltic Sea. An increase in denitrifier-type nirS transcript diversity and depth range in October 2007 corresponded to an increase in mixed layer net community productivity as measured by O2/Ar gas ratios, as well as to an increase in N2 concentrations in the upper suboxic zone. Taken together, the variations in expression patterns between anammox and denitrification provide one explanation as to how near instantaneous rate measurements, such as isotope spike experiments, may regularly detect anammox activity but underreport denitrification.

  2. Effect of pyrene on denitrification activity and abundance and composition of denitrifying community in an agricultural soil

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    Toxicity of pyrene on the denitrifiers was studied by spiking an agricultural soil with pyrene to a series of concentrations (0-500 mg kg-1) followed by dose-response and dynamic incubation experiments. Results showed a positive correlation between potential denitrification activity and copy numbers of denitrifying functional genes (nirK, nirS and nosZ), and were both negatively correlated with pyrene concentrations. Based on the comparison of EC50 values, denitrifiers harboring nirK, nirS or nosZ gene were more sensitive than denitrification activity, and denitrifiers harboring nirS gene were more sensitive than that harboring nirK or nosZ genes. Seven days after spiking with EC50 concentration of pyrene, denitrifiers diversity decreased and community composition changed in comparison with the control. Phylogenetic analyses of three genes showed that the addition of pyrene increased the proportion of Bradyrhizobiaceae, Rhodospirillales, Burkholderiales and Pseudomonadales. Some species belonging to these groups were reported to be able to degrade PAHs. - Highlights: ? Toxicity of pyrene on the denitrifiers was studied by spiking an agricultural soil with pyrene. ? PDA was positively correlated with the abundance of denitrifiers harboring nirK, nirS or nosZ gene. ? Both PDA and the abundance of denitrifiers were negatively correlated with pyrene concentrations. ? Denitrifiers harboring nirk, nirS or nosZ gene are more sensitiverS or nosZ gene are more sensitive to pyrene than PDA in soils. - Denitrifiers harboring nirK, nirS or nosZ gene are more sensitive to pyrene contamination than potential denitrification activity in soils.

  3. Draft genome sequence of a denitrifying bacterium Paracoccus marcusii PAMC 22219 isolated from Arctic marine sediment.

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    Cha, In-Tae; Song, Eun-Ji; Seok, Yoon Ji; Lee, Hyunjin; Park, Inhye; Lee, Yoo Kyung; Roh, Seong Woon; Choi, Hak-Jong; Nam, Young-Do; Seo, Myung-Ji

    2015-06-01

    A denitrifying bacterium, Paracoccus marcusii PAMC 22219, was isolated from Arctic marine sediment in Svalbard, Norway. The obtained contigs were 265 with genome size of 4.0Mb and G+C content of 66.1%. This bacterial genome revealed that it had nitrate and nitrite ammonification genes involved in the denitrification process, suggesting that P. marcusii PAMC 22219 is a denitrifying bacterium. This is the first genome that has been sequenced in the genus Paracoccus, isolated from an Arctic environment. PMID:25637653

  4. Denitrifying activity measurements using an anoxic titration (pHstat) bioassay.

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    Foxon, K M; Brouckaert, C J; Rozzi, A

    2002-01-01

    An anoxic titrimetric test was investigated for measuring denitrifying activity in an activated sludge system. The method measures the amount of acid that is required to maintain the pH set-point value in a batch denitrification experiment. An iterative algorithm was implemented to extract nitrate uptake rate (NUR) data from titration data, since the accumulation and depletion (stripping) of reaction by-products HCO3- and CO2 affects the direct calculation of denitrifying activity from titration data. This method was performed using an automatic pH-stat acid dosing system, and the data were analysed using the simulation software package, AQUASIM. PMID:12448471

  5. Cultivation of Denitrifying Bacteria: Optimization of Isolation Conditions and Diversity Study†

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    Heylen, Kim; Vanparys, Bram; Wittebolle, Lieven; Verstraete, Willy; Boon, Nico; Vos, Paul

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    An evolutionary algorithm was applied to study the complex interactions between medium parameters and their effects on the isolation of denitrifying bacteria, both in number and in diversity. Growth media with a pH of 7 and a nitrogen concentration of 3 mM, supplemented with 1 ml of vitamin solution but not with sodium chloride or riboflavin, were the most successful for the isolation of denitrifiers from activated sludge. The use of ethanol or succinate as a carbon source and a molar C/N rat...

  6. Mapping spatial patterns of denitrifiers for bridging community ecology and microbial processes along environmental gradients.

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    Philippot, L.; ?uhel, Ji?í; Saby, N.P.A.; Chéneby, D.; Chro?áková, Alica; Bru, D.; Arrouays, D.; Martin-Laurent, F.; Šimek, Miloslav

    Uppsala : Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2009. s. 110. [BAGECO 10. Bacterial Genetics and Ecology - Coexisting on a Changing Planet. 15.06.2009-19.06.2009, Uppsala] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : spatial patterns * denitrifiers * microbial processes Subject RIV: EH - Ecology , Behaviour

  7. Metagenomic analysis of the sludge microbial community in a lab-scale denitrifying phosphorus removal reactor.

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    Lv, Xiao-Mei; Shao, Ming-Fei; Li, Ji; Li, Chao-Lin

    2015-04-01

    Denitrifying phosphorus removal is an attractive wastewater treatment process due to its reduced carbon source demand and sludge minimization potential. In the present study, the metagenome of denitrifying phosphorus removal sludge from a lab-scale anaerobic-anoxic SBR was generated by Illumina sequencing to study the microbial community. Compared with the aerobic phosphorus removal sludge, the denitrifying phosphorus removal sludge demonstrated quite similar microbial community profile and microbial diversity with sludge from Aalborg East EBPR WWTP. Proteobacteria was the most dominant phylum; within Proteobacteria, ?-Proteobacteria was the most dominant class, followed by ?-, ?-, ?-, and ?-Proteobacteria. The genes involved in phosphate metabolism and biofilm formation reflected the selective pressure of the phosphorus removal process. Moreover, ppk sequence from DPAO was outside the Accumulibacter clusters, which suggested different core phosphorus removal bacteria in denitrifying and aerobic phosphorus removal systems. In a summary, putative DPAO might be a novel genus that is closely related between Accumulibacter and Dechloromonas within Rhodocyclus. The microbial community and metabolic profiles achieved in this study will eventually help to improve the understanding of key microorganisms and the entire community in order to improve the phosphorus removal efficiency of EBPR processes. PMID:25820294

  8. Mapping field-scale spatial patterns of size and activity of the denitrifier community.

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    Philippot, L.; ?uhel, Ji?í; Saby, N.P.A.; Chéneby, D.; Chro?áková, Alica; Bru, D.; Arrouays, D.; Martin-Laurent, F.; Šimek, Miloslav

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    Ro?. 11, ?. 6 (2009), s. 1518-1526. ISSN 1462-2912 R&D Projects: GA MŠk MEB020726; GA MŠk LC06066; GA AV ?R IAA600660605 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : field-scale spatial patterns * denitrifier community Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 4.909, year: 2009

  9. Post cold-storage conditioning time affects soil denitrifying enzyme activity

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    Chirinda, Ngoni; Olesen, JØrgen E

    2011-01-01

    Soil denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA) is often assessed after cold storage. Previous studies using the short-term acetylene inhibition method have not considered conditioning time (post-cold-storage warm-up time prior to soil analysis) as a factor influencing results. We observed fluctuations in DEA following cold storage, suggesting a need to consider conditioning time when planning and interpreting results.

  10. Response of Marine Denitrifying Bacterial Populations to Nitrous Oxide: a Natural Sink?

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    Sobolev, D.; Brandes, J. A.

    2004-12-01

    The influence of nitrous oxide upon denitrifying populations was investigated in moderately saline shallow Texas coastal bays. Homogenized sediment samples were incubated under a N2O atmosphere for one week, after which nosZ DNA marker for nitrous oxide reductase enzyme was extracted and analyzed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and semi-quantitative polymerase chain reaction/denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR/DGGE). qPCR analysis indicated a significant (over an order of magnitude) increase in nosZ copy number in response to N2O addition, with PCR/DGGE indicating a significant population shift towards a small number of select organisms. Intriguingly, nirK and nirS markers for nitrite reductase enzymes in denitrifying bacteria did not show a corresponding increase, suggesting that observed nosZ peak was not associated with typical denitrifying populations. It is possible that N2O consumption in these sediments might not be driven by normally abundant denitrifiers, but rather by a niche-specific guild of bacteria converting N2O to N2 and naturally present in sediments at low numbers. These organisms are capable of responding rapidly to increased N2O supply. Our results suggest that net biological emission of N2O from the sediments is regulated by bacteria at both production and consumption stage, and disturbance of either could result in enhanced N2O emission.

  11. Enriched Uranium

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    This Wikipedia website provides information about the various concentrations of uranium used for different applications. Topics include a brief description of the grades of uranium and methods of isotope separation. There are also links to other aspects of uranium enrichment and related information. This information lays the foundation for informed discussion about the potential of nuclear energy and the risks of nuclear proliferation.

  12. Quantitative Proteomics Reveals that Plasma Membrane Microdomains From Poplar Cell Suspension Cultures Are Enriched in Markers of Signal Transduction, Molecular Transport, and Callose Biosynthesis*

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    Srivastava, Vaibhav; Malm, Erik; Sundqvist, Gustav; Bulone, Vincent

    2013-01-01

    The plasma membrane (PM) is a highly dynamic interface that contains detergent-resistant microdomains (DRMs). The aim of this work was to determine the main functions of such microdomains in poplar through a proteomic analysis using gel-based and solution (iTRAQ) approaches. A total of 80 proteins from a limited number of functional classes were found to be significantly enriched in DRM relative to PM. The enriched proteins are markers of signal transduction, molecular transport at the PM, or cell wall biosynthesis. Their intrinsic properties are presented and discussed together with the biological significance of their enrichment in DRM. Of particular importance is the significant and specific enrichment of several callose [(1?3)-?-glucan] synthase isoforms, whose catalytic activity represents a final response to stress, leading to the deposition of callose plugs at the surface of the PM. An integrated functional model that connects all DRM-enriched proteins identified is proposed. This report is the only quantitative analysis available to date of the protein composition of membrane microdomains from a tree species. PMID:24051156

  13. Accelerated methanogenesis from effluents of hydrogen-producing stage in anaerobic digestion by mixed cultures enriched with acetate and nano-sized magnetite particles.

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    Yang, Zhiman; Xu, Xiaohui; Guo, Rongbo; Fan, Xiaolei; Zhao, Xiaoxian

    2015-08-01

    Potential for paddy soil enrichments obtained in the presence of nano-sized magnetite particles (named as PSEM) to promote methane production from effluents of hydrogen-producing stage in two-stage anaerobic digestion was investigated. The results showed that the addition of magnetite significantly accelerated methane production from acetate in a dose-independent manner. The results from high-throughput sequencing analysis revealed that Rhodocyclaceae-related species were selectively enriched, which were likely the key players for conversion of acetate to methane in PSEM. Compared to the paddy soil enrichments obtained in the absence of magnetite (named as PSEC), the maximum methane production rate in PSEM was significantly higher (1.5-5.5times higher for the artificial medium and 0.2-1.7times higher for the effluents). The accelerated methane production from the effluents indicated remarkably application potential of PSEM for improving performance of anaerobic digestion. PMID:25935393

  14. Uranium enrichment

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    This paper reports that in 1990 the Department of Energy began a two-year project to illustrate the technical and economic feasibility of a new uranium enrichment technology-the atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) process. GAO believes that completing the AVLIS demonstration project will provide valuable information about the technical viability and cost of building an AVLIS plant and will keep future plant construction options open. However, Congress should be aware that DOE still needs to adequately demonstrate AVLIS with full-scale equipment and develop convincing cost projects. Program activities, such as the plant-licensing process, that must be completed before a plant is built, could take many years. Further, an updated and expanded uranium enrichment analysis will be needed before any decision is made about building an AVLIS plant. GAO, which has long supported legislation that would restructure DOE's uranium enrichment program as a government corporation, encourages DOE's goal of transferring AVLIS to the corporation. This could reduce the government's financial risk and help ensure that the decision to build an AVLIS plant is based on commercial concerns. DOE, however, has no alternative plans should the government corporation not be formed. Further, by curtailing a planned public access program, which would have given private firms an opportunity to learn about the technology during the demonstration project, DOE may limit its ability to transfer ct, DOE may limit its ability to transfer AVLIS to the private sector

  15. Relationship between Nitrite Reduction and Active Phosphate Uptake in the Phosphate-Accumulating Denitrifier Pseudomonas sp. Strain JR 12

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    Barak, Yoram; van Rijn, Jaap

    2000-01-01

    Phosphate uptake by the phosphate-accumulating denitrifier Pseudomonas sp. JR12 was examined with different combinations of electron and carbon donors and electron acceptors. Phosphate uptake in acetate-supplemented cells took place with either oxygen or nitrate but did not take place when nitrite served as the final electron acceptor. Furthermore, nitrite reduction rates by this denitrifier were shown to be significantly reduced in the presence of phosphate. Phosphate uptake assays in the pr...

  16. Nitrate removal, communities of denitrifiers and adverse effects in different carbon substrates for use in denitrification beds

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    Warneke, So?ren; Schipper, Louis A.; Matiasek, Michael G.; Scow, Kate M.; Cameron, Stewart; Bruesewitz, Denise A.; Mcdonald, Ian R.

    2011-01-01

    Denitrification beds are containers filled with wood by-products that serve as a carbon and energy source to denitrifiers, which reduce nitrate ( NO3?) from point source discharges into non-reactive dinitrogen (N2) gas. This study investigates a range of alternative carbon sources and determines rates, mechanisms and factors controlling NO3? removal, denitrifying bacterial community, and the adverse effects of these substrates. Experimental barrels (0.2 m3) filled with either maize cob...

  17. Performance of a reactor containing denitrifying immobilized biomass in removing ethanol and aromatic hydrocarbons (BTEX) in a short operating period

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    A horizontal-flow anaerobic immobilized biomass reactor (HAIB) containing denitrifying biomass was evaluated with respect to its ability to remove, separately and in a short operating period (30 days), organic matter, nitrate, and the hydrocarbons benzene (41.4 mg L-1), toluene (27.8 mg L-1), ethylbenzene (31.1 mg L-1), o-xylene (28.5 mg L-1), m-xylene (28.4 mg L-1) and p-xylene (32.1 mg L-1). The purified culture, which was grown in the presence of the specific hydrocarbon, was used as the source of cells to be immobilized in the polyurethane foam. After 30 days of operation, the foam was removed and a new immobilized biomass was grown in the presence of another hydrocarbon. The average hydrocarbon removal efficiency attained was 97%. The organic matter, especially ethanol, was removed with an average efficiency of 83% at a mean influent concentration of 1185.0 mg L-1. A concomitant removal of 97% of nitrate was observed for a mean influent concentration of 423.4 mg L-1. The independent removal of each hydrocarbon demonstrated that these contaminants can be biodegraded separately, without the need for a compound to be the primary substrate for the degradation of another. This study proposes the application of the system for treatment of areas contaminated with these compounds, with substitution and formation of a biofilm in a 30-day period

  18. Simultaneous removal of sulfide, nitrate and acetate under denitrifying sulfide removal condition: Modeling and experimental validation

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    Graphical abstract: Model evaluation applied to case study 1: (A-G) S2?, NO3?-N, NO2?-N, and Ac?-C profiles under initial sulfide concentrations of 156.2 (A), 539 (B), 964 (C), 1490 (D), 342.7 (E), 718 (F), and 1140.7 (G) mg L?1. The solid line represents simulated result and scatter represents experimental result. -- Highlights: • This work developed a mathematical model for DSR process. • Kinetics of sulfur–nitrogen–carbon and interactions between denitrifiers were studied. • Kinetic parameters of the model were estimated via data fitting. • The model described kinetic behaviors of DSR processes over wide parametric range. -- Abstract: Simultaneous removal of sulfide (S2?), nitrate (NO3?) and acetate (Ac?) under denitrifying sulfide removal process (DSR) is a novel biological wastewater treatment process. This work developed a mathematical model to describe the kinetic behavior of sulfur–nitrogen–carbon and interactions between autotrophic denitrifiers and heterotrophic denitrifiers. The kinetic parameters of the model were estimated via data fitting considering the effects of initial S2? concentration, S2?/NO3?-N ratio and Ac?-C/NO3?-N ratio. Simulation supported that the heterotrophic denitratation step (NO3? reduction to NO2?) was inhibited by S2? compared with the denitritation step (NO2? reduction to N2). Also, the S2? oxidation by autotrophic denitrifiers was shown two times lower in rate with NO2? as electron acceptor than that with NO3? as electron acceptor. NO3? reduction by autotrophic denitrifiers occurs 3–10 times slower when S0 participates as final electron donor compared to the S2?-driven pathway. Model simulation on continuous-flow DSR reactor suggested that the adjustment of hydraulic retention time is an efficient way to make the reactor tolerating high S2? loadings. The proposed model properly described the kinetic behaviors of DSR processes over wide parametric ranges and which can offer engineers with basis to optimize bioreactor operation to improve the treatment capacity

  19. ANAEROBIC BIODEGRADATION OF O-, M- AND P-CRESOL BY SULFATE-REDUCING BACTERIAL ENRICHMENT CULTURES OBTAINED FROM A SHALLOW ANOXIC AQUIFER

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    Sulfate-reducing bacterial enrichments were obtained from a shallow anoxic aquifer for their ability to metabolize either o-, or p-cresol. C/MS and simultaneous adaptation experiments suggested that the anaerobic decomposition of p-cresol proceeds by the initial oxidation of the ...

  20. Denitrification potential under different fertilization regimes is closely coupled with changes in the denitrifying community in a black soil.

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    Yin, Chang; Fan, Fenliang; Song, Alin; Cui, Peiyuan; Li, Tingqiang; Liang, Yongchao

    2015-07-01

    Preferable inorganic fertilization over the last decades has led to fertility degradation of black soil in Northeast China. However, how fertilization regimes impact denitrification and its related bacterial community in this soil type is still unclear. Here, taking advantage of a suit of molecular ecological tools in combination of assaying the potential denitrification (DP), we explored the variation of activity, community structure, and abundance of nirS and nirK denitrifiers under four different fertilization regimes, namely no fertilization control (N0M0), organic pig manure (N0M1), inorganic fertilization (N1M0), and combination of inorganic fertilizer and pig manure (N1M1). The results indicated that organic fertilization increased DP, but inorganic fertilization had no impacts. The increase of DP was mirrored by the shift of nirS denitrifiers' community structure but not by that of nirK denitrifiers'. Furthermore, the change of DP coincided with the variation of abundances of both denitrifiers. Shifts of community structure and abundance of nirS and nirK denitrifiers were correlated with the change of soil pH, total nitrogen (TN), organic matter (OM), C:P, total phosphorus (TP), and available phosphorus (Olsen P). Our results suggest that the change of DP under these four fertilization regimes was closely related to the shift of denitrifying bacteria communities resulting from the variation of properties in the black soil tested. PMID:25715781

  1. Polyhydroxyalkanoates production by bacterial enrichments:

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    Jiang, Y.

    2011-01-01

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) is a natural bacterial storage compound, which can be used as carbon and electron source. Their remarkable similarities in physical properties to conventional plastics, such as polypropylene, attract great commercial interest. This thesis focuses on PHAs production by bacterial enrichments. As compared to the current pure culture biotechnology, mixed culture biotechnology is much less dependent on the well defined substrate and sterile process. These propertie...

  2. Anaerobic oxidation of p-cresol mediated by a partially purified methylhydroxylase from a denitrifying bacterium.

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    Bossert, I D; Whited, G; Gibson, D.T.; Young, L Y

    1989-01-01

    Anoxic cell extracts of a denitrifying bacterial isolate (PC-07) were shown to oxidize p-cresol to p-hydroxybenzoate. Oxidation of the substrate was independent of molecular oxygen and required nitrate as the natural terminal electron acceptor. Two enzyme activities were implicated in the pathway utilized by PC-07. A p-cresol methylhydroxylase mediated the oxidation of p-cresol to p-hydroxybenzaldehyde, which was further oxidized to p-hydroxybenzoate by an NAD+-dependent dehydrogenase. The PC...

  3. Ferrous iron oxidation by denitrifying bacteria in profundal sediments of a deep lake (Lake Constance)

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    Hauck, Simone; Benz, Marcus; Brune, Andreas; Schink, Bernhard

    2001-01-01

    Profundal sediments of Lake Constance were sampled at 60-130 m water depth and studied with respect to the population sizes and depth distribution of mixotrophic and lithotrophic iron-oxidizing, denitrifying bacteria. The sediment cores showed a distinct stratification with oxygen and nitrate being consumed within the first centimeter of the sediment. The sediment contained large amounts of acid-extractable iron (0.8-1.4% of the dry mass). The proportion of ferrous iron in the solid phase inc...

  4. Genetic Diversity of Benzoyl Coenzyme A Reductase Genes Detected in Denitrifying Isolates and Estuarine Sediment Communities

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    Song, Bongkeun; Ward, Bess B.

    2005-01-01

    Benzoyl coenzyme A (benzoyl-CoA) reductase is a central enzyme in the anaerobic degradation of organic carbon, which utilizes a common intermediate (benzoyl-CoA) in the metabolism of many aromatic compounds. The diversity of benzoyl-CoA reductase genes in denitrifying bacterial isolates capable of degrading aromatic compounds and in river and estuarine sediment samples from the Arthur Kill in New Jersey and the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland was investigated. Degenerate primers were developed fro...

  5. Inhibition of alkylbenzene biodegradation under denitrifying conditions by using the acetylene block technique.

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    Hutchins, S R

    1992-01-01

    Addition of acetylene to microcosms simultaneously amended with nitrate and alkylbenzenes resulted in inhibition of the rate of alkylbenzene biodegradation under denitrifying conditions. Toluene, xylenes, and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene were recalcitrant, whereas ethylbenzene was degraded at a slower rate than usual. Benzene was not degraded in either case. Addition of acetylene to microcosms preexposed to nitrate and alkylbenzenes produced similar inhibition. These data indicate that the activiti...

  6. Solvent Stress Response of the Denitrifying Bacterium “Aromatoleum aromaticum” Strain EbN1? †

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    Trautwein, Kathleen; Kühner, Simon; Wöhlbrand, Lars; Halder, Thomas; Kuchta, Kenny; Steinbüchel, Alexander; Rabus, Ralf

    2008-01-01

    The denitrifying betaproteobacterium “Aromatoleum aromaticum” strain EbN1 degrades several aromatic compounds, including ethylbenzene, toluene, p-cresol, and phenol, under anoxic conditions. The hydrophobicity of these aromatic solvents determines their toxic properties. Here, we investigated the response of strain EbN1 to aromatic substrates at semi-inhibitory (about 50% growth inhibition) concentrations under two different conditions: first, during anaerobic growth with ethylbenzene (0....

  7. Anaerobic activation of toluene and o-xylene by addition to fumarate in denitrifying strain T.

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    Beller, H. R.; Spormann, A. M.

    1997-01-01

    Anaerobic assays conducted with strain T, a denitrifying bacterium capable of mineralizing toluene to carbon dioxide, demonstrated that toluene-grown, permeabilized cells catalyzed the addition of toluene to fumarate to form benzylsuccinate. This reaction was not dependent on the presence of coenzyme A (CoA) or ATP. In the presence of CoA, formation of E-phenylitaconate from benzylsuccinate was also observed. Kinetic studies demonstrated that the specific rate of benzylsuccinate formation fro...

  8. Aerobic and Anaerobic Toluene Degradation by a Newly Isolated Denitrifying Bacterium, Thauera sp. Strain DNT-1

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    Shinoda, Yoshifumi; Sakai, Yasuyoshi; Uenishi, Hiroshi; Uchihashi, Yasumitsu; Hiraishi, Akira; Yukawa, Hideaki; Yurimoto, Hiroya; Kato, Nobuo

    2004-01-01

    A newly isolated denitrifying bacterium, Thauera sp. strain DNT-1, grew on toluene as the sole carbon and energy source under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. When this strain was cultivated under oxygen-limiting conditions with nitrate, first toluene was degraded as oxygen was consumed, while later toluene was degraded as nitrate was reduced. Biochemical observations indicated that initial degradation of toluene occurred through a dioxygenase-mediated pathway and the benzylsuccinate pa...

  9. Anaerobic toluene oxidation to benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde in a denitrifying Pseudomonas strain.

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    Altenschmidt, U.; Fuchs, G.

    1992-01-01

    The denitrifying Pseudomonas strain K172 was grown with a generation time of 6 h to a cell density of 0.4 g (dry weight) per liter with toluene and nitrate as substrates. We found that anaerobic cell suspensions oxidize [14C]toluene first to [14C]benzyl alcohol and subsequently to [14C]benzaldehyde. This proves that the methyl group of toluene is oxidized without molecular oxygen to a hydroxymethyl group.

  10. Substrate induction and metabolite accumulation during anaerobic toluene utilization by the denitrifying strain T1.

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    Frazer, A. C.; Ling, W.; Young, L. Y.

    1993-01-01

    The denitrifying strain T1 utilizes toluene anaerobically. We now report that anaerobic toluene degradation is inducible in strain T1. Fluoracetate treatment of cell suspensions inhibited both the rate of toluene metabolism and the formation of the toluene dead-end products benzylsuccinate and benzylfumarate, which is consistent with the pathway proposed by Evans et al. (Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 58:496-501, 1992). In addition, when either nitrate was limiting or fluoroacetate was added, benz...

  11. Sediment denitrifier community composition and nirS gene expression investigated with functional gene microarrays

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    Francis, C.A.; Jackson, G.A.

    2008-01-01

    A functional gene microarray was used to investigate denitrifier community composition and nitrite reductase (nirS) gene expression in sediments along the estuarine gradient in Chesapeake Bay, USA. The nirS oligonucleotide probe set was designed to represent a sequence database containing 539 Chesapeake Bay clones, as well as sequences from many other environments. Greatest nirS diversity was detected at the freshwater station at the head of the bay and least diversity at the higher salinity station near the mouth of the Bay. The most common OTUs from the sequence database were detected on the array with high signal strength in most samples. One of the most abundant OTUs, CB2-S-138, was identified as dominant at the mid-bay site by both microarray and quantitative PCR assays, but it comprised a much smaller fraction of the assemblage in the north and south bay samples. cDNA (transcribed from total RNA extracts) targets were hybridized to the same array to compare the profiles of community composition at the DNA (relative abundance) and mRNA (gene expression) levels. Only the three dominant denitrifying groups (in terms of relative strength of DNA hybridization signal) were detected at the mRNA level. These results suggest that the most actively denitrifying groups are responsible for most nirS expression as well Udgivelsesdato: 2008/11

  12. Biological breakdown of denitrifying sulfide removal process in high-rate expanded granular bed reactor.

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    Chen, Chuan; Wang, Aijie; Ren, Nanqi; Kan, Hongjing; Lee, Duu-Jong

    2008-12-01

    This work conducted a denitrifying sulfide removal (DSR) test in an expanded granular sludge bed (EGSB) reactor at sustainable loadings of 6.09 kg m(-3) day(-1) for sulfide, 3.11 kg m(-3) day(-1) for nitrate-nitrogen, and 3.27 kg m(-1) day(-1) for acetate-carbon with >93% efficiency, which is significantly higher than those reported in literature. Strains Pseudomonas sp., Nitrincola sp., and Azoarcus sp. very likely yield heterotrophs. Strains Thermothrix sp. and Sulfurovum sp. are the autotrophs required for the proposed high-rate EGSB-DSR system. The EGSB-DSR reactor experienced two biological breakdowns, one at loadings of 4.87, 2.13, and 1.82 kg m(-3) day(-1); reactor function was restored by increasing nitrate and acetate loadings. Another breakdown occurred at loadings of up to 8.00, 4.08, and 4.50 kg m(-1) day(-1); the heterotrophic denitrification pathway declined faster than the autotrophic pathway. The mechanism of DSR breakdown is as follows. High sulfide concentration inhibits heterotrophic denitrifiers, and the system therefore accumulates nitrite. Autotrophic denitrifiers are then inhibited by the accumulated nitrite, thereby leading to breakdown of the DSR process. PMID:18972111

  13. Start-up of granule-based denitrifying reactors with multiple magnesium supplementation strategies.

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    Chen, Hui; He, Li-Ling; Liu, An-Na; Guo, Qiong; Zhang, Zheng-Zhe; Jin, Ren-Cun

    2015-05-15

    In the present work, the effect of Mg(2+) supplementation on the start-up of a denitrification process and the granulation of denitrifying sludge was investigated in three upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors. The reactors R1 and R2 were continuously and intermittently, respectively, supplied with 50 mg L(-1) Mg(2+), whereas R0 was used as the control. The nitrogen loading rate (NLR) and organic loading rate (OLR) gradually increased, and extremely high values were obtained (36.0 kgN m(-3) d(-1) and 216.0 kgCOD m(-3) d(-1), respectively). Granulation occurred in R1 first, but the reactor capacities were comparable. Suffering from starvation, the R0-R2 performances were comparable. At the end of the experiment, the average diameter of the granules in R0, R1, and R2 were 1.67, 1.72 and 1.68 mm, respectively, and the settling velocities of the granules in R1 and R2 were 1.14-fold the speed of R0. The specific denitrifying activity (SDA) of the sludge from the reactors supplied with Mg(2+) was greater than the reactor without Mg(2+). Intermittent Mg(2+) supplementation was identified as the best choice to be utilized to cultivate denitrifying granules, which was consistent with kinetic analysis. PMID:25837295

  14. Bioavailability and biodegradation of weathered diesel fuel in aquifer material under denitrifying conditions

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    Bregnard, T.P.A.; Hoehener, P.; Zeyer, J. [Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Schlieren (Switzerland)

    1998-07-01

    During the in situ bioremediation of a diesel fuel-contaminated aquifer in Menziken, Switzerland, aquifer material containing weathered diesel fuel (WDF) and indigenous microorganisms was excavated. This material was used to identify factors limiting WDF biodegradation under denitrifying conditions. Incubations of this material for 360 to 390 d under denitrifying conditions resulted in degradation of 23% of the WDF with concomitant consumption of NO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} and production of inorganic carbon. The biodegradation of WDF and the rate of NO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} consumption was stimulated by agitation of the microcosms. Biodegradation was not stimulated by the addition of a biosurfactant (rhamnolipids) or a synthetic surfactant (Triton X-100) at concentrations above their critical micelle concentrations. The rhamnolipids were biodegraded preferentially to WDF, whereas Triton X-100 was not degraded. Both surfactants reduced the surface tension of the growth medium from 72 to <35 dynes/cm and enhanced the apparent aqueous solubility of the model hydrocarbon n-hexadecane by four orders of magnitude. Solvent-extracted WDF, added at a concentration equal to that already present in the aquifer material, was also biodegraded by the microcosms, but not at a higher rate than the WDF already present in the material. The results show that the denitrifying biodegradation of WDF is not necessarily limited by bioavailability but rather by the inherent recalcitrance of WDF.

  15. Effects of dietary ß-cyclodextrin supplemented with a culture of lactobacillus acidophilus on plasma lipid in a cholesterol enriched diet

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    Alonso López, Leocadio; Fontecha Alonso, F. Javier; Cuesta Alonso, Emilia Paloma; Carter, S.

    2012-01-01

    Heart disease is a major cause of death for humans. Nutritional studies has indicated that high concentrations of total serum cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol correlate highly with the incidence of coronary heart disease. Several reports have showed that consumption of certain culture dairy products or culture containing dairy products supplemented with Lactobacillus acidophilus reduced concentrations of serum cholesterol. The objective of the present study was to inv...

  16. Nutrient Cycles and Marine Microbes in a CO2-Enriched Ocean

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    David A. Hutchins

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The ocean carbon cycle is tightly linked with the cycles of the major nutrient elements nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon. It is therefore likely that enrichment of the ocean with anthropogenic CO2 and attendant acidification will have large consequences for marine nutrient biogeochemistry, and for the microbes that mediate many key nutrient transformations. The best available evidence suggests that the nitrogen cycle may respond strongly to higher CO2 through increases in global N2 fixation and possibly denitrification, as well as potential decreases in nitrification. These trends could cause nitrification to become a nitrogen cycle “bottleneck,” by increasing the flux of N2 fixed into ammonium while decreasing the fraction being oxidized to nitrite and nitrate. The consequences could include reduced supplies of oxidized nitrogen substrates to denitrifiers, lower levels of nitrate-supported new primary production, and expansion of the regenerated production system accompanied by shifts in current phytoplankton communities. The phosphorus and silicon cycles seem less likely to be directly affected by enhanced CO2 conditions, but will undoubtedly respond indirectly to changing carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry. A review of culture experiments that examined the effects of increased CO2 on elemental ratios of phytoplankton suggests that for most cyanobacteria and eukaryotes, C:N and N:P ratios will either remain at Redfield values or increase substantially. Natural plankton community CO2 manipulation experiments show much more mixed outcomes, with both increases and decreases in C:N and N:P ratios reported at future CO2 levels. We conclude our review with projections of overall trends in the cycles of nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon over the next century as they respond to the steady accumulation of fossil-fuel-derived CO2 in a rapidly changing ocean.

  17. Use of starter cultures of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts as inoculum enrichment for the production of gowé, a sour beverage from Benin

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    Vieira-Dalodé, G.; Madodé, Y.E.

    2008-01-01

    Lactobacillus fermentum, Weissella confusa, Kluyveromyces marxianus and Pichia anomala, previously isolated during natural fermentation of traditional gowé, were tested as inoculum enrichment for controlled fermentation of gowé. The final product was subjected to chemical analysis and sensory evaluation. Growth of the lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and yeasts were verified by determination of colony forming units (CFU) and molecular biology techniques. A significant decrease in pH from 6.1 to 3.3, with a concomitant increase in titratable acidity (11 to 60 g/kg as lactic acid, dry weight), was observed after 24 h of fermentation when LAB was used either alone or in combination with yeasts. The LAB count increased significantly from 6.1 to 9.4 log CFU/ml, while the yeast count remained constant throughout fermentation. Repetitive-polymerase chain reaction (rep-PCR) assays performed on isolates during the fermentation confirmed the dominance of the added LAB strains. Sensory evaluation revealed that the product fermented for 7 h with L. fermentum alone or in combination with K. marxianus was as acceptable as the traditional product normally obtained after a minimum of 24 h of fermentation. Consequently, gowé can be obtained by controlled fermentation, using L. fermentum as inoculum enrichment, in a small scale industry.  

  18. Simultaneous pollutant removal and electricity generation in denitrifying microbial fuel cell with boric acid-borate buffer solution.

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    Chen, Gang; Zhang, Shaohui; Li, Meng; Wei, Yan

    2015-03-01

    A double-chamber denitrifying microbial fuel cell (MFC), using boric acid-borate buffer solution as an alternative to phosphate buffer solution, was set up to investigate the influence of buffer solution concentration, temperature and external resistance on electricity generation and pollutant removal efficiency. The result revealed that the denitrifying MFC with boric acid-borate buffer solution was successfully started up in 51 days, with a stable cell voltage of 205.1 ± 1.96 mV at an external resistance of 50 ?. Higher concentration of buffer solution favored nitrogen removal and electricity generation. The maximum power density of 8.27 W/m(3) net cathodic chamber was obtained at a buffer solution concentration of 100 mmol/L. An increase in temperature benefitted electricity generation and nitrogen removal. A suitable temperature for this denitrifying MFC was suggested to be 25 °C. Decreasing the external resistance favored nitrogen removal and organic matter consumption by exoelectrogens. PMID:25768227

  19. Nitrogen Removal Characteristics of a Newly Isolated Indigenous Aerobic Denitrifier from Oligotrophic Drinking Water Reservoir, Zoogloea sp. N299.

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    Huang, Ting-Lin; Zhou, Shi-Lei; Zhang, Hai-Han; Bai, Shi-Yuan; He, Xiu-Xiu; Yang, Xiao

    2015-01-01

    Nitrogen is considered to be one of the most widespread pollutants leading to eutrophication of freshwater ecosystems, especially in drinking water reservoirs. In this study, an oligotrophic aerobic denitrifier was isolated from drinking water reservoir sediment. Nitrogen removal performance was explored. The strain was identified by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis as Zoogloea sp. N299. This species exhibits a periplasmic nitrate reductase gene (napA). Its specific growth rate was 0.22 h-1. Obvious denitrification and perfect nitrogen removal performances occurred when cultured in nitrate and nitrite mediums, at rates of 75.53% ± 1.69% and 58.65% ± 0.61%, respectively. The ammonia removal rate reached 44.12% ± 1.61% in ammonia medium. Zoogloea sp. N299 was inoculated into sterilized and unsterilized reservoir source waters with a dissolved oxygen level of 5-9 mg/L, pH 8-9, and C/N 1.14:1. The total nitrogen removal rate reached 46.41% ± 3.17% (sterilized) and 44.88% ± 4.31% (unsterilized). The cell optical density suggested the strain could survive in oligotrophic drinking water reservoir water conditions and perform nitrogen removal. Sodium acetate was the most favorable carbon source for nitrogen removal by strain N299 (p 0.05). Furthermore, strain N299 could efficiently remove nitrate at neutral and slightly alkaline and low temperature conditions. These results, therefore, demonstrate that Zoogloea sp. N299 has high removal characteristics, and can be used as a nitrogen removal microbial inoculum with simultaneous aerobic nitrification and denitrification in a micro-polluted reservoir water ecosystem. PMID:25946341

  20. Relating phylogenetic and functional diversity among denitrifiers and quantifying their capacity to predict community functioning

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    JoanaFalcão Salles

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Genetic diversity of phylogenetic or functional markers is widely used as a proxy of microbial diversity. However, it remains unclear at what extent functional diversity, gene sequence diversity and community functioning are linked. We analysed, for a range of denitrifying bacteria, the relationships between (i the similarity of functional traits evaluated from metabolic profiles (BIOLOG plates or from N2O accumulation patterns on different C sources, and (ii the similarity of phylogenetic (16S rRNA gene or functional (nir gene markers. We also calculated different proxies for the diversity of denitrifier community based on taxa richness, phylogenetic or functional similarities, and evaluated their performance in inferring the functioning of assembled denitrifying communities. For individual strains, the variation in the 16S rRNA gene sequence explained only 10% of the variation in metabolic patterns and were not related to N2O accumulation. The latter was correlated with the similarity of nitrite reductase residues. When nir genes were analysed separately, the similarity in amino acids coded by the nirS genes accounted for 48% of the variance of the observed pattern of N2O accumulation, whereas nirK amino acid residues were unrelated to N2O accumulation. For bacterial assemblages, phylogenetic diversity and mean community dissimilarity, calculated using 16S rRNA gene sequences, and functional diversity measures associated with BIOLOG, predicted poorly the variation in the functioning of assembled communities (below 15%. In contrast, the proxies of functional diversity based on N2O accumulation patterns performed better and explained from 23 to 42% of the variation in community functioning. Amongst those, community niche was the best metric, indicating the importance of complementarity for carbon resources among taxa in the context of denitrification.

  1. Genetic diversity of benzoyl coenzyme A reductase genes detected in denitrifying isolates and estuarine sediment communities.

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    Song, Bongkeun; Ward, Bess B

    2005-04-01

    Benzoyl coenzyme A (benzoyl-CoA) reductase is a central enzyme in the anaerobic degradation of organic carbon, which utilizes a common intermediate (benzoyl-CoA) in the metabolism of many aromatic compounds. The diversity of benzoyl-CoA reductase genes in denitrifying bacterial isolates capable of degrading aromatic compounds and in river and estuarine sediment samples from the Arthur Kill in New Jersey and the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland was investigated. Degenerate primers were developed from the known benzoyl-CoA reductase genes from Thauera aromatica, Rhodopseudomonas palustris, and Azoarcus evansii. PCR amplification detected benzoyl-CoA reductase genes in the denitrifying isolates belonging to alpha-, beta-, or gamma-Proteobacteria as well as in the sediment samples. Phylogenetic analysis, sequence similarity comparison, and conserved indel determination grouped the new sequences into either the bcr type (found in T. aromatica and R. palustris) or the bzd type (found in A. evansii). All the Thauera strains and the isolates from the genera Acidovorax, Bradyrhizobium, Paracoccus, Ensifer, and Pseudomonas had bcr-type benzoyl-CoA reductases with amino acid sequence similarities of more than 97%. The genes detected from Azarocus strains were assigned to the bzd type. A total of 50 environmental clones were detected from denitrifying consortium and sediment samples, and 28 clones were assigned to either the bcr or the bzd type of benzoyl-CoA reductase genes. Thus, we could determine the genetic capabilities for anaerobic degradation of aromatic compounds in sediment communities of the Chesapeake Bay and the Arthur Kill on the basis of the detection of two types of benzoyl-CoA reductase genes. The detected genes have future applications as genetic markers to monitor aromatic compound degradation in natural and engineered ecosystems. PMID:15812036

  2. Human Stem Cell Cultures from Cleft Lip/Palate Patients Show Enrichment of Transcripts Involved in Extracellular Matrix Modeling By Comparison to Controls

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    Bueno, Daniela Franco; Sunaga, Daniele Yumi; Kobayashi, Gerson Shigeru; Aguena, Meire; Raposo-amaral, Cassio Eduardo; Masotti, Cibele; Cruz, Lucas Alvizi; Pearson, Peter Lees; Passos-bueno, Maria Rita

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    Nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate (NSCL/P) is a complex disease resulting from failure of fusion of facial primordia, a complex developmental process that includes the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Detection of differential gene transcription between NSCL/P patients and control individuals offers an interesting alternative for investigating pathways involved in disease manifestation. Here we compared the transcriptome of 6 dental pulp stem cell (DPSC) cultures from NSCL/P patients ...

  3. Enzymes involved in anaerobic degradation of acetone by a denitrifying bacterium

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    Platen, Harald; Bernhard SCHINK

    1990-01-01

    The pathway of anaerobic acetone degradation by the denitrifying bacterial strain BunN was studied by enzyme measurements in extracts of anaerobic acetone-grown cells. An ADP- and MgC12-dependent decarboxylation of acetoacetate was detected which could not be found in cell-free extracts of acetate-grown cells. It is concluded that free acetoacetate is formed by ATP-dependent arboxylation of acetone. Acetoacetate was converted into its coenzyme A ester by succinyl-CoA: acetoacetate CoA transf...

  4. Anaerobic degradation of long-chain alkylamines by a denitrifying Pseudomonas stutzeri

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    Nguyen, P.D.; Ginkel, C.G., van; Plugge, C.M.

    2008-01-01

    The anaerobic degradation of tetradecylamine and other long-chain alkylamines by a newly isolated denitrifying bacterium was studied. Strain ZN6 was isolated from a mixture of soil and active sludge and was identified as representing Pseudomonas stutzeri, based on partial 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Strain ZN6 was a mesophilic, motile, Gram-negative rod-shaped bacterium and was able to grow on a variety of compounds including even-numbered primary fatty amines with alkyl chains ranging f...

  5. Diversity of nitrite reductase genes (nirS) in the denitrifying water column of the coastal Arabian Sea

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    Jayakumar, D.A.; Francis, C.A.; Naqvi, S.W.A.; Ward, B.B.

    2004-01-01

    S and nirK. Here we report the diversity and distribution of nirS genes in relation to nitrite and nitrate distribution in the Arabian Sea coastal denitrifying region. nirS gene fragments were PCR-amplified, cloned, and sequenced from DNA extracted from... the water column. Clone libraries were also subjected to restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and rarefaction analyses. These are the first nitrite reductase sequences reported from a water column denitrifying regime. nirS was amplified from DNA...

  6. Nitrogen Removal by a Fungal Aerobic Denitrifier of Penicillium Strain

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    Chaocheng Zhao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A kind of aerobic Penicillium that can remove ammonia, nitrite and nitrate was isolated through an improved bromothymol blue (BTB selective culture medium method in this experiment and then the nitrogen removal by the strain was detailedly investigated. The results showed that this strain was able to make use of many kinds of organic carbon compounds as sole carbon source for the removal of the three types of inorganic nitrogen compounds but the way of removal was different. Ammonia was assimilated for forming cell components such as amino acid and protein, different from which, nitrite and nitrate were eliminated by the aid of dual assimilation and denitrification. When the three types of nitrogen coexist, the removal order was as follows: ammonia>nitrite>nitrate. Type of carbon source, initial nitrogen concentration and carbon nitrogen ratio (C/N all had different effect on final solution pH, dry weight, nitrogen removal rate and removal ability of the strain. It was tested that non-polar organic carbon source containing -CH3 group like sucrose was inclined to be used by the strain. When sucrose was carbon source, the optimum C/N of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate removal were separate 4-6, 8-12 and 12-16. In addition, it was demonstrated with calculation that the removal abilities of the above mentioned three nitrogen of the strain were about 50, 60 and 90 mg g-1 respectively, showing its tremendous capability of nitrogen removal.

  7. Autotrophic, hydrogen-oxidizing, denitrifying bacteria in groundwater, potential agents for bioremediation of nitrate contamination

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    Smith, R.L.; Ceazan, M.L.; Brooks, M.H.

    1994-01-01

    Addition of hydrogen or formate significantly enhanced the rate of consumption of nitrate in slurried core samples obtained from an active zone of denitrification in a nitrate-contaminated sand and gravel aquifer (Cape Cod, Mass.). Hydrogen uptake by the core material was immediate and rapid, with an apparent K(m) of 0.45 to 0.60 ??M and a V(max) of 18.7 nmol cm-3 h-1 at 30??C. Nine strains of hydrogen-oxidizing denitrifying bacteria were subsequently isolated from the aquifer. Eight of the strains grew autotrophically on hydrogen with either oxygen or nitrate as the electron acceptor. One strain grew mixotrophically. All of the isolates were capable of heterotrophic growth, but none were similar to Paracoccus denitrificans, a well-characterized hydrogen-oxidizing denitrifier. The kinetics for hydrogen uptake during denitrification were determined for each isolate with substrate depletion progress curves; the K(m)s ranged from 0.30 to 3.32 ??M, with V(max)s of 1.85 to 13.29 fmol cell-1 h-1. Because these organisms appear to be common constituents of the in situ population of the aquifer, produce innocuous end products, and could be manipulated to sequentially consume oxygen and then nitrate when both were present, these results suggest that these organisms may have significant potential for in situ bioremediation of nitrate contamination in groundwater.

  8. Evaluation of the microbial diversity of denitrifying bacteria in batch reactor

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    S. I., Maintinguer; I. K., Sakamoto; M. A. T., Adorno; M. B. A., Varesche.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Microbial communities in an industrial activated sludge plant may contribute to the denitrification process, but the information on the microorganisms present in denitrifying reactors is still scarce. Removal of inorganic nitrogen compounds can be accomplished by the addition of carbon sources to th [...] e biological process of denitrification. Ethanol is an economically viable alternative as a carbon source in tropical countries like Brazil, with large-scale production from sugarcane. This paper reports the successful aplication of activated sludge with nitrate and ethanol in a batch anaerobic reactor. The operation lasted 61.5 h with total consumption of nitrate in 42.5 h, nitrite generation (2.0 mg/L) and ethanol consumption (830.0 mg/L) in 23.5 h. Denitrifying cell counts by the most probable number at the start of the operation were lower than at the end, confirming the ability of the inoculum from activated sludge for the denitrification process. The samples from cell counts were identified as Acidovorax sp., Acinetobacter sp., Comamonas sp. and uncultured bacteria. Therefore, these species may be involved in nitrate reduction and ethanol consumption in the batch reactor.

  9. Effect of organic toxicants on the activity of denitrifying granular sludge.

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    Zhang, Zonghe; Zheng, Ping; Li, Wei; Wang, Ru; Ghulam, Abbas

    2015-03-01

    Denitrification plays a key role in the biological nitrogen removal from the wastewater using granular sludge as the integral part of a high-rate denitrification technology. It is helpful to evaluate the effect of typical organic toxicants on the activity of denitrifying granular sludge for the application of denitrification technology. In this study, four typical organic toxicants, namely, penicillin, chloramphenicol, 2,4-dinitrophenol and polymyxin B sulphate were used to assess the effect of organic toxicants on the activity of denitrifying granular sludge. The results of individual toxicity indicated that penicillin, chloramphenicol and 2,4-dinitrophenol had significant inhibition, whose half-inhibitory concentrations were 0.534, 0.162 and 0.474?g/L with respective inhibitory magnitudes of 90.79%/(g/L), 282.5%/(g/L) and 138.83%/(g/L). Polymyxin B sulphate showed no significant inhibition. The results of combined toxicity indicated that the binary mixture of penicillin and chloramphenicol had an antagonistic effect, both the binary mixture of penicillin and 2,4-dinitrophenol and the binary mixture of chloramphenicol and 2,4-dinitrophenol had additive effects. The ternary mixture of penicillin, chloramphenicol and 2,4-dinitrophenol had a partial additive effect. PMID:25220622

  10. Characterization of the denitrifying fraction of phosphate accumulating organisms in biological phosphate removal

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    Meinhold, Jens; Filipe, Carlos D.M.

    1999-01-01

    Results of experimental investigations are presented that strongly support the hypothesis that PAO from activated sludge systems consist of two groups: a) denitrifying PAO (DNPAO) capable of using oxygen and nitrate and b) non-denitrifying PAO (non-DNPAO) only able to use oxygen. Batch experiments were performed in which activated sludge obtained from a pilot scale BIODENIPHO(TM) was submitted to a sequence of anaerobic/anoxic/aerobic, anaerobic/aerobic or anaerobic/anoxic conditions while monitoring the course of NOX-N, NH4-N, PO4-P, PHB and PHV. Several methods for the determination of the two fractions of PAO are performed and compared. This study extends on previously reported results (Kerrn-Jespersen and Henze, 1993) in that the pH was controlled to around pH 7 to assure that phosphate precipitation was minimal, and in the measurement of PHB and PHV. With regards to the latter, the paper also examines the influence of the size of the internal PHA pool on the anoxic phosphorus uptake rate. Simulations implementing existing models for the growth of non-DNPAO and DNPAO are used to confirm the experimental results and to gain a better understanding of some of the observations. (C) 1999 IAWQ Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Cultivation and irradiation of human fibroblasts in a medium enriched with platelet lysate for obtaining feeder layer in epidermal cell culture; Cultivo e irradiacao de fibroblastos humanos em meio enriquecido com lisado de plaquetas para obtencao de camada de sustentacao em culturas de celulas da epiderme

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    Yoshito, Daniele

    2011-07-01

    For over 30 years, the use of culture medium, enriched with bovine serum, and murines fibroblasts, with the rate of proliferation controlled by irradiation or by share anticarcinogenic drugs, has been playing successfully its role in assisting in the development of keratinocytes in culture, for clinical purposes. However, currently there is a growing concern about the possibility of transmitting prions and animals viruses to transplanted patients. Taking into account this concern, the present work aims to cultivate human fibroblasts in a medium enriched with human platelets lysate and determine the irradiation dose of these cells, for obtaining feeder layer in epidermal cell culture. For carrying out the proposed objective, platelets lysis has standardized, this lysate was used for human fibroblasts cultivation and the irradiation dose enough to inhibit its duplication was evaluated. Human keratinocytes were cultivated in these feeder layers, in culture medium enriched with the lysate. With these results we conclude that the 10% platelets lysate promoted a better adhesion and proliferation of human fibroblasts and in all dose levels tested (60 to 300 Gy), these had their mitotic activity inactivated by ionizing irradiation, being that the feeder layers obtained with doses from 70 to 150 Gy were those that provided the best development of keratinocytes in medium containing 2.5% of human platelet lysate. Therefore, it was possible to standardize both the cultivation of human fibroblasts as its inactivation for use as feeder layer in culture of keratinocytes, so as to eliminate xenobiotics components. (author)

  12. Microbial Growth of a Denitrifying Bacteria at In-situ Hydrothermal Conditions: Implications for Biomineralization at Mid-ocean Ridges

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    Houghton, J. L.; Burnett, A.; Goetz, D.; Reysenbach, A.; Seyfried, W. E.

    2001-12-01

    Current interest in subsurface microbiology at hydrothermal vents has resulted in greater attention being given to the characterization of new microbial species and their feedback with the sub-seafloor environment. In response to a need for integrated biogeochemical studies, we have developed a new type of experimental apparatus to study microbial processes at in situ pressure (250 bars) and temperature (70° C). This high-pressure open-system apparatus, modified from HPLC technology, is capable of supplying fresh media, including dissolved gases, to the system, while removing metabolic waste products. Thus, we eliminate the need to artificially elevate certain components in the fluid chemistry and allow continuous growth of the culture, maximizing interaction between the bacteria and mineral surfaces. Preliminary pure culture experiments designed to monitor bacterial effects on mineral surfaces were completed using a new strain of denitrifying thermophilic bacteria, EX-H1. By monitoring aqueous and dissolved gas chemistry, we confirmed its use of the following energy-producing reaction during metabolism: 19H2(aq) + 3NO3- + 5CO2(aq) + 3H+ = N2(aq) + C5H7O2N + 17H2(aq) where (C5H7O2N) represents bacterial cell mass. Reaction rates at ambient pressure were on the order of 0.02 mmolal/hr in closed system. Abiotic control experiments at pressure confirmed that mineral dissolution/precipitation reactions were kinetically inhibited at 70° C over 18 hours. Biotic experiments were successful in showing attachment of cells to the quartz fiber substrate during cell growth in the reactor. Due to insufficient residence time of fluid in the reactor (50 minutes), however, metabolic changes in fluid chemistry were slight. Future experiments will incorporate longer residence times to allow comparison of the stoichiometry and rate of the denitrification reaction with theoretical estimates. Also, we will assess the effect of microbial growth on minerals in the reactor to quantify the link between cell growth, metabolism, and the broader geochemical environment.

  13. Coexistence of nitrifying, anammox and denitrifying bacteria in a sequencing batch reactor

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Elevated nitrogen removal efficiencies from ammonium-rich wastewaters have been demonstrated by several applications, that combine nitritation and anammox processes. Denitrification will occur simultaneously when organic carbon is also present. In this study, the activity of aerobic ammonia oxidizing, anammox and denitrifying bacteria in a full scale Sequencing Batch Reactor, treating digester supernatants, was studied by means of batch-assays. AOB and anammox activities were maximum at pH of 8.0 and 7.8-8.0, rispectively. Short term effect of nitrite on anammox activity was studied, showing nitrite up to 42 mg/L did not result in inhibition. Both denitrification via nitrate and nitrite were measured. To reduce nitrite-oxidizing activity, high of NH3 – N (1.9-10 mg N-NH3/L and low nitrite (3-8 mg TNN/L are required conditions during the whole SBR cycle.Molecular analysis showed the nitritation-anammox sludge harbored a high microbial diversity, where each microorganism has a specific role. Using ammonia monooxygenase ? –subunit (amoA gene as a marker, our analyses suggested different macro- and micro-environments in the reactor strongly affect the AOB community, allowing the development of different AOB species, such as N. europaea/eutropha and N. oligotropha groups, which improve the stability of nitritation process. A specific PCR primer set, used to target the 16S rRNA gene of anammox bacteria, confirmed the presence of the “Ca. Brocadia fulgida” type, able to grow in precence of organic matter and to tolerate high nitrite concentrations. The diversity of denitrifiers was assessed by using dissimilatory nitrite reductase (nirS gene-based analyses, who showed denitifiers were related to different betaproteobacterial genera, such as Thauera, Pseudomonas, Dechloromonas and Aromatoleum, able to assist in forming microbial aggregates. Concerning possible secondary processes, no n-damo bacteria were found while NOB from the genus of Nitrobacter was detected.

  14. Continuous nitrous oxide abatement in a novel denitrifying off-gas bioscrubber.

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    Frutos, Osvaldo D; Arvelo, Ilan A; Pérez, Rebeca; Quijano, Guillermo; Muñoz, Raúl

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    The potential of a bioscrubber composed of a packed bed absorption column coupled to a stirred tank denitrification bioreactor (STR) was assessed for 95 days for the continuous abatement of a diluted air emission of N2O at different liquid recycling velocities. N2O removal efficiencies of up to 40?±?1 % were achieved at the highest recirculation velocity (8 m h(-1)) at an empty bed residence time of 3 min using a synthetic air emission containing N2O at 104?±?12 ppmv. N2O was absorbed in the packed bed column and further reduced in the STR at efficiencies >80 % using methanol as electron donor. The long-term operation of the bioscrubber suggested that the specialized N2O degrading community established was not able to use N2O as nitrogen source. Additional nitrification assays showed that the activated sludge used as inoculum was not capable of aerobically oxidizing N2O to nitrate or nitrite, regardless of the inorganic carbon concentration tested. Denitrification assays confirmed the ability of non-acclimated activated sludge to readily denitrify N2O at a specific rate of 3.9 mg N2O g VSS h(-1) using methanol as electron donor. This study constitutes, to the best of our knowledge, the first systematic assessment of the continuous abatement of N2O in air emission. A characterization of the structure of the microbial population in the absorption column by DGGE-sequencing revealed a high microbial diversity and the presence of heterotrophic denitrifying methylotrophs. PMID:25547842

  15. Phylogenetically diverse denitrifying and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in corals Alcyonium gracillimum and Tubastraea coccinea.

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    Yang, Shan; Sun, Wei; Zhang, Fengli; Li, Zhiyong

    2013-10-01

    To date, the association of coral-bacteria and the ecological roles of bacterial symbionts in corals remain largely unknown. In particular, little is known about the community components of bacterial symbionts of corals involved in the process of denitrification and ammonia oxidation. In this study, the nitrite reductase (nirS and nirK) and ammonia monooxygenase subunit A (amoA) genes were used as functional markers. Diverse bacteria with the potential to be active as denitrifiers and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) were found in two East China Sea corals: stony coral Alcyonium gracillimum and soft coral Tubastraea coccinea. The 16S rRNA gene library analysis demonstrated different communities of bacterial symbionts in these two corals of the same location. Nitrite reductase nirK gene was found only in T. coccinea, while both nirK and nirS genes were detected in A. gracillimum, which might be the result of the presence of different bacterial symbionts in these two corals. AOB rather than ammonia-oxidizing archaea were detected in both corals, suggesting that AOB might play an important role in the ammonia oxidation process of the corals. This study indicates that the coral bacterial symbionts with the potential for nitrite reduction and ammonia oxidation might have multiple ecological roles in the coral holobiont, which promotes our understanding of bacteria-mediated nitrogen cycling in corals. To our knowledge, this study is the first assessment of the community structure and phylogenetic diversity of denitrifying bacteria and AOB in corals based on nirK, nirS, and amoA gene library analysis. PMID:23564007

  16. Uranium Enrichment, an overview

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    This general presentation on uranium enrichment will be followed by lectures on more specific topics including descriptions of enrichment processes and assessments of the prevailing commercial and industrial situations. I shall therefore avoid as much as possible duplications with these other lectures, and rather dwell on: some theoretical aspects of enrichment in general, underlying the differences between statistical and selective processes, a review and comparison between enrichment processes, remarks of general order regarding applications, the proliferation potential of enrichment. It is noteworthy that enrichment: may occur twice in the LWR fuel cycle: first by enriching natural uranium, second by reenriching uranium recovered from reprocessing, must meet LWR requirements, and in particular higher assays required by high burn up fuel elements, bears on the structure of the entire front part of the fuel cycle, namely in the conversion/reconversion steps only involving UF6 for the moment. (author). tabs., figs., 4 refs

  17. Isolation of the ?-caprolactam denitrifying bacteria from a wastewater treatment system manufactured with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene resin

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    ?-Caprolactam has high COD and toxicity, so its discharge to natural water and soil systems may lead to an adverse environmental effect on water quality, endangering public health and welfare. This investigation attempts to isolate ?-caprolactam denitrifying bacteria from a wastewater treatment system manufactured with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin. The goal is to elucidate the effectiveness of isolated pure strain and ABS mixed strains in treating ?-caprolactam from synthetic wastewater. The results reveal that Paracoccus versutus MDC-3 was isolated from the wastewater treatment system manufactured with ABS resin. The ABS mixed strains and P. versutus MDC-3 can consume up to 1539 mg/l ?-caprolactam to denitrify from synthetic wastewater. Complete ?-caprolactam removal depended on the supply of sufficient electron acceptors (nitrate). Strain P. versutus MDC-3, Hyphomicrobium sp. HM, Methylosinus pucelana and Magnetospirillum sp. CC-26 are related closely, according to the phylogenetic analyses of 16S rDNA sequences

  18. Cultural Literacy: Negotiating Language, Culture, and Thought

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    Clark, Ellen Riojas; Flores, Belinda Bustos

    2007-01-01

    Our schools see increasing numbers of students who reflect the wide diversity of this country's population, but too often these differences--culture, language, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity are viewed from negative or deficit perspectives when they are, in fact, the cultural capital that enriches discussion, broadens viewpoints, and…

  19. Advanced enrichment techniques

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    BNFL is in a unique position in that it has commercial experience of diffusion enrichment, and of centrifuge enrichment through its associate company Urenco. In addition BNFL is developing laser enrichment techniques as part of a UK development programme in this area. The paper describes the development programme which led to the introduction of competitive centrifuge enrichment technology by Urenco and discusses the areas where improvements have and will continue to be made in the centrifuge process. It also describes the laser development programme currently being undertaken in the UK. The paper concludes by discussing the relative merits of the various methods of uranium enrichment, with particular reference to the enrichment market likely to obtain over the rest of the century. (author)

  20. Uranium enrichment: an overview

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    This paper is a general presentation of uranium enrichment processes and assessments of the prevailing commercial and industrial situations. It gives first some theoretical aspects of enrichment in general and explains the differences between statistical and selective processes in particular. Then a review of the different processes is made with a comparison between them. Finally, some general remarks concerning applications are given and the risks of proliferation related to enrichment are mentioned. (J.S.). 4 refs., 5 figs., 8 tabs

  1. Alternative isotope enrichment processes

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    1983-01-01

    Alternative processes such as gas centrifugation, plasma separation, and laser excited separation are evaluated for use at the ORNL Stable Isotope Enrichment Facility. The applicabiliy of each process to the isotopic enrichment of the calutron feed material and to the selective production of isotopes is determined. The process energy demands are compared to those of the existing facilities. The isotopic enrichment of the feed material prior to a first-pass through the calutrons can result in a significant saving in energy.

  2. Commercial developments in enrichment

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    The significance of the dollars spent by government and industry so far on enrichment programs is enhanced by the number of engineering and component design and supply firms who have become involved in the public and private development and design projects. The knowhow gained from this experience provides the nucleus of the industrial manufacturing base for the unique enrichment technology necessary to build the future U.S. enrichment plants. The $1.5 billion CIP/CUP programs now under way and the $4.4 billion Portsmouth Add-On Plant are bringing the U.S. enrichment capacity to the capability to supply the contracted 323 GW of reactors, while conserving uranium by allowing operation at a lower, more nearly optimum tails assay. The government enrichment contract books have remained closed to new orders since July of 1975. Inevitably, new foreign enrichment projects are actively pursuing customers. Until the government or private U.S. enrichment ventures resume contracting activity, the foreign plants have no U.S. competition. The technology exists within ERDA and industry to maintain U.S. leadership in the world enrichment market if the institutional questions can be answered

  3. Sustainable nitrogen removal by denitrifying anammox applied for anaerobic pre-treated potato wastewater.

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    Mulder, A; Versprille, A I; van Braak, D

    2012-01-01

    The feasibility of sustainable nitrogen removal was investigated in a two stage biofilm configuration consisting of a MBBR (Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor) and a Deamox reactor (Biobed-EGSB). The MBBR is used for nitrification and the denitrifying ammonium oxidation (Deamox) is aimed at a nitrogen removal process in which part of the required nitrite for the typical anammox reaction originated from nitrate. Anaerobic pre-treated potato wastewater was supplied to a MBBR and Deamox reactor operated in series with a bypass flow of 30%. The MBBR showed stable nitrite production at ammonium-loading rates of 0.9-1.0 kg NH?-N/m³ d with ammonium conversion rates of 0.80-0.85 kg NH?-N/m³ d. The nitrogen-loading rate and conversion rate of the Deamox reactor were 1.6-1.8 and 1.6 kg N/m³ d. The maximum ammonium removal capacity in the Deamox reactor was 0.6 kg NH?-N/m³ d. The removal efficiency of soluble total nitrogen reached 90%. The Deamox process performance was found to be negatively affected during decline of the operating temperature from 33 to 22 °C and by organic loading rates with a chemical oxygen demand (COD)/NO?-N ratio >1. PMID:23109579

  4. Storage and growth of denitrifiers in aerobic granules: part I. model development.

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    Ni, Bing-Jie; Yu, Han-Qing

    2008-02-01

    A mathematical model, based on the Activated Sludge Model No.3 (ASM3), is developed to describe the storage and growth activities of denitrifiers in aerobic granules under anoxic conditions. In this model, mass transfer, hydrolysis, simultaneous anoxic storage and growth, anoxic maintenance, and endogenous decay are all taken into account. The model established is implemented in the well-established AQUASIM simulation software. A combination of completely mixed reactor and biofilm reactor compartments provided by AQUASIM is used to simulate the mass transport and conversion processes occurring in both bulk liquid and granules. The modeling results explicitly show that the external substrate is immediately utilized for storage and growth at feast phase. More external substrates are diverted to storage process than the primary biomass production process. The model simulation indicates that the nitrate utilization rate (NUR) of granules-based denitrification process includes four linear phases of nitrate reduction. Furthermore, the methodology for determining the most important parameter in this model, that is, anoxic reduction factor, is established. PMID:17614332

  5. Tertiary Denitrification of the Secondary Effluent by Denitrifying Biofilters Packed with Different Sizes of Quartz Sand

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Tertiary denitrification of the secondary effluent in wastewater treatment plants is necessary to control the eutrophication of receiving water bodies. Two denitrifying biofilters (DNBF, one packed with quart sand with sizes of 2–4 mm (DNBFS and the other of 4–6 mm (DNBFL, were operated for tertiary denitrification under empty bed retention times (EBRTs of 30 min, 15 min and 7.5 min, respectively. Under EBRTs of 30 min, 15 min and 7.5 min, the NO3?-N removal percentages were 93%, 82% and 83% in DNBFS, and were 92%, 68% and 36% in DNBFL, respectively. The nitrogen removal loading rates increased with decreasing EBRTs, and at the EBRT of 7.5 min, the rate was 2.15 kg/(m3·d in DNBFS and 1.08 kg/(m3·d in DNBFL. The half-order denitrification coefficient of DNBFS increased from 0.42 (mg/L1/2/min at the EBRT of 30 min to 0.70 (mg/L1/2/min at the EBRT of 7.5 min, while did not vary much in DNBFL with values from 0.22 to 0.25 (mg/L1/2/min. The performance of both DNBFs was stable within each backwashing cycle, with the NO3?-N removal percentage variation within 5%. Better denitrification was achieved in DNBFS but with a slightly high decreased flow rate during the operation.

  6. Evaluation of different culture media and enrichment in orange juice upon the growth of Alicyclobacillus spp. / Avaliação de diferentes meios de cultura e enriquecimento em suco de laranja sobre o crescimento de Alicyclobacillus spp.

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    Márcia Maria, Anjos; Suelen Pereira, Ruiz; Benício Alves, Abreu Filho.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available As bactérias do gênero Alicyiclobacillus spp. formam esporos e se desenvolvem em meios ácidos, podendo causar deterioração em sucos cítricos. O Brasil é o maior exportador de suco de laranja concentrado do mundo e, assim, este gênero vem sendo estudado por causar alterações de odor e sabor. Vários e [...] studos relatam diferentes meios de culturas empregados para a detecção e enumeração de Alicyclobacillus spp. Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a recuperação de esporos de Alicyclobacillus spp. nos meios ALI, BAT, K ágar e YSG, utilizando a metodologia indicada pela ABECitrus. Cinco inóculos diferentes foram utilizados, sendo dois de linhagens-referência e os outros três isolados de suco concentrado de laranja pasteurizado. Também foi verificada a recuperação das células após o enriquecimento em suco de laranja reconstituído. Foi inoculada uma população inicial de 6 log UFC/mL. Os meios ALI, BAT e YSG conseguiram recuperar esta população nos diferentes inóculos, não existindo diferenças significativas entre os resultados. Contudo, devido à facilidade do preparo, os meios ALI e YSG mostraram-se mais vantajosos quando comparados ao meio BAT. O meio K ágar apresentou recuperação inferior aos outros meios para todos os inóculos, porém, houve diferença significativa apenas para Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius 0298 T (3,66 log UFC/mL) e Alicyclobacillus pomorum-like CBMAI 0278 (4,11 log UFC/mL). Abstract in english Bacteria of the genus Alicyiclobacillus spp. form spores and develop in acid media, leading to the spoilage of citrus juices. Brazil is the largest exporter of orange juice concentrate, and yet, it has been extensively studied due to changes in taste and smell. Several investigations have reported d [...] ifferent culture media used to detect and enumerate Alicyiclobacillus spp. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the recovery of Alicyiclobacillus spp. spores grown in ALI, BAT, K agar and YSG media using the methodology suggested by ABECitrus. Five inocula were used, two from reference strains and three from pasteurized concentrated orange juice. Cell recovery after the enrichment in reconstituted orange juice was also analyzed. An initial population of 6 log CFU/mL was inoculated. ALI, BAT and YSG media were able to recover the initial population of all different inocula, with no significant differences between the results. When compared to BAT, however, the preparation of ALI and YSG media was simpler and had more advantages. The recovery with K agar medium was lower than the other media for all the tested inocula, with significant differences found for Alicyclobacillus acidocaldarius 0298T (3.66 log CFU/mL) and Alicyclobacillus pomorum-like CBMAI 0278 (4.11 log CFU/mL).

  7. TRIGA low enrichment fuel

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    Sixty TRIGA reactors have been sold and the earliest of these are now passing twenty years of operation. All of these reactors use the uranium-zirconium hydride fuel (UZrH) which provides certain unique advantages arising out of its large prompt negative temperature coefficient, very low fission product release, and high temperature capability. Eleven of these Sixty reactors are conversions from plate fuel to TRIGA fuel which were made as a result of these advantages. With only a few exceptions, TRIGA reactors have always used low-enriched-uranium (LEU) fuel with an enrichment of 19.9%. The exceptions have either been converted from the standard low-enriched fuel to the 70% enriched FLIP fuel in order to achieve extended lifetime, or are higher powered reactors which were designed for long life using 93%-enriched uranium during the time when the use and export of highly enriched uranium (HEU) was not restricted. The advent of international policies focusing attention on nonproliferation and safeguards made the HEU fuels obsolete. General Atomic immediately undertook a development effort (nearly two years ago) in order to be in a position to comply with these policies for all future export sales and also to provide a low-enriched alternative to fully enriched plate-type fuels. This important work was subsequently partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. The laboratory and production tests have shown that higher uranium densities can be achieved to compensate for reducing the enrichment to 20%, and that the fuels maintain the characteristics of the very thoroughly proven standard TRIGA fuels. In May of 1978, General Atomic announced that these fuels were available for TRIGA reactors and for plate-type reactors with power levels up to 15 MW with GA's standard commercial warranty

  8. Diversity, Abundance, and Distribution of nirS-Harboring Denitrifiers in Intertidal Sediments of the Yangtze Estuary.

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    Zheng, Yanling; Hou, Lijun; Liu, Min; Gao, Juan; Yin, Guoyu; Li, Xiaofei; Deng, Fengyu; Lin, Xianbiao; Jiang, Xiaofen; Chen, Fei; Zong, Haibo; Zhou, Junliang

    2015-07-01

    Denitrification plays a critical role in nitrogen removal in estuarine and coastal ecosystems. In this study, the community composition, diversity, abundance, and distribution of cytochrome cd1-type nitrite reductase gene (nirS)-harboring denitrifiers in intertidal sediments of the Yangtze Estuary were analyzed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based clone libraries and quantitative PCR techniques. Clone library analysis showed that the nirS-encoding bacterial biodiversity was significantly higher at the lower salinity sites than at the higher salinity sites. However, there was no significant seasonal difference in the nirS gene diversity between summer and winter. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the nirS-harboring denitrifier communities at the study area had distinctive spatial heterogeneity along the estuary. At the lower salinity sites, the nirS-harboring bacterial community was co-dominated by clusters III and VII; while at the higher salinity sites, it was dominated by cluster I. Canonical correspondence analysis indicated that the community compositions of nirS-type denitrifiers were significantly correlated with salinity, ammonium, and nitrate. Quantitative PCR results showed that the nirS gene abundance was in the range of 1.01?×?10(6) to 9.00?×?10(7) copies per gram dry sediment, without significant seasonal variation. Among all the environmental factors, the nirS gene abundance was only significantly related to the change of salinity. These results can extend our current knowledge about the composition and dynamics of denitrification microbial community in the estuarine ecosystem. PMID:25592637

  9. Abundance, Composition and Activity of Ammonia Oxidizer and Denitrifier Communities in Metal Polluted Rice Paddies from South China

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    Liu, Yuan; Liu, Yongzhuo; Ding, Yuanjun; Zheng, Jinwei; Zhou, Tong; Pan, Genxing; Crowley, David; Li, Lianqing; Zheng, Jufeng; Zhang, Xuhui; Yu, Xinyan; Wang, Jiafang

    2014-01-01

    While microbial nitrogen transformations in soils had been known to be affected by heavy metal pollution, changes in abundance and community structure of the mediating microbial populations had been not yet well characterized in polluted rice soils. Here, by using the prevailing molecular fingerprinting and enzyme activity assays and comparisons to adjacent non-polluted soils, we examined changes in the abundance and activity of ammonia oxidizing and denitrifying communities of rice paddies in two sites with different metal accumulation situation under long-term pollution from metal mining and smelter activities. Potential nitrifying activity was significantly reduced in polluted paddies in both sites while potential denitrifying activity reduced only in the soils with high Cu accumulation up to 1300 mg kg?1. Copy numbers of amoA (AOA and AOB genes) were lower in both polluted paddies, following the trend with the enzyme assays, whereas that of nirK was not significantly affected. Analysis of the DGGE profiles revealed a shift in the community structure of AOA, and to a lesser extent, differences in the community structure of AOB and denitrifier between soils from the two sites with different pollution intensity and metal composition. All of the retrieved AOB sequences belonged to the genus Nitrosospira, among which species Cluster 4 appeared more sensitive to metal pollution. In contrast, nirK genes were widely distributed among different bacterial genera that were represented differentially between the polluted and unpolluted paddies. This could suggest either a possible non-specific target of the primers conventionally used in soil study or complex interactions between soil properties and metal contents on the observed community and activity changes, and thus on the N transformation in the polluted rice soils. PMID:25058658

  10. Denitrifiers in the surface zone are primarily responsible for the nitrous oxide emission of dairy manure compost

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    Highlights: ? Nitrous oxide (N2O) productions of each compost zones were compared. ? The pile surface emitted significant fluxes of N2O. ? The isotopic signature of N2O from surface and NO2? amended core were different. ? The denitrifying gene abundance was significantly higher in pile surface than the pile core. -- Abstract: During the dairy manure composting process, significant nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions occur just after the pile turnings. To understand the characteristics of this N2O emission, samples were taken from the compost surface and core independently, and the N2O production was monitored in laboratory incubation experiments. Equal amounts of surface and core samples were mixed to simulate the turning, and the 15N isotope ratios within the molecules of produced N2O were analyzed by isotopomer analysis. The results showed that the surface samples emitted significant levels of N2O, and these emissions were correlated with NOx?-N accumulation. Moreover, the surface samples and surface-core mixed samples incubated at 30 °C produced N2O with a low site preference (SP) value (?0.9 to 7.0‰) that was close to bacteria denitrification (0‰), indicating that denitrifiers in the surface samples are responsible for this N2O production. On the other hand, N2O produced by NO2?-amended core samples and surface samples incubated at 60 °C showed unrecognized isotopic signatures (SP = 11.4–20.3‰). From these results, it was revealed that the N2O production occurring just after the turnings was mainly derived from bacterial denitrification (including nitrifier denitrification) of NOx?-N under mesophilic conditions, and surface denitrifying bacteria appeared to be the main contributor to this process

  11. Denitrifiers in the surface zone are primarily responsible for the nitrous oxide emission of dairy manure compost

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    Maeda, Koki, E-mail: k_maeda@affrc.go.jp [Dairy Research Division, National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization, 1 Hitsujigaoka, Sapporo 062-8555 (Japan); Department of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Toyoda, Sakae [Department of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Hanajima, Dai [Dairy Research Division, National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization, 1 Hitsujigaoka, Sapporo 062-8555 (Japan); Yoshida, Naohiro [Department of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan)

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    Highlights: ? Nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O) productions of each compost zones were compared. ? The pile surface emitted significant fluxes of N{sub 2}O. ? The isotopic signature of N{sub 2}O from surface and NO{sub 2}{sup ?} amended core were different. ? The denitrifying gene abundance was significantly higher in pile surface than the pile core. -- Abstract: During the dairy manure composting process, significant nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O) emissions occur just after the pile turnings. To understand the characteristics of this N{sub 2}O emission, samples were taken from the compost surface and core independently, and the N{sub 2}O production was monitored in laboratory incubation experiments. Equal amounts of surface and core samples were mixed to simulate the turning, and the {sup 15}N isotope ratios within the molecules of produced N{sub 2}O were analyzed by isotopomer analysis. The results showed that the surface samples emitted significant levels of N{sub 2}O, and these emissions were correlated with NO{sub x}{sup ?}-N accumulation. Moreover, the surface samples and surface-core mixed samples incubated at 30 °C produced N{sub 2}O with a low site preference (SP) value (?0.9 to 7.0‰) that was close to bacteria denitrification (0‰), indicating that denitrifiers in the surface samples are responsible for this N{sub 2}O production. On the other hand, N{sub 2}O produced by NO{sub 2}{sup ?}-amended core samples and surface samples incubated at 60 °C showed unrecognized isotopic signatures (SP = 11.4–20.3‰). From these results, it was revealed that the N{sub 2}O production occurring just after the turnings was mainly derived from bacterial denitrification (including nitrifier denitrification) of NO{sub x}{sup ?}-N under mesophilic conditions, and surface denitrifying bacteria appeared to be the main contributor to this process.

  12. Uranium conversion and enrichment

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  13. Metal enrichment processes

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    2008-01-01

    There are many processes that can transport gas from the galaxies to their environment and enrich the environment in this way with metals. These metal enrichment processes have a large influence on the evolution of both the galaxies and their environment. Various processes can contribute to the gas transfer: ram-pressure stripping, galactic winds, AGN outflows, galaxy-galaxy interactions and others. We review their observational evidence, corresponding simulations, their efficiencies, and their time scales as far as they are known to date. It seems that all processes can contribute to the enrichment. There is not a single process that always dominates the enrichment, because the efficiencies of the processes vary strongly with galaxy and environmental properties.

  14. Anaerobic Activation of p-Cymene in Denitrifying Betaproteobacteria: Methyl Group Hydroxylation versus Addition to Fumarate

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    Strijkstra, Annemieke; Trautwein, Kathleen; Jarling, René; Wöhlbrand, Lars; Dörries, Marvin; Reinhardt, Richard; Drozdowska, Marta; Golding, Bernard T.; Wilkes, Heinz

    2014-01-01

    The betaproteobacteria “Aromatoleum aromaticum” pCyN1 and “Thauera” sp. strain pCyN2 anaerobically degrade the plant-derived aromatic hydrocarbon p-cymene (4-isopropyltoluene) under nitrate-reducing conditions. Metabolite analysis of p-cymene-adapted “A. aromaticum” pCyN1 cells demonstrated the specific formation of 4-isopropylbenzyl alcohol and 4-isopropylbenzaldehyde, whereas with “Thauera” sp. pCyN2, exclusively 4-isopropylbenzylsuccinate and tentatively identified (4-isopropylphenyl)itaconate were observed. 4-Isopropylbenzoate in contrast was detected with both strains. Proteogenomic investigation of p-cymene- versus succinate-adapted cells of the two strains revealed distinct protein profiles agreeing with the different metabolites formed from p-cymene. “A. aromaticum” pCyN1 specifically produced (i) a putative p-cymene dehydrogenase (CmdABC) expected to hydroxylate the benzylic methyl group of p-cymene, (ii) two dehydrogenases putatively oxidizing 4-isopropylbenzyl alcohol (Iod) and 4-isopropylbenzaldehyde (Iad), and (iii) the putative 4-isopropylbenzoate-coenzyme A (CoA) ligase (Ibl). The p-cymene-specific protein profile of “Thauera” sp. pCyN2, on the other hand, encompassed proteins homologous to subunits of toluene-activating benzylsuccinate synthase (termed [4-isopropylbenzyl]succinate synthase IbsABCDEF; identified subunits, IbsAE) and protein homologs of the benzylsuccinate ?-oxidation (Bbs) pathway (termed BisABCDEFGH; all identified except for BisEF). This study reveals that two related denitrifying bacteria employ fundamentally different peripheral degradation routes for one and the same substrate, p-cymene, with the two pathways apparently converging at the level of 4-isopropylbenzoyl-CoA. PMID:25261521

  15. Simultaneous electricity generation and pollutant removal in microbial fuel cell with denitrifying biocathode over nitrite

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    Highlights: • An MFC was successfully started up using nitrite as cathodic electron acceptor. • The optimal HRT was deemed to be 8 h in this study. • The suitable temperature for power generation was found to be 20 °C. • The suitable temperature for pollutant removal was found to be 25 °C. • Free buffer led to 50% decrease of TN removal rate and power generation. - Abstract: The influences of hydraulic retention time, temperature and free buffer on the performance of short-cut denitrifying microbial fuel cell were investigated after it was successfully started up using nitrite as the cathodic electron acceptor. The results revealed that a power density of 8.3 ± 0.5 W m?3 NC was obtained after 15 days operation. The desirable hydraulic retention time was found in this study to be 8 h, with a COD removal rate of 2.117 ± 0.006 kg m?3 NC d?1 and a total nitrogen removal rate of 0.041 ± 0.002 kg m?3 NC d?1, respectively. It demonstrated that temperature had different effects on the electricity generation and pollutant removal performance of microbial fuel cell. The suitable temperature for power generation and pollutant removal was found to be 20 °C and 25 °C, respectively. Free buffer led to 50% decrease of both total nitrogen removal rate and power density of microbial fuel cell compared to that with phosphate buffer solution addition. The optimal total nitrogen removal rate obtained in the case with sodium azide addition (0.075 ± 0.008 kg m?3 NC d?1) increased by 50% as compared to that without sodium azide addition. It suggested that abolishing oxygen or inhibiting nitrite oxidizing bacteria would favor nitrogen removal

  16. Decaying cyanobacteria decrease N2O emissions related to diversity of intestinal denitrifiers of Chironomus plumosus

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    Xu Sun

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Nitrous oxide (N2O emission of fresh invertebrates has too long been neglected in eutrophic lakes, although the sediments these animals inhabit are presumably hot spots of N2O emission. Thus, the experiment in this research was designed to gain insight into the influence of cyanobacterial degradation on the N2O emission by fresh water invertebrates (Chironomus plumosus. The presence of decaying cyanobacteria in Lake Taihu decreased the N2O emission rate of Chironomus plumosus larvae from the larvae body by almost 400% for the larvae as a whole. The N2O emission rate decreased by 350% based on readings from studies of their gut, which was mostly due to stimulation of intestinal complete denitrification. The quantitative PCR results showed that intestinal gene abundance of nirK, nosZ (encoding the copper nitrite reductase and N2O reductase, respectively were significantly increased with the presence of decaying cyanobacteria. In contrast nirS (encoding the cytochrome cd1 heme nitrite reductase and the total bacteria decreased. In the gut of Chironomus plumosus, the diversity and richness of nosZ and nirK were lower with the cyanobacteria. Phylogenetic analysis of the intestinal function genes (nosZ and nirK showed that the nosZ- and nirK-type denitrifying bacterial sequences were related to different phylotypes. Hence, additional cyanobacteria increased the abundance, but decreased the richness and diversity of intestinal nitrate-reducing bacteria, probably by providing more carbon source in the gut. The data obtained in this study elucidates that the decaying cyanobacteria decreased the emissions of N2O by the aquatic invertebrates in freshwater sediment and could serve as a valuable resource for nitrogen removal affecting greenhouse gas emissions.

  17. Denitrifier communities in tank bromeliads and prospected N2O emissions from tank substrate upon increasing N-deposition

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    Suleiman, Marcel; Brandt, Franziska; Brenzinger, Kristof; Martinson, Guntars; Braker, Gesche

    2014-05-01

    It is well known that tropical rainforest soils with total emissions of 1.34 Tg N/yr from the tropics, play a significant role in the global N2O emissions scenarios. Significant contributions were reported particularly for tropical rainforest soils in South and Central America due to the large areas covered by rainforest in this region. In tropical rainforests of the Americas tank bromeliads constitute a prominent group of plants and were shown to significantly contribute to the production of the greenhouse gas methane from tropical forests. It is, however, essentially unknown whether and how bromeliads may contribute to the production of N2O, another important greenhouse gas. It is also unknown whether N2O emissions relate to atmospheric N-deposition and whether an increase in emissions is to be expected upon the prospected increase in N-deposition. We studied the propensity of tank substrate of the bromeliad Werauhia gladioliflora to emit N2O and how this potential is related to the underlying denitrifier communities. In tropical forests of Costa Rica Werauhia gladioliflora is very abundant with 9.85 specimen m-2. Incubation of the tank substrate with increasing amounts of fertilizer to reflect predicted N-deposition scenarios resulted in proportionally increasing net N2O production. Based on the abundance of Werauhia gladioliflora we estimated annual emissions of 395 µg N2O-N m-2 day-1 for N-deposition levels to date which is in the range of tropical soils. At a surplus of N 70% of N2O produced were not reduced leading to accumulation of N2O which agreed well with the finding that 95% of the denitrifiers detected lacked a gene encoding a N2O-reductase and are therefore unable to reduce N2O to dinitrogen. Generally, denitrifiers were highly abundant and ready to denitrify immediately after provision of a nitrogen source because carbon is non-limiting in tank substrate. Our results suggest that tank bromeliad substrate may be a significant source of N2O in neotropical forests and that with prospected increasing future N-depositions annual N2O emissions might increase.

  18. Laser and gas centrifuge enrichment

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    Heinonen, Olli

    2014-05-01

    Principles of uranium isotope enrichment using various laser and gas centrifuge techniques are briefly discussed. Examples on production of high enriched uranium are given. Concerns regarding the possibility of using low end technologies to produce weapons grade uranium are explained. Based on current assessments commercial enrichment services are able to cover the global needs of enriched uranium in the foreseeable future.

  19. Denitrifying bacteria from the genus Rhodanobacter dominate bacterial communities in the highly contaminated subsurface of a nuclear legacy waste site

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    Green, Stefan [Florida State University; Prakash, Om [Florida State University; Jasrotia, Puja [Florida State University; Overholt, Will [Florida State University; Cardenas, Erick [Michigan State University, East Lansing; Hubbard, Daniela [Florida State University; Tiedje, James M. [Michigan State University, East Lansing; Watson, David B [ORNL; Schadt, Christopher Warren [ORNL; Brooks, Scott C [ORNL; Kostka, Joel [Florida State University

    2011-01-01

    The effect of long-term mixed-waste contamination, particularly uranium and nitrate, on the microbial community in the terrestrial subsurface was investigated at the field scale at the Oak Ridge Integrated Field Research Challenge (ORIFRC) site in Oak Ridge, TN. The abundance, community composition, and distribution of groundwater microorganisms were examined across the site during two seasonal sampling events. At representative locations, subsurface sediment was also examined from two boreholes, one sampled from the most heavily contaminated area of the site and another from an area with low contamination. A suite of DNA- and RNA-based molecular tools were employed for community characterization, including quantitative PCR of ribosomal RNA and nitrite reductase genes, community composition fingerprinting analysis, and high-throughput pyrotag sequencing of rRNA genes. The results demonstrate that pH is a major driver of the subsurface microbial community structure, and denitrifying bacteria from the genus Rhodanobacter (class Gammaproteobacteria) dominate at low pH. The relative abundance of bacteria from this genus was positively correlated with lower pH conditions, and these bacteria were abundant and active in the most highly contaminated areas. Other factors, such as concentration of nitrogen species, oxygen and sampling season did not appear to strongly influence the distribution of Rhodanobacter. Results indicate that these organisms are acid-tolerant denitrifiers, well suited to the acidic, nitrate-rich subsurface conditions, and pH is confirmed as a dominant driver of bacterial community structure in this contaminated subsurface environment.

  20. Preliminary insights into ?15N and ?18O of nitrate in natural mosses: A new application of the denitrifier method

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    Natural mosses have been employed as reactive and accumulative indicators of atmospheric pollutants. Using the denitrifier method, the concentration, ?15N and ?18O of moss nitrate (NO3?) were measured to elucidate the sources of NO3? trapped in natural mosses. Oven drying at 55–70 °C, not lyophilization, was recommended to dry mosses for NO3? analyses. An investigation from urban to mountain sites in western Tokyo suggested that moss [NO3?] can respond to NO3? availability in different habitats. NO3? in terricolous mosses showed isotopic ratios as close to those of soil NO3?, reflecting the utilization of soil NO3?. Isotopic signatures of NO3? in corticolous and epilithic mosses elucidated atmospheric NO3? sources and strength from the urban (vehicle NOx emission) to mountain area (wet-deposition NO3?). However, mechanisms and isotopic effects of moss NO3? utilization must be further verified to enable the application of moss NO3? isotopes for source identification. - Highlights: ? Plant [NO3?] has been used to get insights into forest N saturation. ? However, detailed protocols were not establishblished for plant [NO3?] analysis. ? Moreover, nitrogen/oxygen isotopic ratios of plant NO3? cannot be measured. ? We developed a new protocol for concentration and isotopic measurement of plant NO3?. ? The new method can open a new window to use these parameters for NO3? physiology. - Plant nitrate isotopes can be measured using the denitrifier method and nitrate isotopes of mosses are useful to differentiate atmospheric nitrate sources.

  1. Estimate of denitrifying microbiota in tertiary sewage treatment and kinetics of the denitrification process using different sources of carbon

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    Marchetto Margarida

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available A study of the kinetics of denitrification was carried out in the laboratory based on the quantification of N2O, the final product of the activity of denitrifying microorganisms, when the enzymatic reduction of N2O to N2 was blocked by acetylene. Concentrated mixed liquor (sludge from a reactor with intermittent aeration used for sewage treatment was used as the inoculum, while methanol, acetic acid, glucose, effluent sewage from an anaerobic fluidized bed reactor and synthetic substrate simulating domestic sewage were used as carbon sources. The mean concentration of nitrate was 20 mg/L. Maxima of N2O production and NO3- consumption occurred between 0.5h and 2.0h of incubation using all the carbon sources, which characterized the denitrification process. Acetic acid and methanol were responsible for the highest rates of N2O production. The estimated number of denitrifying microorganisms in the reactor with intermittent aeration, using the MPN technique, varied from 10(9 to 10(10 MPN/g VSS, indicating a high potential for the occurrence of denitrification.

  2. Oxygen enrichment incineration

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    Kim, Jeong Guk; Yang, Hee Chul; Park, Geun Il; Kim, Joon Hyung

    2000-10-01

    Oxygen enriched combustion technology has recently been used in waste incineration. To apply the oxygen enrichment on alpha-bearing waste incineration, which is being developed, a state-of-an-art review has been performed. The use of oxygen or oxygen-enriched air instead of air in incineration would result in increase of combustion efficiency and capacity, and reduction of off-gas product. Especially, the off-gas could be reduced below a quarter, which might reduce off-gas treatment facilities, and also increase an efficiency of off-gas treatment. However, the use of oxygen might also lead to local overheating and high nitrogen oxides (NOx) formation. To overcome these problems, an application of low NOx oxy-fuel burner and recycling of a part of off-gas to combustion chamber have been suggested.

  3. Oxygen enrichment incineration

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    Oxygen enriched combustion technology has recently been used in waste incineration. To apply the oxygen enrichment on alpha-bearing waste incineration, which is being developed, a state-of-an-art review has been performed. The use of oxygen or oxygen-enriched air instead of air in incineration would result in increase of combustion efficiency and capacity, and reduction of off-gas product. Especially, the off-gas could be reduced below a quarter, which might reduce off-gas treatment facilities, and also increase an efficiency of off-gas treatment. However, the use of oxygen might also lead to local overheating and high nitrogen oxides (NOx) formation. To overcome these problems, an application of low NOx oxy-fuel burner and recycling of a part of off-gas to combustion chamber have been suggested

  4. Centrifuge enrichment program

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    Exxon Nuclear has been active in privately funded research and development of centrifuge enrichment technology since 1972. In October of 1975, Exxon Nuclear submitted a proposal to design, construct, and operate a 3000-MT SWU/yr centrifuge enrichment plant, under the provisions of the proposed Nuclear Fuel Assurance Act of 1975. The U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) accepted the proposal as a basis for negotiation. It was proposed to build a 1000-MT SWU/yr demonstration increment to be operational in 1982; and after successful operation for about one year, expand the facilities into a 3000-MT SWU/yr plant. As part of the overall centrifuge enrichment plant, a dedicated centrifuge manufacturing plant would be constructed; sized to support the full 3000-MT SWU/yr plant. The selection of the centrifuge process by Exxon Nuclear was based on an extremely thorough evaluation of current and projected enrichment technology; results show that the technology is mature and the process will be cost effective. The substantial savings in energy (about 93%) from utilization of the centrifuge option rather than gaseous diffusion is a compelling argument. As part of this program, Exxon Nuclear has a large hardware R and D program, plus a prototype centrifuge manufacturing capability in Malta, New York. To provide a full-scale machine and limited cascade test capability, Exxon Nuclear is constructing a $4,000,000 Centrifuge Test Facility in Richland, Washingtonfuge Test Facility in Richland, Washington. This facility was to initiate operations in the Fall of 1976. Exxon Nuclear is convinced that the centrifuge enrichment process is the rational selection for emergence of a commercial enrichment industry

  5. Cattle grazing and trampling activities affect abundance and activity of nitrifying and denitrifying microbial communities and N2O production in upland soil.

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    Chro?áková, Alica; Radl, V.; ?uhel, Ji?í; Gattinger, A.; Šimek, Miloslav; Elhottová, Dana; Schloter, M.

    Braunschweig : Bba - Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, 2007. s. 159-160. [Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology. BAGECO 9. Microbial Community Networks /9./. 23.06.2007-27.06.2007, Wernigerode] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : cattle grazing and trampling activities * nitrifying and denitrifying microbial communities * upland soil Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour

  6. Advanced uranium enrichment processes

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    Three advanced Uranium enrichment processes are dealt with in the report: AVLIS (Atomic Vapour LASER Isotope Separation), MLIS (Molecular LASER Isotope Separation) and PSP (Plasma Separation Process). The description of the physical and technical features of the processes constitutes a major part of the report. If further presents comparisons with existing industrially used enrichment technologies, gives information on actual development programmes and budgets and ends with a chapter on perspectives and conclusions. An extensive bibliography of the relevant open literature is added to the different subjects discussed. The report was drawn up by the nuclear research Centre (CEA) Saclay on behalf of the Commission of the European Communities

  7. Promotion of uranium enrichment business

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    The Committee on Nuclear Power has studied on the basic nuclear power policy, establishing its five subcommittees, entrusted by the Ministry of Nternational Trade and Industry. The results of examination by the subcommittee on uranium enrichment business are given along with a report in this connection by the Committee. In order to establish the nuclear fuel cycle, the aspect of uranium enrichment is essential. The uranium enrichment by centrifugal process has proceeded steadily in Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation. The following matters are described: the need for domestic uranium enrichment, the outlook for overseas enrichment services and the schedule for establishing domestic enrichment business, the current state of technology development, the position of the prototype enrichment plant, the course to be taken to establish enrichment business the main organization operating the prototype and commercial plants, the system of supplying centrifuges, the domestic conversion of natural uranium the subsidies for uranium enrichment business. (J.P.N.)

  8. Distribution of typical denitrifying functional genes and diversity of the nirS-encoding bacterial community related to environmental characteristics of river sediments

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    X. Yang

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Denitrification in river sediments leads to nitrate removal from the aquatic system; therefore, it is necessary to understand functional diversity of denitrifier communities in the system. Sediment samples (0–25 cm depth were collected from three typical locations along the Pearl River. The real-time PCR approach was used to measure the abundance of nitrate (narG, nitrite (nirS, nirK and nrfA, and nitrous oxide (nosZ reductase genes from the sediment samples. Assemblages of nirS, nirK and nosZ indicated that complete denitrification occurred in sediment cores, with the greatest number of gene copies from 5–15 cm depth. Dissimilatory nitrate reduction appeared to be important below 15 cm depth, based on increasing gene copies of narG and nrfA with sediment depth. There was a close match (78–94 % between the nirS sequences recovered from Pearl River sediment and those detected in estuarine and marine sediments as well as active sludge, suggesting that domestic sewage inputs and irregular tides. Canonical correspondence analysis indicated that the spatial distribution of denitrifying bacteria was highly correlated with dissolved inorganic N (DIN: NH4+, NO2 and NO3? concentrations in sediment. We conclude that changes in DIN within the sediment profile influences the distribution of denitrifying genes and the nirS-encoding denitrifier community in the river sediment. Our results also reveal a variety of novel denitrifying bacteria in the river sediment.

  9. Distribution of typical denitrifying functional genes and diversity of the nirS-encoding bacterial community related to environmental characteristics of river sediments

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    R. Zhang

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Denitrification in river sediments leads to nitrate removal from the aquatic system; therefore, it is necessary to understand functional diversity of denitrifier communities in the system. Sediment samples (0–25 cm depth were collected from three typical locations along the Pearl River. The real-time PCR approach was used to measure the abundance of nitrate (narG, nitrite (nirS, nirK and nrfA, and nitrous oxide (nosZ reductase genes from the sediment samples. Assemblages of nirS, nirK and nosZ indicated that complete denitrification occurred in sediment cores, with the greatest number of gene copies from 5–15 cm depth. Dissimilatory nitrate reduction appeared to be important below 15 cm depth, based on increasing gene copies of narG and nrfA with sediment depth. There was a close match (78–94 % between the nirS sequences recovered from the Pearl River sediment and those detected in estuarine and marine sediments as well as active sludge, suggesting that the nitrogen source in the Pearl River sediment was affected by domestic sewage inputs and irregular tides. Canonical correspondence analysis indicated that the spatial distribution of denitrifying bacteria was highly correlated with dissolved inorganic nitrogen (including NH4+, NO2? and NO3? concentrations in sediment. It was concluded that the difference in dissolved inorganic nitrogen concentrations along the sediment profile influenced the distribution of denitrifying genes and the nirS-encoding denitrifier community in the river sediment. In addition, a variety of novel denitrifying bacteria were revealed in the river sediment.

  10. Commercial developments in enrichment

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    Through ERDA's Industry Participation Programs, technology for diffusion and centrifuge uranium enrichment plants is being transferred to U.S. engineering and industrial firms. These programs and the participating companies are listed and discussed. The remaining hurdles to future plants are financial and political, not technological

  11. Everyone Vegetarian, World Enriching

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    2014-01-01

    This essay advocates global vegetarian diet. Firstly, seven personal health benefits and four global benefits of vegetarian dinners are specified to enrich the entire globe, and then, secondly, I explore concretely how to overcome internal hurdle and external hurdle, so as to effectively propagate vegetarian dinners throughout the world. Everyone wins, including animals!

  12. Enriched Reedy categories

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    2006-01-01

    We define the notion of an enriched Reedy category, and show that if A is a C-Reedy category for some symmetric monoidal model category C and M is a C-model category, the category of C-functors and C-natural transformations from A to M is again a model category.

  13. Availability of enrichment services

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    The report summarizes major uncertainties which are likely to influence future demands for uranium isotopic enrichment. Since for the next decade the development of nuclear power will be largely concerned with the increase in demand the need for enrichment capacity will then be particularly sensitive to assumptions about growth-rates. Existing world-wide capacity, together with capacities under construction, will be sufficient well into the 1980s. However, long decision and construction lead-time, uncertainty regarding future demand as well as other factors, specifically high capital need, all of which entail financial risks, create hindrances to a timely development of incremental capacity. The adequacy of current technology is well demonstrated in plant operation and new technology is under way. Technology is, however, not freely available on a purely commercial basis. Commercial willingness, which anticipates a limited degree of financial risk, requests both long-term back-up from the utilities that would parallel their firm decisions on the acquisition of nuclear power units, and a protective government umbrella. This situation depends on the symbiotic relationship that exists between the nuclear power generating organizations, the enrichment undertakings and the governments involved. The report accordingly stresses the need for a more co-operative approach and this, moreover, at the multinational level. There is otherwise a risk that proper resources and financin a risk that proper resources and financing means will not be allocated to the enrichment sector. Export limitations that lead to a high degree of industrial processing of nuclear fuel, i.e. the obligatory enrichment of natural uranium, do not serve the interests of overall industrial efficiency. (author)

  14. [Enrichment and identification of anaerobic ammonium oxidation bacteria].

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    Liu, Dong-Ying; Qiu, Yan-Ling; Yuan, Xian-Zheng; Shi, Xiao-Shuang; Guo, Rong-Bo

    2012-09-01

    Anaerobic ammonium oxidation (ANAMMOX) bacteria were investigated by cultivation and molecular approaches. Primary enrichments were made with NH4HCO3 and NaNO2 as substrates and two types of sludge from ANAMMOX reactors as inoculum. Two stable enrichment cultures were obtained after two years of successive transfers, and ammonium removal rate was 85%. The ANAMMOX bacteria in the enrichment cultures were identified by Planctomycetales-specific 16S rRNA gene-cloning analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The clone analysis revealed that all the clonal sequences obtained from the two enrichment cultures were similar and closely related to Candidatus "Kuenenia stuttgartiensis" (99% similarities in 16S rRNA gene sequence). FISH with Planctomycetales-specific probe Pla46 and K. stuttgartiensis-specific probe Kst1275 revealed that the predominant ANAMMOX bacteria in the two enrichment cultures showed positive signals with the Pla46 and Kst1275 probes, respectively. To detect the variation in abundance of K. stuttgartiensis in the original inoculum reactor during two years of operation, FISH with Pla46 and Kst1275 probes was applied to the same sludge. The results showed that the abundance of K. stuttgartiensis in the sludge was increased from 11% to 24% within two years. PMID:23243882

  15. Characterization of a murine neuron-enriched model of primary trigeminal ganglia cultures to study the interferon- ? antiviral effect against Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 / Caracterización de un modelo murino de cultivos primarios de ganglio trigeminal enriquecido en neuronas para el estudio del efecto antiviral del interferón- ? frente al virus Herpes simple tipo 1

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    Ana Maria, Low-Calle; Jeanette, Prada-Arismendy; Jaime E., Castellanos.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Caracterizar un cultivo primario de ganglio trigeminal (GT) enriquecido en neuronas y evaluar la expresión de interferón- y su actividad frente a la infección con Herpes simple tipo 1 (HSV-1). Materiales y métodos: El porcentaje de neuronas fue determinado por inmunocitoquímica para neurof [...] ilamento. Los cultivos fueron tratados con interferón- ? e infectados con HSV-1, y se cuantificaron las células positivas para antígeno viral por inmunocitoquímica y la expresión de interferón- ? por PCR cuantitativa. Resultados: El cultivo presentó un 15% de neuronas y 85% de células no neuronales. Se encontró efecto citopático, asociado a una alta diseminación de la infección (72,9% neuronas y 48,3% de células no neuronales positivas para antígeno viral). El interferón- ? evitó la aparición de efecto citopático y disminuyó las células infectadas a 16,7% en neuronas y a 7,8% las células no neuronales. La infección viral incrementó la expresión de transcritos de interferón- ? 18,2 veces a las 6 h de infección, mientras que a las 18 h post infección el tratamiento con interferón incrementó esta expresión 3,7 veces. Discusión: Los cultivos presentaron un 15% de neuronas, lo cual es 10 veces más que en otros cultivos reportados. Las células no neuronales representan el 85% de las células del cultivo, y se evidenció que todos los tipos de células se infectaron; similar a lo que ha sido reportado durante infecciones agudas in vivo . Adicionalmente, el interferón- ? disminuyó el porcentaje de células infectadas y evitó la aparición de efecto citopático, similar a lo que ha sido reportado en cultivos de GT porcino. Conclusiones: Se caracterizó un modelo de cultivo primario de GT enriquecido en neuronas. Interferón- ? protegió las células del efecto citopático y la diseminación viral mientras que la infección viral incrementó la expresión de interferón- ?. Por lo tanto, el interferón- ? ejerció un papel antiviral importante frente al HSV-1 en estos cultivos. Abstract in english Objective: To characterize a neuron-enriched primary TG culture and evaluate interferon- ? expression and activity after HSV-1 infection. Materials and methods: The percentage of neurons present in cultures was assessed by neurofilament immunocytochemistry. Cultures were treated with interferon- ? a [...] nd infected with HSV-1, then viral antigen positive cells were counted and interferon- ?expression was assessed by quantitative PCR. Results: The culture contained 15% neurons and 85% non-neuronal cells. A cytopathic effect was observed, associated with high viral spread (72.9% neurons and 48.3% non-neuronal cells were positive for viral antigen). Interferon- ? treatment impaired the cytopathic effect and decreased the infected neurons to 16.7% and infected non-neuronal cells to 7.8%. Viral infection at 6 h postinfection significantly increased the interferon- ? transcripts by 18.2 fold, while at 18 h postinfection Interferon pre-treatment in infected cultures increased interferon- ? transcription by 3.7 fold. Discussion: This culture model contained 15% neurons, which is 10 times higher compared to other reported cultures, and non-neuronal cells comprised 85% of cells in this culture. All types of cells were found to be infected, which is similar to that reported during acute infections in vivo . Additionally, interferon- ?decreased the infected cells, avoiding the cytopathic effect, which is similar to that reported in swine TG cultures. Conclusions: A neuron-enriched primary TG model was characterized. Interferon- ? treatment protected cells from cytopathic effects and viral spread, while viral infection up-regulated interferon- ? expression. This result means that interferon- ? exerts an important antiviral effect against HSV-1 in these cultures.

  16. Competitive Fitness of Listeria monocytogenes Serotype 1/2a and 4b Strains in Mixed Cultures with and without Food in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Enrichment Protocol

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    Thirteen different serotypes of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes have been described. Serotype 4b strains are most often associated with illness, and serotype 1/2a strains are most often isolated from foods and processing plants. Different abilities to respond to stresses have been described for serotype 4b and 1/2a strains. One of the common enrichment protocols used to test foods for the presence L. monocytogenes is described in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bact...

  17. Future of uranium enrichment

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    The increasing amount of separative work being done in government facilities to produce low-enriched uranium fuel for nuclear utilities again raises the question: should this business-type, industrial function be burned over the private industry. The idea is being looked at by the Reagan administration, but faces problems of national security as well as from the unique nature of the business. This article suggests that a joint government-private venture combining enriching, reprocessing, and waste disposal could be the answer. Further, a separate entity using advanced laser technology to deplete existing uranium tails and lease them for fertile blankets in breeder reactors might earn substantial revenues to help reduce the national debt

  18. South Australia, uranium enrichment

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    The Report sets out the salient data relating to the establishment of a uranium processing centre at Redcliff in South Australia. It is conceived as a major development project for the Commonwealth, the South Australian Government and Australian Industry comprising the refining and enrichment of uranium produced from Australian mines. Using the data currently available in respect of markets, demand, technology and possible financial return from overseas sales, the project could be initiated immediately with hexafluoride production, followed rapidly in stages by enrichment production using the centrifuge process. A conceptual development plan is presented, involving a growth pattern that would be closely synchronised with the mining and production of yellowcake. The proposed development is presented in the form of an eight-and-half-year programme. Costs in this Report are based on 1975 values, unless otherwise stated. (Author)

  19. Whole-Genome Transcriptional Analysis of Chemolithoautotrophic Thiosulfate Oxidation by Thiobacillus denitrificans Under Aerobic vs. Denitrifying Conditions

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    Beller, H R; Letain, T E; Chakicherla, A; Kane, S R; Legler, T C; Coleman, M A

    2006-04-22

    Thiobacillus denitrificans is one of the few known obligate chemolithoautotrophic bacteria capable of energetically coupling thiosulfate oxidation to denitrification as well as aerobic respiration. As very little is known about the differential expression of genes associated with ke chemolithoautotrophic functions (such as sulfur-compound oxidation and CO2 fixation) under aerobic versus denitrifying conditions, we conducted whole-genome, cDNA microarray studies to explore this topic systematically. The microarrays identified 277 genes (approximately ten percent of the genome) as differentially expressed using Robust Multi-array Average statistical analysis and a 2-fold cutoff. Genes upregulated (ca. 6- to 150-fold) under aerobic conditions included a cluster of genes associated with iron acquisition (e.g., siderophore-related genes), a cluster of cytochrome cbb3 oxidase genes, cbbL and cbbS (encoding the large and small subunits of form I ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase, or RubisCO), and multiple molecular chaperone genes. Genes upregulated (ca. 4- to 95-fold) under denitrifying conditions included nar, nir, and nor genes (associated respectively with nitrate reductase, nitrite reductase, and nitric oxide reductase, which catalyze successive steps of denitrification), cbbM (encoding form II RubisCO), and genes involved with sulfur-compound oxidation (including two physically separated but highly similar copies of sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase and of dsrC, associated with dissimilatory sulfite reductase). Among genes associated with denitrification, relative expression levels (i.e., degree of upregulation with nitrate) tended to decrease in the order nar > nir > nor > nos. Reverse transcription, quantitative PCR analysis was used to validate these trends.

  20. Transitions in nirS-type Denitrifier Diversity, Community Composition, and Biogeochemical Activity along the Chesapeake Bay Estuary

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    Full Text Available Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America, can be characterized as having steep and opposing gradients in salinity and dissolved inorganic nitrogen along the main axis of the Bay. In this study, the diversity of nirS gene fragments (encoding cytochrome cd1-type nitrite reductase, physical/chemical parameters, and benthic N2-fluxes were analyzed in order to determine how denitrifier communities and biogeochemical activity vary along the estuary salinity gradient. The nirS gene fragments were PCR-amplified, cloned, and sequenced from sediment cores collected at five stations. Sequence analysis of 96 to 123 nirS clones from each station revealed extensive overall diversity in this estuary, as well as distinct spatial structure in the nirS sequence distributions. Both nirS-based richness and community composition varied among stations, with the most dramatic shifts occurring between low-salinity (oligohaline and moderate-salinity (mesohaline sites. For four samples collected in April, the nirS-based richness, nitrate concentrations, and N2-fluxes all decreased in parallel along the salinity gradient from the oligohaline northernmost station to the highest salinity (polyhaline station near the mouth of the Bay. The vast majority of the 550 nirS sequences were distinct from cultivated denitrifiers, although many were closely related to environmental clones from other coastal and estuarine systems. Interestingly, 8 of the 172 OTUs identified accounted for 42% of the total nirS clones, implying the presence of a few dominant and many rare genotypes, which were distributed in a non-random manner along the salinity gradient of Chesapeake Bay. These data, comprising the largest dataset to investigate nirS clone sequence diversity from an estuarine environment, also provided information that was required for the development of nirS microarrays to investigate the interaction of microbial diversity, environmental gradients, and biogeochemical activity.

  1. Transitions in nirS-type denitrifier diversity, community composition, and biogeochemical activity along the Chesapeake Bay estuary

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    Francis, Christopher A.; O'Mullan, Gregory D.; Cornwell, Jeffrey C.; Ward, Bess B.

    2013-01-01

    Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America, can be characterized as having steep and opposing gradients in salinity and dissolved inorganic nitrogen along the main axis of the Bay. In this study, the diversity of nirS gene fragments (encoding cytochrome cd1-type nitrite reductase), physical/chemical parameters, and benthic N2-fluxes were analyzed in order to determine how denitrifier communities and biogeochemical activity vary along the estuary salinity gradient. The nirS gene fragments were PCR-amplified, cloned, and sequenced from sediment cores collected at five stations. Sequence analysis of 96–123 nirS clones from each station revealed extensive overall diversity in this estuary, as well as distinct spatial structure in the nirS sequence distributions. Both nirS-based richness and community composition varied among stations, with the most dramatic shifts occurring between low-salinity (oligohaline) and moderate-salinity (mesohaline) sites. For four samples collected in April, the nirS-based richness, nitrate concentrations, and N2-fluxes all decreased in parallel along the salinity gradient from the oligohaline northernmost station to the highest salinity (polyhaline) station near the mouth of the Bay. The vast majority of the 550 nirS sequences were distinct from cultivated denitrifiers, although many were closely related to environmental clones from other coastal and estuarine systems. Interestingly, 8 of the 172 OTUs identified accounted for 42% of the total nirS clones, implying the presence of a few dominant and many rare genotypes, which were distributed in a non-random manner along the salinity gradient of Chesapeake Bay. These data, comprising the largest dataset to investigate nirS clone sequence diversity from an estuarine environment, also provided information that was required for the development of nirS microarrays to investigate the interaction of microbial diversity, environmental gradients, and biogeochemical activity. PMID:24009603

  2. Denitrification of groundwater using a sulfur-oxidizing autotrophic denitrifying anaerobic fluidized-bed MBR: performance and bacterial community structure.

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    Zhang, Lili; Zhang, Chao; Hu, Chengzhi; Liu, Huijuan; Qu, Jiuhui

    2015-03-01

    This paper investigates a novel sulfur-oxidizing autotrophic denitrifying anaerobic fluidized bed membrane bioreactor (AnFB-MBR) that has the potential to overcome the limitations of conventional sulfur-oxidizing autotrophic denitrification systems. The AnFB-MBR produced consistent high-quality product water when fed by a synthetic groundwater with NO3 (-)-N ranging 25-80 mg/L and operated at hydraulic retention times of 0.5-5.0 h. A nitrate removal rate of up to 4.0 g NO3 (-)-N/Lreactord was attained by the bioreactor, which exceeded any reported removal capacity. The flux of AnFB-MBR was maintained in the range of 1.5-15 L m(-2) h(-1). Successful membrane cleaning was practiced with cleaning cycles of 35-81 days, which had no obvious effect on the AnFB-MBR performance. The (15)?N-tracer analyses elucidated that nitrogen was converted into (15)?N2-N and (15)?N-biomass accounting for 88.1-93.1 % and 6.4-11.6 % of the total nitrogen produced, respectively. Only 0.3-0.5 % of removed nitrogen was in form of (15)N2O-N in sulfur-oxidizing autotrophic denitrification process, reducing potential risks of a significant amount of N2O emissions. The sulfur-oxidizing autotrophic denitrifying bacterial consortium was composed mainly of bacteria from Proteobacteria, Chlorobi, and Chloroflexi phyla, with genera Thiobacillus, Sulfurimonas, and Ignavibacteriales dominating the consortium. The pyrosequencing assays also suggested that the stable microbial communities corresponded to the elevated performance of the AnFB-MBR. Overall, this research described relatively high nitrate removal, acceptable flux, indicating future potential for the technology in practice. PMID:25343972

  3. Centrifugal enrichment of sulfur isotopes

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    This work contains the results of the research for the complete cycle of the centrifuge enrichment process of all sulfur isotopes. As a result of this work there was obtained, and made available (by centrifuge enrichment process), for the first time hundreds of grams of all the isotopes of sulfur to high enrichment. (author)

  4. Uranium enrichment by gas centrifuge

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    After recalling the physical principles and the techniques of centrifuge enrichment the report describes the centrifuge enrichment programmes of the various countries concerned and compares this technology with other enrichment technologies like gaseous diffusion, laser, aerodynamic devices and chemical processes. The centrifuge enrichment process is said to be able to replace with advantage the existing enrichment facilities in the short and medium term. Future prospects of the process are also described, like recycled uranium enrichment and economic improvements; research and development needs to achieve the economic prospects are also indicated. Finally the report takes note of the positive aspect of centrifuge enrichment as far as safeguards and nuclear safety are concerned. 27 figs, 113 refs

  5. Uranium enrichment in France

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    Eurodif's uranium enrichment plant in France will undoubtedly remain reliable, flexible and competitive for at least the next twenty years. Its replacement is nevertheless already under study and evaluation by Cogema, the main shareholder, since the investment decisions about the technology chosen for the substitution of the gaseous process diffusion will have to be made in near future. Supporting the efforts of the nuclear utilities to keep the nuclear power option viable and competitive, Cogema presently focuses on the development of laser processes, designed to attractively offer fully loaded costs, i.e. including the returns on investment, not much higher than the variable production costs of today. (orig.)

  6. Evaluation of the microbial diversity in sequencing batch reactor treating linear alkylbenzene sulfonate under denitrifying and mesophilic conditions using swine sludge as inoculum

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    Iolanda Cristina Silveira, Duarte; Lorena Lima de, Oliveira; Dagoberto Yukio, Okada; Pierre Ferreira do, Prado; Maria Bernadete Amâncio, Varesche.

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the degradation of Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) in anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR) under denitrifying conditions using swine sludge as inoculum. The reactor was operated for 104 days with synthetic substrate containing nitrate, and LAS was [...] added later (22 mg/L). Considering the added mass of the LAS, the adsorbed mass in the sludge and discarded along with the effluent, degradation of the surfactant at the end of operation was 87%, removal of chemical oxygen demand was 86% and nitrate was 98%. The bacterial community was evaluated by cutting the bands and sequencing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) fragments and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). The sequences obtained were related to the phylum Proteobacteria and the alpha-and beta-proteobacteria classes, these bacteria were probably involved in the degradation of LAS. The efficiently degraded LAS in the reactor was operated in batch sequences in denitrifying conditions.

  7. Evaluation of the microbial diversity in sequencing batch reactor treating linear alkylbenzene sulfonate under denitrifying and mesophilic conditions using swine sludge as inoculum

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    Iolanda Cristina Silveira, Duarte; Lorena Lima de, Oliveira; Dagoberto Yukio, Okada; Pierre Ferreira do, Prado; Maria Bernadete Amâncio, Varesche.

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the degradation of Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) in anaerobic sequencing batch reactor (ASBR) under denitrifying conditions using swine sludge as inoculum. The reactor was operated for 104 days with synthetic substrate containing nitrate, and LAS was [...] added later (22 mg/L). Considering the added mass of the LAS, the adsorbed mass in the sludge and discarded along with the effluent, degradation of the surfactant at the end of operation was 87%, removal of chemical oxygen demand was 86% and nitrate was 98%. The bacterial community was evaluated by cutting the bands and sequencing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) fragments and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). The sequences obtained were related to the phylum Proteobacteria and the alpha-and beta-proteobacteria classes, these bacteria were probably involved in the degradation of LAS. The efficiently degraded LAS in the reactor was operated in batch sequences in denitrifying conditions.

  8. Abundance and Diversity of Bacterial Nitrifiers and Denitrifiers and Their Functional Genes in Tannery Wastewater Treatment Plants Revealed by High-Throughput Sequencing

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    Wang, Zhu; Zhang, Xu-Xiang; Lu, Xin; Liu, Bo; Yan LI; Long, Chao; Li, Aimin

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    Biological nitrification/denitrification is frequently used to remove nitrogen from tannery wastewater containing high concentrations of ammonia. However, information is limited about the bacterial nitrifiers and denitrifiers and their functional genes in tannery wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) due to the low-throughput of the previously used methods. In this study, 454 pyrosequencing and Illumina high-throughput sequencing, combined with molecular methods, were used to comprehensively ch...

  9. Changes in Denitrifier Abundance, Denitrification Gene mRNA Levels, Nitrous Oxide Emissions, and Denitrification in Anoxic Soil Microcosms Amended with Glucose and Plant Residues?

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    Henderson, Sherri L.; Dandie, Catherine E.; Patten, Cheryl L.; Zebarth, Bernie J.; Burton, David L.; Trevors, Jack T.; Goyer, Claudia

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    In agricultural cropping systems, crop residues are sources of organic carbon (C), an important factor influencing denitrification. The effects of red clover, soybean, and barley plant residues and of glucose on denitrifier abundance, denitrification gene mRNA levels, nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, and denitrification rates were quantified in anoxic soil microcosms for 72 h. nosZ gene abundances and mRNA levels significantly increased in response to all organic carbon treatments over time. In...

  10. Insights into the effect of soil pH on N2O and N2 emissions and denitrifier community size and activity.

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    ?uhel, Ji?í; Šimek, Miloslav; Laughlin, R.J.; Bru, D.; Chéneby, D.; Watson, C.J.; Philippot, L.

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    Ro?. 76, ?. 6 (2010), s. 1870-1878. ISSN 0099-2240 R&D Projects: GA MŠk MEB020726; GA MŠk LC06066; GA AV ?R IAA600660605 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : soil pH * N 2 O and N 2 emissions * denitrifier community Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 3.778, year: 2010

  11. Substrate-Dependent Regulation of Anaerobic Degradation Pathways for Toluene and Ethylbenzene in a Denitrifying Bacterium, Strain EbN1

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    Ku?hner, Simon; Wo?hlbrand, Lars; Fritz, Ingo; Wruck, Wasco; Hultschig, Claus; Hufnagel, Peter; Kube, Michael; Reinhardt, Richard; Rabus, Ralf

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    Anaerobic biodegradation of toluene and ethylbenzene is of environmental concern and biochemical interest due to toxicity and novel reactions, respectively. The denitrifying strain EbN1 is unique in anaerobically degrading both alkylbenzenes via different pathways which converge at benzoyl coenzyme A. The organization of genes involved in both pathways was only recently determined for strain EbN1. In the present study, global expression analysis (DNA microarray and proteomics) indicated invol...

  12. The world enrichment market

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    The enrichment market can be divided into two periods: the near-term market (1991 to 1995) and the long-term market (1995 and beyond). The near-term market is characterized by limited unfilled requirements of 4% per year, to be supplied by national stockpiles and excess inventories. This low-cost material will be drawn down by about 1993, causing a subsequent price rise. As the price rises, primary supplier activity is expected to increase. In the near-term, two contracting activities are apparent: spot; and intermediate-term. The current spot market is expected to last until available low cost inventories are drawn down. Recently, in attempts to gain market share, suppliers have offered attractively priced intermediate-term (3 year) contracts for 1996 to 1998. While a small spot market will continue after 1995, it is anticipated that utilities will prefer a mix of medium- and long-term (5 to 10 year) contracts from primary suppliers for most of their enrichment requirements. As national stockpiles and utility inventories are consumed, low-cost supply available to the spot market is expected to diminish. Consequently, with little low-cost supply available, the only apparent source of material will be from primary suppliers, and the resulting competition over market share is expected to be intense. (author)

  13. Enrichment and activity of methanotrophic microorganisms from municipal wastewater sludge.

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    Siniscalchi, Luciene Alves Batista; Vale, Isabel Campante; Dell'Isola, Jéssica; Chernicharo, Carlos Augusto; Calabria Araujo, Juliana

    2015-06-01

    In this study, methanotrophic microorganisms were enriched from a municipal wastewater sludge taken from an Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket reactor. The enrichment was performed in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) with an autotrophic medium containing nitrite and nitrate. The microbial community composition of the inoculum and of the enrichment culture after 100 days of SBR operation was investigated and compared with the help of data obtained from 454 pyrosequencing analyses. The nitrite and nitrate removal efficiencies were 68% and 53%, respectively, probably due to heterotrophic denitrification. Archaeal cells of the anaerobic methanotrophic Archaic (ANME)-I and ANME-II groups were detected by polymerase chain reaction throughout the whole cultivation period. Pyrosequencing analysis showed that community composition was different among the two samples analysed. The dominant phyla found in the inoculum were Synergistestes, Firmicutes and Euryarchaeota, while Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Chloroflexi and Proteobacteria prevailed in the enriched biomass. The cultivation conditions decreased Methanobacterium abundance from 8% to 1%, and enriched for methanotrophic bacteria such as Methylocaldum, Methylocistis and Methylosinus. Sequences of Methylocaldum sp. accounted for 2.5% of the total reads. The presence and high predominance of Verrucomicrobia in the enriched biomass suggested that other unknown methanotrophic species related to that phylum might also have occurred in the reactor. Anaerobic methane oxidation activity was measured for both samples, and showed that the activity of the enrichment culture was nearly three times higher than the activity of the inoculum. Taken together, these results showed that the inoculum type and cultivation conditions were properly suited for methanotrophic enrichment. PMID:25495866

  14. Abundance and diversity of bacterial nitrifiers and denitrifiers and their functional genes in tannery wastewater treatment plants revealed by high-throughput sequencing.

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    Wang, Zhu; Zhang, Xu-Xiang; Lu, Xin; Liu, Bo; Li, Yan; Long, Chao; Li, Aimin

    2014-01-01

    Biological nitrification/denitrification is frequently used to remove nitrogen from tannery wastewater containing high concentrations of ammonia. However, information is limited about the bacterial nitrifiers and denitrifiers and their functional genes in tannery wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) due to the low-throughput of the previously used methods. In this study, 454 pyrosequencing and Illumina high-throughput sequencing, combined with molecular methods, were used to comprehensively characterize structures and functions of nitrification and denitrification bacterial communities in aerobic and anaerobic sludge of two full-scale tannery WWTPs. Pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes showed that Proteobacteria and Synergistetes dominated in the aerobic and anaerobic sludge, respectively. Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) amoA gene cloning revealed that Nitrosomonas europaea dominated the ammonia-oxidizing community in the WWTPs. Metagenomic analysis showed that the denitrifiers mainly included the genera of Thauera, Paracoccus, Hyphomicrobium, Comamonas and Azoarcus, which may greatly contribute to the nitrogen removal in the two WWTPs. It is interesting that AOB and ammonia-oxidizing archaea had low abundance although both WWTPs demonstrated high ammonium removal efficiency. Good correlation between the qPCR and metagenomic analysis is observed for the quantification of functional genes amoA, nirK, nirS and nosZ, indicating that the metagenomic approach may be a promising method used to comprehensively investigate the abundance of functional genes of nitrifiers and denitrifiers in the environment. PMID:25420093

  15. A doubling of microphytobenthos biomass coincides with a tenfold increase in denitrifier and total bacterial abundances in intertidal sediments of a temperate estuary.

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    Decleyre, Helen; Heylen, Kim; Sabbe, Koen; Tytgat, Bjorn; Deforce, Dieter; Van Nieuwerburgh, Filip; Van Colen, Carl; Willems, Anne

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    Surface sediments are important systems for the removal of anthropogenically derived inorganic nitrogen in estuaries. They are often characterized by the presence of a microphytobenthos (MPB) biofilm, which can impact bacterial communities in underlying sediments for example by secretion of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and competition for nutrients (including nitrogen). Pyrosequencing and qPCR was performed on two intertidal surface sediments of the Westerschelde estuary characterized by a two-fold difference in MPB biomass but no difference in MPB composition. Doubling of MPB biomass was accompanied by a disproportionately (ten-fold) increase in total bacterial abundances while, unexpectedly, no difference in general community structure was observed, despite significantly lower bacterial richness and distinct community membership, mostly for non-abundant taxa. Denitrifier abundances corresponded likewise while community structure, both for nirS and nirK denitrifiers, remained unchanged, suggesting that competition with diatoms for nitrate is negligible at concentrations in the investigated sediments (appr. 1 mg/l NO3-). This study indicates that MPB biomass increase has a general, significantly positive effect on total bacterial and denitrifier abundances, with stimulation or inhibition of specific bacterial groups that however do not result in a re-structured community. PMID:25961719

  16. Progress in enrichment processes

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    Enrichment has been a subject of research and development ever since the beginning of the nuclear industry. Concurrently with the emergence and expansion of the two pioneering technologies, gaseous diffusion and centrifugation, other approaches have been initiated and explored in a number of countries: chemical exchange, the atomic laser, the molecular laser, separation by nozzles, and other aerodynamic processes. Although some were initially promising, most of these approaches had to be abandoned when it was found that they were not industrially viable. It is clear that only three processes still have a future: gaseous diffusion and the atomic laser - the technologies we have chosen to develop - and ultracentrifugation. We accordingly judged it important, in anticipation of the profound changes that will be affecting the energy market in the next two decades, to take stock of this choice and give you an idea of our thinking about the evolution of our production resources. (author)

  17. Enrichment of boron 10

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    A isotopic separation pilot plant with five ion exchange columns interconnected in series were designed and built in the IEN. The columns are charged with a strong anionic resin in its alkaline form. The boric acid solution is introduced in the separation columns until it reaches a absorbing zone length which is sufficient to obtain the desired boron-10 isotopic concentration. The boric acid absorbing zone movement is provided by the injection of a diluted hydrochloric acid solution, which replace the boric acid throughout the columns. The absorbing zone equilibrium length is proportional to its total length. The enriched boron-10 and the depleted boron are located in the final boundary and in the initial position of the absorbing zones, respectively. (author)

  18. Enrichment plants. A survey of major new uranium enriching projects

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    The work enrichment situation is reported. The development of enrichment in the U.S. and in Europe is outlined. A brief description is given of the technology of separation by diffusion and by centrifugation and the advantages and disadvantages of the two processes are compared. Finally the supply and demand situation is briefly considered. (U.K.)

  19. Nitrogen Removal by a Fungal Aerobic Denitrifier of Penicillium Strain

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    Chaocheng Zhao; Weisi Li

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    A kind of aerobic Penicillium that can remove ammonia, nitrite and nitrate was isolated through an improved bromothymol blue (BTB) selective culture medium method in this experiment and then the nitrogen removal by the strain was detailedly investigated. The results showed that this strain was able to make use of many kinds of organic carbon compounds as sole carbon source for the removal of the three types of inorganic nitrogen compounds but the way of removal was different. Ammonia was assi...

  20. Enrichment of live foods.

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    Watanabe, T.

    1989-01-01

    Live foods such rotifers and Artemia are still indispensable for mass propagation of larval fish. At present, more than 20 fish and crustacean species are mass produced in Japanese governmental fish farming centres and private hatcheries. Fry are either released into the coastal areas or used for commercial cultivation. This culture technology is rapidly developing with new species being introduced each year and larval rearing is increasingly identified as the number one constraint. Artemia i...

  1. First enriched uranium from Tricastin

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    Production of enriched uranium at the new Eurodif gaseous diffusion plant at Tricastin, France, is discussed. Full capacity of 10.8 million swu/yr will be reached at the end of 1981, amounting to 30% of the world enrichment capacity. (UK)

  2. Uranium enrichment and weapon proliferation

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    The internationalization of the commercial enrichment industry under a unified authority is recommended. This would guarantee fuel supplies to all countries at fair prices, could arrange for equitable compensation of states with existing enrichment capabilities, and could enforce non-proliferation measures. (U.K.)

  3. A laboratory investigation of interactions between denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation (DAMO) and anammox processes in anoxic environments

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    Hu, Shihu; Zeng, Raymond J.; Haroon, Mohamed F.; Keller, Jurg; Lant, Paul A.; Tyson, Gene W.; Yuan, Zhiguo

    2015-03-01

    This study investigates interactions between recently identified denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation (DAMO) and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) processes in controlled anoxic laboratory reactors. Two reactors were seeded with the same inocula containing DAMO organisms Candidatus Methanoperedens nitroreducens and Candidatus Methylomirabilis oxyfera, and anammox organism Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis. Both were fed with ammonium and methane, but one was also fed with nitrate and the other with nitrite, providing anoxic environments with different electron acceptors. After steady state reached in several months, the DAMO process became solely/primarily responsible for nitrate reduction while the anammox process became solely responsible for nitrite reduction in both reactors. 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing showed that the nitrate-driven DAMO organism M. nitroreducens dominated both the nitrate-fed (~70%) and the nitrite-fed (~26%) reactors, while the nitrite-driven DAMO organism M. oxyfera disappeared in both communities. The elimination of M. oxyfera from both reactors was likely the results of this organism being outcompeted by anammox bacteria for nitrite. K. stuttgartiensis was detected at relatively low levels (1-3%) in both reactors.

  4. Enrichment and terminal differentiation of striated muscle progenitors in vitro

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    Enrichment and terminal differentiation of mammalian striated muscle cells is severely hampered by fibroblast overgrowth, de-differentiation and/or lack of functional differentiation. Herein we report a new, reproducible and simple method to enrich and terminally differentiate muscle stem cells and progenitors from mice and humans. We show that a single gamma irradiation of muscle cells induces their massive differentiation into structurally and functionally intact myotubes and cardiomyocytes and that these cells can be kept in culture for many weeks. Similar results are also obtained when treating skeletal muscle-derived stem cells and progenitors with Mitomycin C.

  5. Enrichment and terminal differentiation of striated muscle progenitors in vitro

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    Becher, Ulrich M.; Breitbach, Martin; Sasse, Philipp [Institute of Physiology I, Life and Brain Center, University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany); Garbe, Stephan [Department of Radiology, University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany); Ven, Peter F.M. van der [Institute for Cell Biology, University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany); Fuerst, Dieter O., E-mail: dfuerst@uni-bonn.de [Institute for Cell Biology, University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany); Fleischmann, Bernd K., E-mail: bernd.fleischmann@uni-bonn.de [Institute of Physiology I, Life and Brain Center, University of Bonn, Bonn (Germany)

    2009-10-01

    Enrichment and terminal differentiation of mammalian striated muscle cells is severely hampered by fibroblast overgrowth, de-differentiation and/or lack of functional differentiation. Herein we report a new, reproducible and simple method to enrich and terminally differentiate muscle stem cells and progenitors from mice and humans. We show that a single gamma irradiation of muscle cells induces their massive differentiation into structurally and functionally intact myotubes and cardiomyocytes and that these cells can be kept in culture for many weeks. Similar results are also obtained when treating skeletal muscle-derived stem cells and progenitors with Mitomycin C.

  6. Analysis of enrichment factor of uranium enrichment by Redox chromatography

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    Experiments and computer simulation show that the uranium enrichment factor in redox chromatography is determined substantially be electron exchange, isotope adsorption-desorption, and oxidation state adsorption-desorption equilibria. Computer simulation utilizing the theoretical model closely predicts the difference between the value of an enrichment factor derived from the solution equilibrium and that observed in the chromatographic isotope separation, which is attributable to a biased distribution of uranium ions between the solid and liquid phases and a nonequilibrium state in the separation column, thus allowing elucidation of the separation mechanism. A theoretical description of the central role of this enrichment factor in determining plant size and economics is presented

  7. 76 FR 387 - Atomic Safety and Licensing Board; AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility)

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    2011-01-04

    ...Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility) December 17, 2010...December 2008 Application by AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC, (AES) seeking...operation of a gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility--denoted as the...

  8. Energetic optimization of algal lipid production in bubble columns: Part II: Evaluation of CO2 enrichment

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    This study evaluated growth and lipid productivity of Nannochloropsis salina under sparging with carbon dioxide-enriched air. Carbon dioxide enrichments ranging from 0.5 to 9.5% and gas-to-culture volume ratios ranging from 0.02 to 1.0 min?1 were tested in 900 mL bubble column batch reactors. An energy-based approach is proposed to optimize CO2 enrichment. Cultures sparged with CO2-enrichments of 0.5–4% grew at nearly double the rate of those sparged with ambient air, accumulating 64% or more lipids. Based on energy efficiency, CO2-enrichment of 0.5% was found to be optimal while CO2-enrichments of 6.5% and greater were observed to cause inhibition. At this optimal CO2-enrichment of 0.5%, no significant changes were noted in the lipid content over the range of gas-to-culture volume ratios tested. These studies indicated that optimal energy recovery from N. salina can be achieved with CO2-enrichment of 0.5% sparged at a gas-to-culture volume ratio 0.18 min?1. Under this optimal condition, biomass growth rate was 0.161 g L?1 d?1, and the lipid content was 67.8%, yielding total lipid production of 0.771 g L?1 over 10 days at a net energy yield of 25 W m?3. -- Highlights: ? Evaluated algal productivity under sparging with CO2-enriched air. ? Proposed net energy to optimize algal productivity. ? Optimized CO2-enrichment and gas flow to maximize net energy. ? Net energy of 25 W/m3 found under optimal conditions.

  9. 31 CFR 540.316 - Uranium enrichment.

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    ...2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Uranium enrichment. 540.316 Section 540.316 Money...REGULATIONS General Definitions § 540.316 Uranium enrichment. The term uranium enrichment means the process of increasing the...

  10. Uranium enrichment by solvent extraction

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    The present reports presents the current development program of the French chemical process CHEMEX and describes its latest achievements. The process is based on an isotopic effect between UIII and UIV. The elementary effect reaches separation factor of 1.025. Enriched and depleted fractions are separated by solvent extraction. Enrichment requires the cascading of several thousands of separation stages. Industrial and commercial features of the CHEMEX Plants and economics of the process are indicated. Present achievements and future perspectives of the CHEMEX Project are reviewed. In spite of the depressed state of enrichment need advantages of the process are an excellent economy at small scale, use of conventional techniques and operation flexibility

  11. High enrichment to low enrichment core's conversion. Technical securities

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    This work presents the fulfillment of the technical securities subscribed by INVAP S.E. for the conversion of a high enriched uranium core. The reactor (of 5 thermal Mw), built in the 50's and 60's, is of the 'swimming pool' type, with light water and fuel elements of the curve plates MTR type, enriched at 93.15 %. These are neutronic and thermohydraulic securities. (Author)

  12. High enrichment to low enrichment core's conversion. Accidents analysis

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    This work analyzes the different accidents that may occur in the reactor's facility after the 20% high-enriched uranium core's conversion. The reactor (of 5 thermal Mw), built in the 50's and 60's, is of the 'swimming pool' type, with light water and fuel elements of the curve plates MTR type, enriched at 93.15 %. This analysis includes: a) accidents by reactivity insertion; b) accidents by coolant loss; c) analysis by flow loss and d) fission products release. (Author)

  13. Isotopomeric characterization of nitrous oxide produced by reaction of enzymes extracted from nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria

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    Yamazaki, T.; Hozuki, T.; Arai, K.; Toyoda, S.; Koba, K.; Fujiwara, T.; Yoshida, N.

    2014-05-01

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a potent greenhouse gas and produced in denitrification and nitrification by various microorganisms. Site preference (SP) of 15N in N2O, which is defined as the difference in the natural abundance of isotopomers 14N15NO and 15N14NO relative to 14N14NO, has been reported to be a useful tool to quantitatively distinguish N2O production pathways. To determine representative SP values for each microbial process, we firstly measured SP of N2O produced in the enzyme reaction of hydroxylamine oxidoreductase (HAO) purified from two species of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB), Nitrosomonas europaea and Nitrosococcus oceani, and that of nitric oxide reductase (NOR) from Paracoccus denitrificans. The SP value for NOR reaction (-5.9 ± 2.1‰) showed nearly the same value as that reported for N2O produced by P. denitrificans in pure culture. In contrast, SP value for HAO reaction (36.3 ± 2.3‰) was a little higher than the values reported for N2O produced by AOB in aerobic pure culture. Using the SP values obtained by HAO and NOR reactions, we calculated relative contribution of the nitrite (NO2-) reduction (which is followed by NO reduction) to N2O production by N. oceani incubated under different O2 availability. Our calculations revealed that previous in vivo studies might have underestimated the SP value for the NH2OH oxidation pathway possibly due to a small contribution of NO2- reduction pathway. Further evaluation of isotopomer signatures of N2O using common enzymes of other processes related to N2O would improve the isotopomer analysis of N2O in various environments.

  14. Hydrogen-enriched fuels

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    Roser, R. [NRG Technologies, Inc., Reno, NV (United States)

    1998-08-01

    NRG Technologies, Inc. is attempting to develop hardware and infrastructure that will allow mixtures of hydrogen and conventional fuels to become viable alternatives to conventional fuels alone. This commercialization can be successful if the authors are able to achieve exhaust emission levels of less than 0.03 g/kw-hr NOx and CO; and 0.15 g/kw-hr NMHC at full engine power without the use of exhaust catalysts. The major barriers to achieving these goals are that the lean burn regimes required to meet exhaust emissions goals reduce engine output substantially and tend to exhibit higher-than-normal total hydrocarbon emissions. Also, hydrogen addition to conventional fuels increases fuel cost, and reduces both vehicle range and engine output power. Maintaining low emissions during transient driving cycles has not been demonstrated. A three year test plan has been developed to perform the investigations into the issues described above. During this initial year of funding research has progressed in the following areas: (a) a cost effective single-cylinder research platform was constructed; (b) exhaust gas speciation was performed to characterize the nature of hydrocarbon emissions from hydrogen-enriched natural gas fuels; (c) three H{sub 2}/CH{sub 4} fuel compositions were analyzed using spark timing and equivalence ratio sweeping procedures and finally; (d) a full size pick-up truck platform was converted to run on HCNG fuels. The testing performed in year one of the three year plan represents a baseline from which to assess options for overcoming the stated barriers to success.

  15. Phylogenetic and functional diversity within toluene-degrading, sulphate-reducing consortia enriched from a contaminated aquifer.

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    Kuppardt, Anke; Kleinsteuber, Sabine; Vogt, Carsten; Lüders, Tillmann; Harms, Hauke; Chatzinotas, Antonis

    2014-08-01

    Three toluene-degrading microbial consortia were enriched under sulphate-reducing conditions from different zones of a benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) plume of two connected contaminated aquifers. Two cultures were obtained from a weakly contaminated zone of the lower aquifer, while one culture originated from the highly contaminated upper aquifer. We hypothesised that the different habitat characteristics are reflected by distinct degrader populations. Degradation of toluene with concomitant production of sulphide was demonstrated in laboratory microcosms and the enrichment cultures were phylogenetically characterised. The benzylsuccinate synthase alpha-subunit (bssA) marker gene, encoding the enzyme initiating anaerobic toluene degradation, was targeted to characterise the catabolic diversity within the enrichment cultures. It was shown that the hydrogeochemical parameters in the different zones of the plume determined the microbial composition of the enrichment cultures. Both enrichment cultures from the weakly contaminated zone were of a very similar composition, dominated by Deltaproteobacteria with the Desulfobulbaceae (a Desulfopila-related phylotype) as key players. Two different bssA sequence types were found, which were both affiliated to genes from sulphate-reducing Deltaproteobacteria. In contrast, the enrichment culture from the highly contaminated zone was dominated by Clostridia with a Desulfosporosinus-related phylotype as presumed key player. A distinct bssA sequence type with high similarity to other recently detected sequences from clostridial toluene degraders was dominant in this culture. This work contributes to our understanding of the niche partitioning between degrader populations in distinct compartments of BTEX-contaminated aquifers. PMID:24623528

  16. Laboratory and field studies on BTEX biodegradation in a fuel-contaminated aquifer under denitrifying conditions. Book chapter, May 88-Dec 92

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    Leaking underground storage tanks are a major source of groundwater contamination by petroleum hydrocarbons. Of the approximately 1.4 million underground tanks storing gasoline in the United States, some petroleum experts estimate that 75,000 to 100,000 are leaking (Feliciano 1984). Gasoline and other fuels contain benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (collectively known as BTEX), which are hazardous compounds regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA 1977). Laboratory studies were conducted in conjunction with a field demonstration project on nitrate-mediated biorestoration of a fuel-contaminated aquifer at a U.S. Coast Guard facility in Traverse City, MI. Microcosms were prepared under either aerobic or strictly anaerobic, denitrifying conditions using core samples aseptically obtained from the aquifer. The microcosms were spiked with aromatic hydrocarbons (BTEX) and incubated as 12 C. Virtually all of the aromatic hydrocarbons, including benzene, were degraded to below detection limits within seven days under aerobic conditions, although o-xylene was somewhat more recalcitrant. Under denitrifying conditions, toluene, ethylbenzene, m-xylene, and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene were also degraded to below detection limits, although this occurred between two to three weeks. o-Xylene was only slowly degraded and benzene was recalcitrant under denitrifying conditions. In the field demonstration project, an infiltration gallery was used to recirculate wateation gallery was used to recirculate water at a rate sufficient to create a water table mound encompassing the contaminated interval. After hydraulic equilbrium was achieved nitrate and nutrients were added to the recharge water. Benzene removal occurred before nitrate addition; mass balances indicated that sufficient oxygen was recirculated to account for complete biodegradation aerobically

  17. Abundance of narG, nirS, nirK, and nosZ Genes of Denitrifying Bacteria during Primary Successions of a Glacier Foreland

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    Kandeler, Ellen; Deiglmayr, Kathrin; Tscherko, Dagmar; Bru, David; Philippot, Laurent

    2006-01-01

    Quantitative PCR of denitrification genes encoding the nitrate, nitrite, and nitrous oxide reductases was used to study denitrifiers across a glacier foreland. Environmental samples collected at different distances from a receding glacier contained amounts of 16S rRNA target molecules ranging from 4.9 × 105 to 8.9 × 105 copies per nanogram of DNA but smaller amounts of narG, nirK, and nosZ target molecules. Thus, numbers of narG, nirK, nirS, and nosZ copies per nanogram of DNA ranged from 2.1 × 103 to 2.6 × 104, 7.4 × 102 to 1.4 × 103, 2.5 × 102 to 6.4 × 103, and 1.2 × 103 to 5.5 × 103, respectively. The densities of 16S rRNA genes per gram of soil increased with progressing soil development. The densities as well as relative abundances of different denitrification genes provide evidence that different denitrifier communities develop under primary succession: higher percentages of narG and nirS versus 16S rRNA genes were observed in the early stage of primary succession, while the percentages of nirK and nosZ genes showed no significant increase or decrease with soil age. Statistical analyses revealed that the amount of organic substances was the most important factor in the abundance of eubacteria as well as of nirK and nosZ communities, and copy numbers of these two genes were the most important drivers changing the denitrifying community along the chronosequence. This study yields an initial insight into the ecology of bacteria carrying genes for the denitrification pathway in a newly developing alpine environment. PMID:16957216

  18. Centar's gas centrifuge enrichment project

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    Plans for the building and operating of Centar Associates gas centrifuge uranium enrichment plant are described. Operating costs and machine manufacture are considered. Commitments with the utilities are summarised. (U.K.)

  19. The enrichment industry reaches maturity

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    As the nuclear power industry enters the 1980s, uranium enrichment supply can no longer be considered one of the critical problem areas of the nuclear fuel cycle. It has become an industrial and commercial activity which has reached a high degree of maturity. Three main aspects of this maturity are discussed: 1. the availability of enrichment services from several facilities with very diverse ownership; 2. the involvement of private industry, especially in Europe, and the application of normal commercial rules to enrichment contracts; 3. the ability of the enrichment industry to cope with recent setbacks in the advancement of nuclear power programmes whilst carrying out an active research and development programme that will help to ensure its future technical and economic viability. (U.K.)

  20. Carbon availability and the distribution of denitrifying organisms influence N2O production in the hyporheic zone

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    Farrell, T. B.; Quick, A. M.; Reeder, W. J.; Tonina, D.; Benner, S. G.; Feris, K. P.

    2013-12-01

    It has been estimated that 10% of greenhouse gas N2O emissions take place within river networks, with the majority of these processes occurring in the hyporheic zone (HZ). These emissions are the result of microbially-mediated nitrogen transformations (i.e. nitrification and denitrification) and yet the role of microbial distribution and function in this complex system is not well understood. We hypothesized that the concentration and availability of organic carbon influences the production of redox gradients, DIN (via mineralization, nitrification, and loss of DIN via denitrification), and ultimately N2O production in the HZ by controlling the distribution and activity of denitrifying microbial communities. Further, we hypothesized that by linking the distribution of denitrifying microbial communities and their associated functional genes (i.e. the relative abundance of N2O vs. N2 producing genetic elements) to flow dynamics and biogeochemical processes, we can begin to better understand what controls N2O production in hyporheic networks. To address these hypotheses we performed a series of column experiments designed to determine the influence of carbon concentration on redox gradient development and N2O flux along a one-dimensional flow path. Intact sediment cores were amended with 0.01%, 0.05%, 0.15%, and 0.5% dry mass riparian vegetation (>90% Populus sp.) to serve as an endogenous particulate organic matter (POM) source. During quasi-steady state conditions dissolved oxygen (DO), NH4+, NO3-, and N2O levels were measured. As predicted, a positive relationship between the level of POM amendment and development of a gradient of oxic and anoxic conditions was observed. There was negligible N2O production within columns inoculated with 0.01% and 0.05% DOC likely because these POC treatments were too low to create anoxic conditions necessary to stimulate denitrification. Maximum N2O flux was observed with the 0.15% POC treatment. Both oxic and anoxic conditions were present in this treatment; conditions suitable for both nitrification and denitrification. However, N2O production was only observed where DO was below detection indicating denitrification as the source of N2O rather than nitrification. Minimal N2O flux was observed in the 0.5% POC treatment. This column was mostly anoxic, likely not supporting nitrification, and thereby limiting denitrification potential. During denitrification, expression of nitrous oxide reductase can enzymatically mediate the reduction of N2O to N2 and is encoded for by the nosZ gene. On-going work includes quantifying the distribution of the nosZ gene within each treatment to determine if the relative abundance of this genetic element correlates with N2O production or if production is primarily controlled by carbon availability and redox conditions.

  1. Enrichment techniques employed in phosphoproteomics

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    Fi?la, Jan; Honys, David

    2011-01-01

    Rapid changes of protein phosphorylation play a crucial role in the regulation of many cellular processes. Being post-translationally modified, phosphoproteins are often present in quite low abundance and tend to co-exist with their unphosphorylated isoform within the cell. To make their identification more practicable, the use of enrichment protocols is often required. The enrichment strategies can be performed either at the level of phosphoproteins or at the level of phosphopeptides. Both a...

  2. Special compressors for uranium enrichment

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    Sulzer-Escher Wyss has been working for more than ten years on the development of special turbocompressors for uranium enrichment to yield reactor fuels. The nuclear agreement between Brazil and the Federal Republic of Germany provides for the enrichment of natural uranium by the separation nozzle process. The development work was accomplished in collaboration with the Nuclear Process Engineering Institute, Karlsruhe (Federal Republic of Germany), the STEAG energy concern as industrial architects and Nuclebras together with its affiliated companies (Brazil). (Auth.)

  3. Uranium enrichment by displacement chromatography

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    Natural Uranium contains 0.72% of fissile isotope 235U. Need for 235U enriched uranium for light water moderated reactors and other uses are well known. Uranium enrichment is a highly complex and tedious process owing to extremely small separation factor. Several processes have been tried; however, gaseous diffusion and centrifugation techniques based on mass dependent isotope effect are being exploited for producing enriched uranium. In the recent past, Isotope fractionation based on mass independent isotope effect such as LASER technique, ion exchange displacement chromatography etc. have drawn the attention of separation scientist and efforts are being made for development and industrial deployment of these technologies. Indian Nuclear Power Programme is based on use of natural uranium (PHWRs) and slightly enriched uranium (BWRs, PWRs) with emphasis on use of vast resources of thorium. Spent fuel from PHWRs, which is depleted in 235U (0.2 to 0.3%), appears to be a promising source of slightly enriched uranium (1 to 3% 235U). Harnessing this source for 235U enrichment would augment fuel supply for PHWR and light water reactors. Ion exchange displacement chromatography is a proliferation resistant novel technique for 235U enrichment. It is based on nuclear field shift - an isotope shift in orbital electrons resulting from the isotopic difference in nuclear size and shape. Due to this effect lighter isotope (235U) exhibits a stronger tendency for a higher valence i.e. UO22+ as compared to heavier isotope (238U). Preliminary laboratory study is being carried out at HWP, Manuguru for exploring feasibility of using ion exchange displacement chromatography for enriching 235U using 4-vinyl pyridine based anion exchange resin

  4. Tritium enrichment by gas chromatography

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    Hydrogen gas was used in the enrichment. Molecular sieve 4A was found to be the most suitable adsorbent. The chosen adsorption temperature is approximately 630K. The column is cooled down and filled with helium to operating pressure (approximately 150 mm Hg). The system should be capable to give 100-fold enrichment, starting from some 100 litres of hydrogen (5 to 10 moles) within 3 hours and a tritium recovery near unity

  5. Effect of land use on the density of nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria in the Colombian Coffee Region

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    Vallejo Quintero Victoria Eugenia

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    Soil microbial communities involved in the cycling of nitrogen (N are essential to maintaining and improving soil fertility, productivity and functionality of natural and agricultural ecosystems. However, some compounds generated during the metabolic processes performed by nitrifying (NB and denitrifying (DB bacteria are associated with the production of greenhouse gases, groundwater pollution and acidification. Therefore, the study of these bacteria is essential for economic and environmental sustainability. This study evaluated the effect of different land uses in two river basins (La Vieja and Otun on NB and DB densities. Two sampling events (SE were conducted by selecting the most representative land uses. Physicochemical (T °, pH, moisture and nitrate and microbiological properties (NB and DB densities were evaluated. In both SEs, significantly higher densities of NB and DB were observed in the land uses: pasture, guadua (DB only and unshaded coffee (La Vieja and onion (Otun. These land uses, excluding guadua, are dependent on nitrogen fertilizers, which together with the activities of grazing livestock on pastures may lead to greater availability of substrates for the NB. The use of agricultural machinery and overgrazing in pasture and onion uses generate compacted soil and other physical disturbances, encouraging the growth of DB. Forests had the lowest densities of NB and DB possibly due to a reduced availability of N and the releasing of allelopathic compounds from certain plants. Finally, the densities of ammonium-oxidizing bacteria had the greatest differences between the land uses evaluated, demonstrating its high sensitivity to agricultural management practices and livestock. We suggest that changes in the abundance of this community could serve as a relevant and cost-effective bioindicator for soil monitoring.

  6. Do freshwater macrophytes influence the community structure of ammonia-oxidizing and denitrifying bacteria in the rhizospere?

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    Herrmann, Martina; Schramm, Andreas

    2006-01-01

    DO FRESHWATER MACROPHYTES INFLUENCE THE COMMUNITY STRUCTURE OF AMMONIA-OXIDIZING AND DENITRIFYING BACTERIA IN THE RHIZOSPHERE? M. Herrmann, A. Schramm Department of Biological Sciences, Microbiology, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark Aquatic macrophytes such as Littorella uniflora and Lobelia dortmanna have been shown to release oxygen from their roots and to stimulate nitrification and coupled nitrification-denitrification in the rhizosphere. Together with the excretion of root exudates, this effect leads to strongly modified microenvironments at the root surface and in the rhizosphere compared to unvegetated sediment, especially with respect to the availability of oxygen, organic carbon, and inorganic nitrogen. We hypothesize that macrophyte species create specific niches for ammonia oxidizing and nitrate-reducing bacteria in their rhizosphere, leading to plant-dependant differences in abundance, activity and composition of these microbial communities between root surface (rhizoplane), rhizosphere and unvegetated sediment. Comparative investigations are carried out focussing on the macrophyte species Littorella uniflora, Juncus bulbosus and Myriophyllum spicatum. Microsensor measurements confirmed the photosynthesis-dependant, species-specific release of oxygen into the rhizosphere; batch incubations indicated a higher nitrification potential in the rhizosphere of Littorella uniflora compared to unvegetated sediment, and will be complemented with the determination of rates of coupled nitrification-denitrification using the 15N isotope pairing technique. Ammonia-oxidizing and nitrate-reducing populations are analyzed based on the ammonia monooxygenase gene (amoA) and the nitrate reductase gene (narG) as functional markers. Preliminary data indicate that there in fact exist differences in the community composition of ammonia oxidizing bacteria between the root surface, the rhizosphere and unvegetated sediment and between plant species, however, differences in the community composition among sampling sites also suggest a strong impact of the chemical properties of the sediment.

  7. Spectroscopic characterization of mononitrosyl complexes in heme-nonheme diiron centers within the myoglobin scaffold (FeBMbs): relevance to denitrifying NO reductase†

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    Hayashi, Takahiro; Miner, Kyle D.; Yeung, Natasha; Lin, Ying-wu; Lu, Yi; Moe?nne-loccoz, Pierre

    2011-01-01

    Denitrifying NO reductases are evolutionarily related to the superfamily of heme-copper terminal oxidases. These transmembrane protein complexes utilize a heme-nonheme diiron center to reduce two NO molecules to N2O. To understand this reaction, the diiron site has been modeled using sperm whale myoglobin as a scaffold and mutating distal residues Leu-29 and Phe-43 to histidines, and Val-68 to a glutamic acid to create a nonheme FeB site. The impact of incorporation of metal ions at this engi...

  8. Biotransformation of 2,4,6,8,10,12-Hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-Hexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) by Denitrifying Pseudomonas sp. Strain FA1

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    Bhushan, Bharat; Paquet, Louise; Spain, Jim C.; Hawari, Jalal

    2003-01-01

    The microbial and enzymatic degradation of a new energetic compound, 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20), is not well understood. Fundamental knowledge about the mechanism of microbial degradation of CL-20 is essential to allow the prediction of its fate in the environment. In the present study, a CL-20-degrading denitrifying strain capable of utilizing CL-20 as the sole nitrogen source, Pseudomonas sp. strain FA1, was isolated from a garden soil. Studies with i...

  9. Presence of Two Different Active nirS Nitrite Reductase Genes in a Denitrifying Thauera sp. from a High-Nitrate-Removal-Rate Reactor

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    Etchebehere, Claudia; Tiedje, James

    2005-01-01

    The nirS nitrite reductase genes were studied in two strains (strains 27 and 28) isolated from two denitrifying reactors and characterized as Thauera according to their 16S rRNA gene sequences. Strain 28 contains a single nirS sequence, which is related to the nirS of Thauera mechernichensis, and strain 27 contains two nirS sequences; one is similar to the nirS sequence from Thauera mechernichensis (gene 2), but the second one (gene 8) is from a separate clade with nirS from Pseudomonas stutz...

  10. 75 FR 11612 - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: The U.S./Pakistan...

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    ...should also include cultural enrichment activities...the fellowship experience. Such activities...Educational and Cultural Affairs places...organization has experience as a designated...American political, social, and cultural life....

  11. 75 FR 18005 - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Request for Grant Proposals: The U.S...

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    ...should also include cultural enrichment activities...integral part of the experience. Such activities...Educational and Cultural Affairs places...organization has experience as a designated...American political, social, and cultural life....

  12. Comparison of enrichment measurement techniques for gas centrifuge enrichment plants

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    A comparison of enrichment techniques has been carried out using a small bank of gas centrifuge enrichment units to simulate conditions in a commercial plant. The detectors compared included an in-line version of the gas phase enrichment monitor and a prototype Go-NoGo monitor. In these comparisons it was found that the gas phase enrichment monitor had an ultimate precision of about 0.5% for all measurements of enrichment between natural and 20%. The Go-NoGo instrument developed in the present programme was based on previous studies, and took advantage of the experience gained in other support programmes. Two different methods of correcting for wall deposits were investigated. On the basis of these studies a versatile Go-NoGo instrument has been designed for usage on pipes varying in diameter from 30 to 120 mm. Further development of this instrument will be carried out using a UF6 test loop facility which is currently under construction. (author)

  13. Advances in uranium enrichment processes

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    Advances in gas centrifuges and development of the atomic vapour laser isotope separation process promise substantial reductions in the cost of enriched uranium. The resulting reduction in LWR fuel costs could seriously erode the economic advantage of CANDU, and in combination with LWR design improvement, shortened construction times and increased operational reliability could allow the LWR to overtake CANDU. CANDU's traditional advantages of neutron economy and high reliability may no longer be sufficient - this is the challenge. The responses include: combining neutron economy and dollar economy by optimizing CANDU for slightly enriched uranium fuel; developing cost-reducing improvements in design, manufacture and construction; and reducing the cost of heavy water. Technology is a renewable resource which must be continually applied to a product for it to remain competitive in the decades to come. Such innovation is a prerequisite to Canada increasing her share of the international market for nuclear power stations. The higher burn-up achievable with enriched fuel in CANDU can reduce the fuel cycle costs by 20 to 40 percent for a likely range of costs for yellowcake and separative work. Alternatively, some of the benefits of a higher fissile content can take the form of a cheaper reactor core containing fewer fuel channels and less heavy water, and needing only a single fuelling machine. An opportunity that is linked to this need to introduce an enriched uranium fue need to introduce an enriched uranium fuel cycle into CANDU is to build an enrichment business in Canada. This could offer greater value added to our uranium exports, security of supply for enriched CANDUs, technological growth in Canada and new employment opportunities. AECL has a study in progress to define this opportunity

  14. Community Structure Evolution and Enrichment of Glycogen-Accumulating Organisms Producing Polyhydroxyalkanoates from Fermented Molasses?

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    Pisco, Ana R.; Bengtsson, Simon; Werker, Alan; Reis, Maria A. M.; Lemos, Paulo C.

    2009-01-01

    An open mixed culture was enriched with glycogen-accumulating organisms (GAOs) by using a sequencing batch reactor and treating an agroindustrial waste (sugar cane molasses) under cyclic anaerobic-aerobic conditions. Over a 1-year operating period, the culture exhibited a very stable GAO phenotype with an average polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) content of 17% total suspended solids. However, the GAO microbial community evolved over the course of operation to a culture exhibiting unusual characteri...

  15. Uranium enrichment. Technology, economics, capacity

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    Large-scale enrichment of uranium has now been carried out for 40 years. While the gaseous diffusion process was the original choice of several countries and continues today to provide the major component of the world production of separative work, the last two decades have witnessed the development of a number of alternative processes for enrichment. These processes, which are being studied and deployed around the world, offer a wide range of technical and economic characteristics which will be useful in assuring adequate capacity to meet projected reactor fuel market needs through the rest of this century at competitive prices. With present uncertainties in future enriched uranium needs, it is apparent that flexibility in the deployment and operation of any enrichment process will be one of the prime considerations for the future. More economical production of separative work not only can have a beneficial impact on reactor fuel costs, but also tends to conserve natural uranium resources. This paper reviews the world scene in the enrichment component of the fuel cycle, including existing or planned commercial-scale facilities and announced R+D efforts on various processes. (author)

  16. Uranium enrichment: technology, economics, capacity

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    Large-scale enrichment of uranium has now been carried out for 40 years. While the gaseous diffusion process was the original choice of several countries and continues today to provide the major component of the world production of separative work, the last two decades have witnessed the development of a number of alternative processes for enrichment. These processes, which are being studied and deployed around the world, offer a wide range of technical and economic characteristics which will be useful in assuring adequate capacity to meet projected reactor fuel market needs through the rest of this century at competitive prices. With present uncertainties in future enriched uranium needs, it is apparent that flexibility in the deployment and operation of any enrichment process will be one of the prime considerations for the future. More economical production of separative work not only can have a beneficial impact on reactor fuel costs, but also tends to conserve natural uranium resources. This paper reviews the world scene in the enrichment component of the fuel cycle, including existing or planned commercial-scale facilities and announced R and D efforts on various processes

  17. Why is Brazil enriching uranium?

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    In Brazil construction began in 1971 on Angra 1, a 626 MW Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR). It was completed in 1984. Later, Angra 2 (a Kraftwerk Union PWR) achieved commercial operation in 2000. Brazil is considering the construction of seven nuclear power plants over the next 15 years. In preparation for this nuclear industry expansion, Brazil is building a uranium enrichment facility to provide nuclear fuel for Angra 1 and 2 starting in 2010 at Resende in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and collated with nuclear fuel fabrication facilities. This paper investigates whether the Resende Enrichment Facility will be able to provide uranium enrichment services at a cost lower than the international market price. We find that while Brazil is unlikely to be internationally competitive in the enrichment market, the Resende Enrichment Facility completes the front end of Brazil's nuclear fuel cycle. This assures uninterrupted nuclear fuel to its currently operating light water reactors, while providing the option of expanding capacity, lowering cost, and competing in the international nuclear fuel market after 2020

  18. Diversity of bacterial community and detection of nirS- and nirK-encoding denitrifying bacteria in sandy intertidal sediments along Laizhou Bay of Bohai Sea, China.

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    Wang, Liping; Zheng, Binghui; Nan, Bingxu; Hu, Peilong

    2014-11-15

    The microbial community and the nirS- and nirK-encoding denitrifiers in the intertidal sediments along Laizhou Bay in China were studied using pyrosequencing and real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR), respectively. There were three primary intertidal zones: Laizhou (La), Weifang Harbor (We), and Dongying (Do). Significant differences in composition and abundances at the different taxonomic levels were observed among the three bacterial communities. The qPCR results indicated that the nirS gene abundance varied from 8.67 × 10(5) to 5.68 × 10(6)copies/gwet weight (ww), whereas the nirK gene abundance varied from 1.26 × 10(5) to 1.89 × 10(6)copies/gww. The canonical correlation analysis (CCA) indicated that the sand percentage was the most important factor in shaping the bacterial community followed by silt percentage, NO2(-), TOC, DO, pH, and clay percentage, whereas the clay percentage, pH, NO3(-), DO, NO2(-), TOC, silt percentage, and sand percentage were the most important factors associated with regulating the abundance of nirS- and nirK-encoding denitrifiers. PMID:25256298

  19. Enrichment services. US utility concerns

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    Zodiaco, V.P.

    1978-03-06

    The US government must direct and lead a joint government industry effort to: (1) provide enrichment capacity designed to operate at the lowest technically and economically feasible tails assay, sized to provide 100% of domestic demand assuming the must optimistic long term nuclear power growth; (2) provide reasonable contract quantity and schedule flexibility to maximize efficient utilization of enriched uranium; (3) assure the necessary industrial and management infrastructure to provide a diversified privately financed enrichment industry based on all available technologies; (4) establish the level of commercial pricing at a time when conditions better approximate those anticipated in commercial industry; and (5) on a not-to-interfere basis, target to supply at 35% to 50% of the non-US world SWU demand at prices determined by the import replacement energy value.

  20. Uranium enrichment methods - industrial aspects

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    A summary is given of the United States production programme for uranium enrichment. It is forecast that domestic requirements will call for about 7 plants of 9 million separative work units capacity each, for the period through the year 2000. For the same period worldwide needs are forecast as equivalent to about 20 enrichment plants of the same capacity. In the United States the main effort in commercial application of uranium enrichment has been concentrated on the gaseous diffusion and gas centrifuge methods. The development and demonstration work in the centrifuge process is outlined. Conceptual engineering studies with architect-engineering firms and with operating contractors for both types of process are described. (U.K.)

  1. Advances in uranium enrichment processes

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    Advances in gas centrifuges and development of the atomic vapour laser isotope separation process promise substantial reductions in the cost of enriched uranium. The resulting reduction in LWR fuel costs could seriously erode the economic advantage of CANDU, and in combination with LWR design improvements, shortened construction times and increased operational reliability could allow the LWR to overtake CANDU. CANDU's traditional advantages of neutron economy and high reliability may no longer be sufficient - this is the challenge. The responses include: combining neutron economy and dollar economy by optimizing CANDU for slightly enriched uranium fuel; developing cost-reducing improvements in design, manufacture and construction; and reducing the cost of heavy water. Technology is a renewable resource which must be continually applied to a product for it to remain competitive in the decades to come. Such innovation is a prerequisite to Canada increasing her share of the international market for nuclear power stations. The higher burn-up achievable with enriched fuel in CANDU can reduce the fuel cycle costs by 20 to 40 percent for a likely range of costs for yellowcake and separative work. Alternatively, some of the benefits of a higher fissile content can take the form of a cheaper reactor core containing fewer fuel channels and less heavy water, and needing only a single fuelling machine. An opportunity that is linked to this need to introduce an enriched uranium fuel cycle into CANDU is to build an enrichment business in Canada. This could offer greater value added to our uranium exports, security of supply for enriched CANDUs, technological growth in Canada and new employment opportunities. AECL has a study in progress to define this opportunity

  2. Identification of the function of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in denitrifying phosphorus removal sludge in the presence of copper ion.

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    Wang, Yayi; Qin, Jian; Zhou, Shuai; Lin, Ximao; Ye, Liu; Song, Chengkang; Yan, Yuan

    2015-04-15

    Industrial wastewater containing heavy metals that enters municipal wastewater treatment plants inevitably has a toxic impact on biological treatment processes. In this study, the impact of Cu(II) (0, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 mg/L) on the performance of denitrifying phosphorus removal (DPR) and microbial community structures was investigated. Particularly, the dynamic change in the amount and composition of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and the role of EPS in P removal, were assessed using three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix fluorescence spectroscopy combined with parallel factor (PARAFAC) analysis. The results showed that, after long-term adjustment, the P removal efficiency was maintained at 95 ± 2.7% at Cu(II) addition up to 2.5 mg/L, but deteriorated when the Cu(II) addition was 3 mg/L. The EPS content, including proteins and humic substances, increased with increasing Cu(II) additions at concentrations ?2.5 mg/L. This property of EPS was beneficial for protecting phosphate-accumulating organisms (PAOs) against heavy metals, as both proteins and humic substances are strong ligands for Cu(II). Therefore, the PAOs abundance was still relatively high (67 ± 3%) when Cu(II) accumulation in sludge was up to 10 mg/g SS. PARAFAC confirmed that aromatic proteins could be transformed into soluble microbial byproduct-like material when microorganisms were subjected to Cu(II) stress, owing to their strong metal ion complexing capacity. The increase in the percentage of humic-like substances enhanced the detoxification function of the sludge EPS. EPS accounted for approximately 26-47% of P removed by adsorption when Cu(II) additions were between 0 and 2.5 mg/L. The EPS function, including binding toxic heavy metals and P storage, enhanced the operating stability of DPR systems. This study provides us with a better understanding of (1) the tolerance of DPR sludge to copper toxicity and (2) the function of sludge EPS in the presence of heavy metals in biological P removal systems. PMID:25697691

  3. Relationship between N2O Fluxes from an Almond Soil and Denitrifying Bacterial Populations Estimated by Quantitative PCR

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    Matiasek, M.; Suddick, E. C.; Smart, D. R.; Scow, K. M.

    2008-12-01

    Cultivated soils emit substantial quantities of nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas with almost 300 times the radiative forcing potential of CO2. Agriculture-related activities generate from 6 to 35 Tg N2O-N per year, or about 60 to 70% of global production. The microbial processes of nitrification, denitrification and nitrifier denitrification are major biogenic sources of N2O to the atmosphere from soils. Denitrification is considered the major source of N2O especially when soils are wet. The microbial N transformations that produce N2O depend primarily on nitrogen (N) fertilizer, with water content, available carbon and soil temperature being secondary controllers. Despite the fact that microbial processes are responsible for N2O emissions, very little is known about the numbers or types of populations involved. The objective of this study was to relate changes in denitrifying population densities, using quantitative PCR (qPCR) of functional genes, to N2O emissions in a fertilized almond orchard. Quantitative PCR targeted three specific genes involved in denitrification: nirS, nirK and nosZ. Copy numbers of the genes were related back to population densities and the portion of organisms likely to produce nitrous oxide. The study site, a 21.7 acre almond orchard fitted with micro-sprinklers, was fertigated (irrigated and fertilized simultaneously) with 50 lbs/acre sodium nitrate in late March 2008, then irrigated weekly. Immediately after the initial fertigation, fluxes of N2O and CO2, moisture content, inorganic N and denitrification gene copy numbers were measured 6 times over 24 days. Despite the fact that N2O emissions increased following fertigation, there was no consistent increase in any of the targeted genes. The genes nirK and nirS ranged from 0.4-1.4 × 107 and 0.4-1.4 × 108, whereas nosZ ranged from 2-8 × 106 copy numbers per g soil, respectively. Considerable variation, compounded by the small sample sizes used for DNA analysis, made it difficult to discern trends over time. High spatial variability was also observed with one of the field replicates have a substantially higher flux of N2O. This replicate also had the highest water filled pore space (WFPS) and water content, factors that likely favored denitrification. Water saturation of soil air space, optimal at >60% for denitrification to occur, was relatively low in the other field replicates. Thus, the low N2O flux measurements and gene copy numbers agreed in supporting the hypothesis denitrification was relatively low under the environmental conditions of these particular almond soils.

  4. Nitrogen removal and spatial distribution of denitrifier and anammox communities in a bioreactor for mine drainage treatment.

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    Herbert, Roger B; Winbjörk, Harry; Hellman, Maria; Hallin, Sara

    2014-12-01

    Mine drainage water may contain high levels of nitrate (NO3(-)) due to undetonated nitrogen-based explosives. The removal of NO3(-) and nitrite (NO2(-)) in cold climates through the microbial process of denitrification was evaluated using a pilot-scale fixed-bed bioreactor (27 m(3)). Surface water was diverted into the above-ground bioreactor filled with sawdust, crushed rock, and sewage sludge. At hydraulic residence times of ca.15 h and with the addition of acetate, NO3(-) and NO2(-) were removed to below detection levels at a NO3(-) removal rate of 5-10 g N m(-3) (bioreactor material) d(-1). The functional groups contributing to nitrogen removal in the bioreactor were studied by quantifying nirS and nirK present in denitrifying bacteria, nosZI and nosZII genes from the nitrous oxide - reducing community, and a taxa-specific part of the16S rRNA gene for the anammox community. The abundances of nirS and nirK were almost 2 orders of magnitude greater than the anammox specific 16S rRNA gene, indicating that denitrification was the main process involved in nitrogen removal. The spatial distribution of the quantified genes was heterogeneous in the bioreactor, with trends observed in gene abundance as a function of depth, distance from the bioreactor inlet, and along specific flowpaths. There was a significant relationship between the abundance of nirS, nirK, and nosZI genes and depth in the bioreactor, such that the abundance of organisms containing these genes may be controlled by oxygen diffusion and substrate supply in the partially or completely water-saturated material. Among the investigated microbial functional groups, nirS and anammox bacterial 16S rRNA genes exhibited a systematic trend of decreasing and increasing abundance, respectively, with distance from the inlet, which suggested that the functional groups respond differently to changing environmental conditions. The greater abundance of nirK along central flowpaths may indicate that the bioreactor design favored preferential flow along these flowpaths, away from the sides of the bioreactor. An improved bioreactor design should consider the role of preferential flowpaths and the heterogeneous distribution of the genetic potential for denitrification, nitrous oxide reduction and anammox on bioreactor function. PMID:25233117

  5. Uranium enrichment. 1980 annual report

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    This report contains data and related information on the production of enriched uranium at the gaseous diffusion plants and an update on the construction and project control center for the gas centrifuge plant. Power usage at the gaseous diffusion plants is illustrated. The report contains several glossy color pictures of the plants and processes described. In addition to gaseous diffusion and the centrifuge process, three advanced isotope separation process are now being developed. The business operation of the enrichment plants is described; charts on revenue, balance sheets, and income statements are included

  6. Uranium enriched granites in Sweden

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    Granites with uranium contents higher than normal occur in a variety of geological settings in the Swedish Precambrian, and represent a variety of granite types and ages. They may have been generated by (1) the anatexis of continental crust (2) processes occurring at a much greater depth. They commonly show enrichement in F, Sn, W and/or Mo. Only in one case is an important uranium mineralization thought to be directly related to a uranium-enriched granite, while the majority of epigenetic uranium mineralizations with economic potential are related to hydrothermal processes in areas where the bedrock is regionally uranium-enhanced. (Authors)

  7. Urine Culture

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    ... C and S Formal name: Culture, Urine Related tests: Urinalysis ; Blood Culture ; Susceptibility Testing ; Bacterial Wound Culture ; Gram ... A urine culture may be ordered with a urinalysis or as follow up to abnormal results on ...

  8. Sequential enrichment of microbial population exhibiting enhanced biodegradation of crude oil

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    The distribution of oil-degrading bacteria in the coastal waters and sediments of Hokkaido, Japan, was surveyed. It was found that the potential of mixed microbial populations to degrade weathered crude oil was not confined to any ecological components (water or sediment) nor to the sampling stations. One microbial culture that was stable during repeated subculturing degraded 45% of the saturates and 20% of the aromatics present in crude oil in 10 days during the initial screening. The residual hydrocarbons in this culture were extracted by chloroform and dispersed in a fresh seawater-based medium and subsequently inoculated with microorganisms from the first culture. After full growth of the second culture, the residual hydrocarbons were extracted and dispersed in a fresh medium in which microorganisms from the second culture had been inoculated. This sequential process was carried out six times to enrich those microorganisms that grew on the recalcitrant components of crude oil. After repeated exposure of the residual crude oil to the enriched microorganisms, about 80% of the initially added crude oil was degraded. The cultures obtained after each enrichment cycle were kept, and the degradation of fresh crude oil by the enriched microorganisms was monitored. The degrading activity of the enriched cultures increased as the number of enrichment cycles increased. A microbial population that had been selected six times on the residual crude oil could degrade 70% of the sidual crude oil could degrade 70% of the saturates and 30% of the aromatics of crude oil, indicating that growth of a microbial population on residual crude oil improved its ability to biodegrade crude oil. 21 refs., 2 tabs., 7 figs

  9. The role of work-family enrichment in work-life balance & career success

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    Shah, Shalaka Sharad

    2014-01-01

    Weltweit wird Work-life Balance immer wichtiger, sowohl für Arbeitgeber als auch für Arbeitnehmer. Je klarer unser Verständnis für das Thema und die Einflussfaktoren wird; desto besser kann eine effektive und symbiotische Integration dieser dynamischen Lebensbereiche gelingen. Work-family enrichment ist bisher ein wenig erforschter positiven Ansatz zur Integration von Arbeit und Familie. Work-life Balance, Work-family enrichment, Work-family culture und beruflicher Erfolg werden auf interkult...

  10. Mixing Intensity Effects of Attached Growth on Enriched Anammox Cultures

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox is a promising new technology for the treatment of wastewater with high ammonium and low carbon concentrations. Earlier work suggests that optimal processing would be realized within a sequencing batch reactor (SBR. However, the relatively slow growth of anammox bacteria inhibits the rates of nitrogen removal and biomass yielding. Improved anammox performance has been demonstrated when the bacteria are in granular form or attached to a growth medium. Little has been reported concerning the effect of mixing rate on nitrogen (N removal with attached anammox bacteria. This work subjected anammox bacteria attached to polystyrene sponge in SBR to various intensities of impeller mixing and studied the effect on NH4+ and NO2- removal. Nitrogen processing was virtually the same with velocity gradient values between 13.5 and 222 s-1. More vigorous mixing at 407 and 666 s-1 values significantly inhibited N removal, likely due to detachment of bacteria from the growth medium. Following the poor N removal at the two higher mixing intensities, agitation was reduced to 24.8 s-1 velocity gradient value. Recovery of N removal rates required 2-3 weeks, the slow time attributed to slow reattachment to the growth medium. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE analysis identified the prominent anammox species in the experimental study as Candidatus Brocadia anammoxidans and Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis.

  11. Enrichment and characterization of sulfate reducing, naphthalene degrading microorganisms

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    Steffen, Kümmel; Florian-Alexander, Herbst; Márcia, Duarte; Dietmar, Pieper; Jana, Seifert; Bergen Martin, von; Hans-Hermann, Richnow; Carsten, Vogt

    2014-05-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) are pollutants of great concern due to their potential toxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity. PAH are widely distributed in the environment by accidental discharges during the transport, use and disposal of petroleum products, and during forest and grass fires. Caused by their hydrophobic nature, PAH basically accumulate in sediments from where they are slowly released into the groundwater. Although generally limited by the low water solubility of PAH, microbial degradation is one of the major mechanisms leading to the complete clean-up of PAH-contaminated sites. Whereas organisms and biochemical pathways responsible for the aerobic breakdown of PAH are well known, anaerobic PAH biodegradation is less understood; only a few anaerobic PAH degrading cultures have been described. We studied the anaerobic PAH degradation in a microcosm approach to enrich anaerobic PAH degraders. Anoxic groundwater and sediment samples were used as inoculum. Groundwater samples were purchased from the erstwhile gas works facility and a former wood impregnation site. In contrast, sources of sediment samples were a former coal refining area and an old fuel depot. Samples were incubated in anoxic mineral salt medium with naphthalene as sole carbon source and sulfate as terminal electron acceptor. Grown cultures were characterized by feeding with 13C-labeled naphthalene, 16S rRNA gene sequencing using an Illumina® approach, and functional proteome analyses. Finally, six enrichment cultures able to degrade naphthalene under anoxic conditions were established. First results point to a dominance of identified sequences affiliated to the freshwater sulfate-reducing strain N47, which is a known anaerobic naphthalene degrader, in four out of the six enrichments. In those enrichments, peptides related to the pathway of anoxic naphthalene degradation in N47 were abundant. Overall the data underlines the importance of Desulfobacteria for natural attenuation of environmental contaminants. Understanding of diversity and physiology of anaerobic PAH degradation will contribute to remediation efforts of low-oxygen environments such as aquifers or river sediments.

  12. Enrichment plant management and safeguards

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    The next increment of enrichment at Portsmouth will be gas centrifuge. The safeguards program at Portsmouth is discussed, including the DYMCAS system, the computerization, and the detectors. Control of the material access areas is discussed. The licensee material surveillance and verification program is also described

  13. Enriched Fell Bundles and Spaceoids

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    Bertozzini, Paolo; Conti, Roberto; Lewkeeratiyutkul, Wicharn

    2011-01-01

    We propose a definition of involutive categorical bundle (Fell bundle) enriched in an involutive monoidal category and we argue that such a structure is a possible suitable environment for the formalization of different equivalent versions of spectral data for commutative C*-categories.

  14. Environmental Development Plan: uranium enrichment

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    This Environmental Development Plan identifies and examines the environmental, health, safety, and socioeconomic concerns and corresponding requirements associated with the DOE research, development, demonstration, and operation of the Uranium Enrichment program, including the gaseous diffusion process, the centrifuge process, centrifuge rotor fabrication, and related research and development activities

  15. Anaerobic degradation of benzene by enriched consortia with humic acids as terminal electron acceptors

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    Highlights: ? Enriched consortia were able to couple the anaerobic degradation of benzene to the reduction of humic acids. ? Electron-equivalents derived from anaerobic benzene oxidation were highly recovered as reduced humic acids. ? Several species from classes ?-, ?- and ?-Proteobacteria were enriched during the anaerobic degradation of benzene. - Abstract: The anaerobic degradation of benzene coupled to the reduction of humic acids (HA) was demonstrated in two enriched consortia. Both inocula were able to oxidize benzene under strict anaerobic conditions when the humic model compound, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS), was supplied as terminal electron acceptor. An enrichment culture originated from a contaminated soil was also able to oxidize benzene linked to the reduction of highly purified soil humic acids (HPSHA). In HPSHA-amended cultures, 9.3 ?M of benzene were degraded, which corresponds to 279 ± 27 micro-electron equivalents (?Eq) L-1, linked to the reduction of 619 ± 81 ?Eq L-1 of HPSHA. Neither anaerobic benzene oxidation nor reduction of HPSHA occurred in sterilized controls. Anaerobic benzene oxidation did not occur in soil incubations lacking HPSHA. Furthermore, negligible reduction of HPSHA occurred in the absence of benzene. The enrichment culture derived from this soil was dominated by two ?-Proteobacteria phylotypes. A benzene-degrading AQDS-reducing enrichment originated from a sediment sample showed the pediment sample showed the prevalence of different species from classes ?-, ?- and ?-Proteobacteria. The present study provides clear quantitative demonstration of anaerobic degradation of benzene coupled to the reduction of HA.

  16. Nitrite survival and nitrous oxide production of denitrifying phosphorus removal sludges in long-term nitrite/nitrate-fed sequencing batch reactors.

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    Wang, Yayi; Zhou, Shuai; Ye, Liu; Wang, Hong; Stephenson, Tom; Jiang, Xuxin

    2014-12-15

    Nitrite-based phosphorus (P) removal could be useful for innovative biological P removal systems where energy and carbon savings are a priority. However, using nitrite for denitrification may cause nitrous oxide (N2O) accumulation and emissions. A denitrifying nitrite-fed P removal system [Formula: see text] was successfully set up in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) and was run for 210 days. The maximum pulse addition of nitrite to [Formula: see text] was 11 mg NO2(-)-N/L in the bulk, and a total of 34 mg NO2(-)-N/L of nitrite was added over three additions. Fluorescent in situ hybridization results indicated that the P-accumulating organisms (PAOs) abundance was 75 ± 1.1% in [Formula: see text] , approximately 13.6% higher than that in a parallel P removal SBR using nitrate [Formula: see text] . Type II Accumulibacter (PAOII) (unable to use nitrate as an electron acceptor) was the main PAOs species in [Formula: see text] , contributing 72% to total PAOs. Compared with [Formula: see text] , [Formula: see text] biomass had enhanced nitrite/free nitrous acid (FNA) endurance, as demonstrated by its higher nitrite denitrification and P uptake rates. N2O accumulated temporarily in [Formula: see text] after each pulse of nitrite. Peak N2O concentrations in the bulk for [Formula: see text] were generally 6-11 times higher than that in [Formula: see text] ; these accumulations were rapidly denitrified to nitrogen gases. N2O concentration increased rapidly in nitrate-cultivated biomass when 5 or 10 mg NO2(-)-N/L per pulse was added. Whereas, N2O accumulation did not occur in nitrite-cultivated biomass until up to 30 mg NO2(-)-N/L per pulse was added. Long-term acclimation to nitrite and pulse addition of nitrite in [Formula: see text] reduced the risk of nitrite accumulation, and mitigated N2O accumulation and emissions from denitrifying P removal by nitrite. PMID:25261626

  17. Microscale effects on denitrification: does the ability of denitrifying bacteria to reduce N2O depend on their position in the soil matrix?

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    Dörsch, Peter; Nadeem, Shahid; Almås, Åsgeir; Bakken, Lars R.

    2013-04-01

    Soil is a heterogeneous matrix with a variety of microhabitats which probably select for organisms with distinct functional traits. The composition and functioning of soil denitrifier communities (DC) has been studied intensely over the last decades, primarily because of their role in the emission of N2O from soil. The tacit assumption in such studies is that the soil microbial community is one "thing". In the present study, we challenge the concept of DC as a homogenous entity and suggest a stratification of denitrifier function based on the position within the soil matrix. We hypothesize that soil contains "inner" and "outer" habitats; the inner consisting of sites within crevices and cavities of the soil mineral material, structured organic materials and strong biofilms, the outer consisting of exposed surfaces and macropores within the soil matrix. We further believe that sequential dispersion/extraction by density gradient centrifugation (DGC) can be used to crudely separate the organisms residing in the two habitat types. We operationally define loosely attached cells (LAC) as those which are liberated from soil particles by moderate dispersion of soils. LAC were separated from the soil by DGC, and the pellets at the bottom of the gradients containing bacteria still attached to or embedded in soil material were then subjected to a stronger dispersion to release the more strongly attached cells (SAC) which were again separated from the soil by DGC. We hypothesized that SAC are cells situated deeper in biofilms or other protective structures within the soil matrix than LAC. We further hypothesized that the two habitats select for different characteristics regarding the regulation of denitrification. In short, SAC were expected to express N2O-reductase earlier than LAC, because SAC experience anoxia and lack of NOx more frequently than LAC. First results from incubations with LAC and SAC from different soils lend strong support to this hypothesis; in response to oxygen depletion, both denitrifying communities expressed similar apparent growth rates, both produced a mixture of NO, N2O and N2, but the relative amount of N2O produced was much higher for LAC than SAC. This reemphasizes the significance of soil structure, habitable pore space, predation and bacteria-mineral interactions as regulating factors for N2O emission in mineral soils and has implications for the understanding of selection pressures for sustained N2O-reductase activity in soil.

  18. Trace elements affect methanogenic activity and diversity in enrichments from subsurface coal bed produced water

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    KlausNüsslein

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Microbial methane from coal beds accounts for a significant and growing percentage of natural gas worldwide. Our knowledge of physical and geochemical factors regulating methanogenesis is still in its infancy. We hypothesized that in these closed systems, trace elements (as micronutrients are a limiting factor for methanogenic growth and activity. Trace elements are essential components of enzymes or cofactors of metabolic pathways associated with methanogenesis. This study examined the effects of eight trace elements (iron, nickel, cobalt, molybdenum, zinc, manganese, boron, and copper on methane production, on mcrA transcript levels, and on methanogenic community structure in enrichment cultures obtained from coal bed methane well produced water samples from the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Methane production was shown to be limited both by a lack of additional trace elements as well as by the addition of an overly concentrated trace element mixture. Addition of trace elements at concentrations optimized for standard media enhanced methane production by 37%. After seven days of incubation, the levels of mcrA transcripts in enrichment cultures with trace element amendment were much higher than in cultures without amendment. Transcript levels of mcrA correlated positively with elevated rates of methane production in supplemented enrichments (R2=0.95. Metabolically-active methanogens, identified by clone sequences of mcrA mRNA retrieved from enrichment cultures, were closely related to Methanobacterium subterraneum and Methanobacterium formicicum. Enrichment cultures were dominated by M. subterraneum and had slightly higher predicted methanogenic richness, but less diversity than enrichment cultures without amendments. These results suggest that varying concentrations of trace elements in produced water from different subsurface coal wells may cause changing levels of coal bed methane production and alter the composition of the active methanogenic community.

  19. Uranium enrichment (a strategy analysis overview)

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    An analysis of available information on enrichment technology, separative work supply and demand, and SWU cost is presented. Estimates of present and future enrichment costs are provided for use in strategy analyses of alternate nuclear fuel cycles and systems. (auth)

  20. Using metagenomic analyses to estimate the consequences of enrichment bias for pathogen detection

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    Pettengill James B

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Enriching environmental samples to increase the probability of detection has been standard practice throughout the history of microbiology. However, by its very nature, the process of enrichment creates a biased sample that may have unintended consequences for surveillance or resolving a pathogenic outbreak. With the advent of next-generation sequencing and metagenomic approaches, the possibility now exists to quantify enrichment bias at an unprecedented taxonomic breadth. Findings We investigated differences in taxonomic profiles of three enriched and unenriched tomato phyllosphere samples taken from three different tomato fields (n?=?18. 16S rRNA gene meteganomes were created for each of the 18 samples using 454/Roche’s pyrosequencing platform, resulting in a total of 165,259 sequences. Significantly different taxonomic profiles and abundances at a number of taxonomic levels were observed between the two treatments. Although as many as 28 putative Salmonella sequences were detected in enriched samples, there was no significant difference in the abundance of Salmonella between enriched and unenriched treatments. Conclusions Our results illustrate that the process of enriching greatly alters the taxonomic profile of an environmental sample beyond that of the target organism. We also found evidence suggesting that enrichment may not increase the probability of detecting a target. In conclusion, our results further emphasize the need to develop metagenomics as a validated culture independent method for pathogen detection.

  1. The prospect of enriched boron products

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    A mass production technique for producing enriched boron was developed jointly by Kobe Steel and Stella Chemifa Co. in the 1990s. Enriched boron commercial production started in 2001 and since then, as a result of boron market research, several new enriched boron materials such as boron aluminum, boron acid, and boron carbide have been added to our production schedule. The demand for enriched boron is expected to increase rapidly if the material can be steadily supplied at a reasonable price. (author)

  2. Lycee Cultures.

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    Boyer, Regine; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Analyzes a recent French national survey about the cultural behavior of lycee students. Points out the internal diversity of the lycee population in cultural practices. Argues that an adolescent culture exists; identifies an upper secondary school culture; and defines its relationship with mass, classical, or class cultures. (NL)

  3. Enrichment demand boosts SWU prices

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    The enrichment market is picking up significantly on very brisk demand. US utilities, which normally purchase material nine months to a year ahead of time, are already hitting the market to fill their 1996 requirements. In June, two non-US utilities, one European entity and a US utility bought SWUs, the entity in an off-market deal. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Three other US utilities entered the market during the month. Meanwhile, we count 13 more utilities getting ready to hit the market for more than 4 million SWUs. Why the surge in demand? Utilities, uncertain of the role to be played by the new US Enrichment Corp. and seeking to take advantage of low interest rates, are implementing buy and hold strategies. As a result, the upper end of NUKEM's SWU price range inched up to $78. The lower end dipped to $67 based on the European deal

  4. Uranium enrichment plans and policies

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    Significant progress has been made in US efforts to expand its enrichment capacity. The Cascade Improvement Program (CIP) and Cascade Upgrading Program (CUP) are now complete at Oak Ridge and Paducah and almost complete at Portsmouth. Considerable progress has also been made in constructing the Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant (GCEP), and physical construction of the first process building is well under way. Current plans are to have two process buildings on-line by 1989 with the remaining six buildings to be added sequentially as needed to meet demand. The status of DOE enrichment services contracts is essentially unchanged from that reported at last year's seminar. The OUEA latest forecast of nuclear power growth, however, is considerably lower than reported last year, although a leveling trend is becoming apparent. The Variable Tails Assay Option (VTAO) of the AFC contract was made available for the third time for FY 1983. The DOE inventories of natural uranium still remain high. The Department of Energy will dispose of this material by using it for Government programs and for enrichment plant operations. It appears that Government inventories of uranium are adequate through at least the mid-1990s. It remains DOE policy not to dispose of its natural uranium stocks through direct sales in the marketplace, except for very small quantities or if an emergency situation would exist and all reasonable attempts had been made, without success, to obtain natural uranium fromut success, to obtain natural uranium from commercial sources. Finally, with regard to DOE plans on future transaction tails assays, it still appears likely that the current 0.20 percent uranium-235 reference tails assay will be maintained until well into the 1990s, at which time it might be increased up to 0.25 percent uranium-235

  5. Boron Enrichment in Martian Clay

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    Stephenson, James D.; Hallis, Lydia J.; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Freeland, Stephen J.

    2013-01-01

    We have detected a concentration of boron in martian clay far in excess of that in any previously reported extra-terrestrial object. This enrichment indicates that the chemistry necessary for the formation of ribose, a key component of RNA, could have existed on Mars since the formation of early clay deposits, contemporary to the emergence of life on Earth. Given the greater similarity of Earth and Mars early in their geological history, and the extensive disruption of Earth's earliest minera...

  6. CNA Laboratory Enrichment By Virtualization

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    Adodo, Segun

    2011-01-01

    This study is related to networking and the aim is to enrich the laboratory work aspect of the networking study module as implemented by the school’s information technology department. The existing practice lab structures in the institution’s information technology degree programme rely more on Microsoft windows than other operating systems. As a result, experience in non-window operating systems is low in students. To increase the awareness of the Linux operating system among network...

  7. Enrichment of solid fuels. Proceedings

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    The papers deal with the methods for solid fuels enrichment, spatially coals, biomass and solid wastes, in order to improve their quality, as well as the price and interest of their use. The priority is given to the Macedonian lignite due to its low calorific value, moisture, ash content and bad mechanical characteristics. The holding of this Meeting was initiated by ZEMAK - Association of power engineers of Macedonia. Papers relevant to INIS are indexed separately

  8. Enrichment techniques employed in phosphoproteomics.

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    Fíla, Jan; Honys, David

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 43, ?. 3 (2012), s. 1025-1047. ISSN 0939-4451 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GAP501/11/1462; GA ?R GA522/09/0858; GA ?R GA525/09/0994; GA MŠk OC08011 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50380511 Keywords : Phosphoproteomics * Enrichment * IMAC Subject RIV: ED - Physiology Impact factor: 3.914, year: 2012

  9. Gas-phase UF6 enrichment monitor for enrichment plant safeguards

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    An in-line enrichment monitor is being developed to provide real-time enrichment data for the gas-phase UF6 feed stream of an enrichment plant. The nondestructive gamma-ray assay method can be used to determine the enrichment of natural UF6 with a relative precision of better than 1% for a wide range of pressures

  10. Urine culture

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    Culture and sensitivity - urine ... when urinating. You may also have a urine culture after you have been treated for an infection. ... when bacteria or yeast are found in the culture. This most often means that you have a ...

  11. Blood culture

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    Culture - blood ... comes and goes, so a series of three blood cultures may be done to confirm results. ... rate, confusion, and very low blood pressure. The blood culture helps identify the type of bacteria causing the ...

  12. Safeguards Culture

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    Frazar, Sarah L.; Mladineo, Stephen V.

    2012-07-01

    The concepts of nuclear safety and security culture are well established; however, a common understanding of safeguards culture is not internationally recognized. Supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration, the authors prepared this report, an analysis of the concept of safeguards culture, and gauged its value to the safeguards community. The authors explored distinctions between safeguards culture, safeguards compliance, and safeguards performance, and evaluated synergies and differences between safeguards culture and safety/security culture. The report concludes with suggested next steps.

  13. Organizational Culture

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    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Cultural orientations of an organization can be its greatest strength, providing the basis for problem solving, cooperation, and communication. Culture, however, can also inhibit needed changes. Cultural changes typically happen slowly – but without cultural change, many other organizational changes are doomed to fail. The dominant culture of an organization is a major contributor to its success. But, of course, no organizational culture is purely one type or another. And the existence of secondary cultures can provide the basis for change. Therefore, organizations need to understand the cultural environments and values.

  14. Anammox enrichment from different conventional sludges.

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    Chamchoi, Nutchanat; Nitisoravut, Suwanchai

    2007-02-01

    Three sets of sequencing batch reactor (SBR) were used for Anammox enrichment from conventional sludges including upflow anaerobic sludge blanket, activated sludge, and anaerobic digestion sludge. After four months of operation, the Anammox activity occurred in all reactors allowing continuous removal of ammonium and nitrite. The morphology of the cultivated Anammox sludge was observed using scanning electron microscope. The photographs showed that the obtained culture was mostly spherical in shape, presumably Anammox culture. There were also filamentous-like bacteria co-existing in the system. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis using 16S rRNA targeting oligonucleotide probes PLA46 and Amx820 showed that the dominant population developed in all SBRs was hybridized with both PLA46 and Amx820 gene probes. It means that the cultivated biomass in all SBRs was classified in the group of Planctomycetales bacteria with respect to the anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing bacteria, Candidatus Brocadia anammoxidans and Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis. Numerous time sequences were tested in this experiment. The shortest workable reaction time was found in the range from 5 to 7 h. Good quiescence of sludge was obtained at 30 min of settle period followed by a discharge period of 15 min. A long-term performance showed a near perfect removal of nitrite based on the influent NO2(-)-N concentration of 50-70 mg l(-1). The maximum ammonia removal efficiency was 80% with the influent NH4(+)-N concentration of 40-60 mg l(-1). It is, therefore, concluded that Anammox cultivation from conventional sludges was highly possible under control environment within four months. PMID:17207839

  15. Environmental enrichment for primates in laboratories

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    Buchanan-Smith, H. M.

    2010-06-01

    Environmental enrichment is a critical component of Refinement, one of the 3Rs underlying humane experimentation on animals. In this paper I discuss why primates housed in laboratories, which often have constraints of space and study protocols, are a special case for enrichment. I outline a framework for categorising the different types of enrichment, using the marmoset as a case study, and summarise the methods used to determine what animals want/prefer. I briefly review the arguments that enrichment does not negatively affect experimental outcomes. Finally I focus on complexity and novelty, choice and control, the underlying features of enrichment that makes it successful, and how combined with a thorough understanding of natural history we can put effective enrichment into practice in laboratories. Throughout the paper I emphasise the need to evaluate enrichment to ensure it is having the desired effect.

  16. 21 CFR 139.165 - Enriched vegetable noodle products.

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    2010-04-01

    ...Because they are apt to impart an egg-yolk color, carrots are not used in enriched...noodle product”, “Enriched ___ egg noodle product”, or, alternatively...noodles”, or “Enriched ___ egg noodles”, “Enriched ___ egg...

  17. Decoding cultural landscapes: guiding principles for the management of interpretation in cultural world heritage sites

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    Kamel, Ehab

    2011-01-01

    Conserving the cultural significance of heritage sites - as the guardians of social unity, place identity, and national pride - plays an essential role in maintaining sustainable social development, as well as preserving the variations identifying cultural groups and enriching the interaction between them. Consequently, and considering the importance of the built environment in communicating, as well as documenting, cultural messages, this research project, started in 2007, develops a set of ...

  18. EMIS: Enrichment Management Information System

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    The objective of the effort was the development of a calculational tool which would permit DOE to make realistic projections of the separative work demands of its customers as an aid in planning for the future operation of the enrichment facilities. The calculational methods were to recognize the flexibility in scheduling, etc., available to DOE customers under their enrichment contreacts as well as the ability to pool separative work withdrawn under two or more contracts. It was also to be designed to permit the user to add new customers or delete existing contracts as well as to allow variation of the estimated start-up dates for those reactors currently under construction. The output of the model was to display projections of separative work demand as SWU and in triplet form for several categories of reactors. These included, in addition to the total demand on the enrichment complex, separate totals for domestic and foreign customers, for reactors with Requirements and Adjustable Fixed Commitment contracts and for reactors in operation, under construction and projected new reactors designated by the user. The foundations upon which the system is based are described in this report. This includes a discussion of the available alternatives for customer management of separative work and the assumptions and guidelines established for development of the model. The report also contains a description of the computational procedures used in the model, and a description of t used in the model, and a description of the EMIS system itself, which also serves as a users' manual for the code. Finally, samples demonstrating the use of the system and indicating the form of the input and output are included

  19. Global Nomads and the Search for Cultural Identity: Tips from the Classroom

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    Al-Issa, Ahmad

    2004-01-01

    Understanding one's cultural system leads to greater skills in appreciating other cultures. When students and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds come together, they bring diversity that can either improve or break down the process of learning and teaching. If handled properly, cultural diversity can enrich the classroom; if ignored,…

  20. Boron enrichment in martian clay.

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    Stephenson, James D; Hallis, Lydia J; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Freeland, Stephen J

    2013-01-01

    We have detected a concentration of boron in martian clay far in excess of that in any previously reported extra-terrestrial object. This enrichment indicates that the chemistry necessary for the formation of ribose, a key component of RNA, could have existed on Mars since the formation of early clay deposits, contemporary to the emergence of life on Earth. Given the greater similarity of Earth and Mars early in their geological history, and the extensive disruption of Earth's earliest mineralogy by plate tectonics, we suggest that the conditions for prebiotic ribose synthesis may be better understood by further Mars exploration. PMID:23762242

  1. Reduced enrichment activities in Denmark

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    Full text: This paper will describe briefly on-going activities in Denmark concerning reduction of uranium enrichment in research reactor fuels. The Risoe National Laboratory in Denmark operates the DR-3 a DIDO-type multipurpose reactor with a power level of 10 megawatts. The fuel for this reactor is normally supplied by the Elsinore Shipyard Co., which is a private Danish company. After the information exchanged at the 1978 meeting at Argonne National Laboratory became available, a small group was formed at Risoe to discuss the best course of action that could be taken at the laboratory in connection with reduced enrichment. The conclusion was that Risoe should implement all the activities necessary to support such a reduction to the maximum extent possible. The assumptions on which this group based its considerations, concerning what was technically achievable, were similar to those described in the opening lectures presented today in this conference. It was also assumed that the experimental capability of the reactor should be maintained, and that the economic aspects of the fuel should not be significantly worsened. Safety and licensing issues were also assumed to play an important role. In our opinion, it is essential that accelerated fuel testing in a reactor facility be performed before the fuel is routinely used in a research reactor. On this basis, a program was outlined in support of the reduced enrichment efforts. After some scoping calculations it was concluded that a reduction to 45 percent enrichment would not significantly affect the reactor performance. The Risoe group is not sure that the same conclusion can be reached about the 20 percent enrichment, because use of this enrichment might violate some of the assumptions that have been mentioned earlier. However, it is planned to follow the international developments and to be prepared as much as possible for all possible eventualities. The technical program to develop 45 percent enriched fuel at Elsinore was implemented on the basis of the technology which has been used in the past for the 93 percent enriched fuel. There are several reasons for this decision. Elsinore has only limited resources. In addition, it is already operating a fabrication line with a low level of uranium content in the produced fuel; thus, there is a good possibility that the same process can be used at a much higher level of uranium content. In line with these considerations, a program was initiated in which the alloy was extended from below 20 weight percent uranium in aluminum up to 40 weight percent uranium in aluminum. The new alloy was produced using the same procedure as the previous alloys. No special difficulties were encountered in doing so. Elsinore should be able to fabricate 45 percent enriched fuel for the DR-3 reactor according to this procedure. This will require an alloy composition of about 38 or 40 weight percent uranium in aluminum. After completion of the first series and analysis of the results, it was decided to select a composition very close to that which had been used in the first series and to go through the entire process with that composition, even though it was not optimized. This was done without difficulties. All intermediate and final products of the process (plates, tubes, etc.) were produced with characteristics very close to those expected in normal production. To confirm the general applicability of this result, a more detailed program has recently been started. The purpose of this program is to control the production of melted or cast alloy in a way that makes the grain size and intermetallic forms directly predictable. Some of the first results that have been obtained in these activities will now be discussed. A deliberate effort has been made to achieve a grain size distribution concentrated at the low end of the allowable diameter range. When metallographs of the produced 38 weight percent uranium in aluminum alloy are examined, it is possible to compare the grain size distributions obtained without additives with those obtained using two di

  2. Uranium enrichment plant risk analysis

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    A method for risk analysis of enrichment facilities is presented and applied to a small scale ultracentrifuge plant. Internal events are identified and the consequences of accidental releases of U F6 are quantified in terms of its toxicological and radiological impact. It is shown that releases in the feed and the cascade areas offers no hazards to the public . Releases of liquefied U F6 in the withdrawal areas, associated with failures in the building isolation systems, may cause undesirable consequences. (author). 11 refs, 4 figs, 3 tabs

  3. Genetic Diversity through the Looking Glass: Effect of Enrichment Bias

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    Dunbar, J; White, S; Forney, L.

    1997-01-01

    The effect of enrichment bias on the diversity of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (2,4-D)-degrading (2,4-D(sup+)) bacteria recovered from soil was evaluated by comparing the diversity of isolates obtained by direct plating to the diversity of isolates obtained from 85 liquid batch cultures. By the two methods, a total of 159 isolates were purified from 1 g of soil and divided into populations based on repeated extragenic palindromic sequence PCR (rep-PCR) genomic fingerprints. Approximately 42% of...

  4. 76 FR 34103 - In the Matter of Areva Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility); Notice of...

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    2011-06-10

    ...Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility); Notice of Hearing...December 2008 application by AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (AES) seeking...operation of a gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility--denoted as the...

  5. 77 FR 13367 - General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment, LLC, Proposed Laser-Based Uranium Enrichment...

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    2012-03-06

    ...LLC, Proposed Laser-Based Uranium Enrichment Facility, Wilmington, NC...Laser Enrichment, LLC (GLE) Uranium Enrichment Facility. On June 26, 2009...decommissioning of a laser-based uranium enrichment facility (the...

  6. 75 FR 10525 - In the Matter of: AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility) and All Other...

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    2010-03-08

    ...Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility) and All Other Persons...Effective Immediately) I AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (AES), has...it to construct and operate a uranium enrichment facility in Bonneville...

  7. Effect of spermidine in PC12 cells on the cell apoptosis induced by enriched uranium

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    This is a study on injurious effects of cellular spermidine to PC12 cells irradiated by enriched uranium. PC12 cells were cultured in DMEM/F12 medium with enriched uranium, and the exposure doses were calculated. The contents of free spermidine PC12 cells were examined with Dansyl-chloride reaction and thin-layer chromatography. Viability of the cells treated with enriched uranium reduced rapidly and DNA strand break increased significantly with increasing time of the irradiation. Autoradiographic tracks showed that the radionuclide located in the nucleus predominantly. The content of free spermidine in PC12 cells could markedly decrease as the irradiation time increased. The results suggested that PC12 cells exposured to enriched uranium were apoptotic and the free spermidine in cells might play some role in this process

  8. Ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE)-degrading microbial communities in enrichments from polluted environments.

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    Le Digabel, Yoann; Demanèche, Sandrine; Benoit, Yves; Fayolle-Guichard, Françoise; Vogel, Timothy M

    2014-08-30

    The ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) degradation capacity and phylogenetic composition of five aerobic enrichment cultures with ETBE as the sole carbon and energy source were studied. In all cases, ETBE was entirely degraded to biomass and CO2. Clone libraries of the 16S rRNA gene were prepared from each enrichment. The analyses of the DNA sequences obtained showed different taxonomic compositions with a majority of Proteobacteria in three cases. The two other enrichments have different microbiota with an abundance of Acidobacteria in one case, whereas the microbiota in the second was more diverse (majority of Actinobacteria, Chlorobi and Gemmatimonadetes). Actinobacteria were detected in all five enrichments. Several bacterial strains were isolated from the enrichments and five were capable of degrading ETBE and/or tert-butyl alcohol (TBA), a degradation intermediate. The five included three Rhodococcus sp. (IFP 2040, IFP 2041, IFP 2043), one Betaproteobacteria (IFP 2047) belonging to the Rubrivivax/Leptothrix/Ideonella branch, and one Pseudonocardia sp. (IFP 2050). Quantification of these five strains and two other strains, Rhodococcus sp. IFP 2042 and Bradyrhizobium sp. IFP2049, which had been previously isolated from one of the enrichments was carried out on the different enrichments based on quantitative PCR with specific 16S rRNA gene primers and the results were consistent with the hypothesized role of Actinobacteria and Betaproteobacteria in the degradation of ETBE and the possible role of Bradyrhizobium strains in the degradation of TBA. PMID:25108826

  9. Virtual Interaction through Video-Web Communication: A Step towards Enriching and Internationalizing Language Learning Programs

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    Jauregi, Kristi; Banados, Emerita

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes an intercontinental project with the use of interactive tools, both synchronous and asynchronous, which was set up to internationalize academic learning of Spanish language and culture. The objective of this case study was to investigate whether video-web communication tools can contribute to enriching the quality of foreign…

  10. Turkey's regulatory plans for high enriched to low enriched conversion of TR-2 reactor core

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    Turkey is a developing country and has three nuclear facilities two of which are research reactors and one pilot fuel production plant. One of the two research reactors is TR-2 which is located in Cekmece site in Istanbul. TR-2 Reactor's core is composed of both high enriched and low enriched fuel and from high enriched to low enriched core conversion project will take place in year 2005. This paper presents the plans for drafting regulations on the safety analysis report updates for high enriched to low enriched core conversion of TR-2 reactor, the present regulatory structure of Turkey and licensing activities of nuclear facilities. (author)

  11. Enrichment of chromium isotopes by gas centrifugation

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    Szady, A. J.

    1989-10-01

    Recently, chromium isotopes have been enriched using gas centrifuges that were developed by the United States Department of Energy for the purpose of enriching uranium in the fissionable isotope 235U. The process gas employed was chromyl-fluoride. The enrichment was carried out using a single gas centrifuge that was set up to emphasize the enrichment of the light isotope 50Cr, which has a natural abundance of 4.35%. The highest enrichment tested to date is 21.4%. Higher values are possible with additional repasses. The heavy isotope 54Cr can be enriched instead of the 50Cr with an adjustment to the machine flows. Currently, work is under way to refine the cost projections associated with feed production and conversion back to an oxide and to optimize the centrifuge separative performance.

  12. Considering the post-1995 enrichment market

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    World demand for uranium enrichment services is likely to grow only a little over the next decade, from the current 28 million separative work units (SWU) per year to 33 MSWU per year. Much of the growth will come from Asia where nuclear generating capacity is still increasing. The current situation of the primary enrichment companies is summarized. The primary Western suppliers, Cogema, United States Enrichment Corporation and Urenco, are competing for increased market share in the USA, Europe and Asia as utilities purchase their post-1995 requirements. Entry of the Russian enrichment company, Tenex, into Western markets has been limited by trade restrictions. As a consequence of disarmament, blended weapons material has resulted in a surplus of low-enriched uranium. Together with over-capacity amongst the primary enrichers this has led to an expectation that reduced prices will be negotiable in the medium term. (3 figures). (UK)

  13. EURODIF: the uranium enrichment by gaseous diffusion

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    During the seventies the nuclear power programme had an extremely rapid growth rate which entailed to increase the world uranium enrichment capacity. EURODIF is the largest undertaking in this field. This multinational joint venture built and now operates and enrichment plant using the gaseous diffusion process at Tricastin (France). This plant is delivering low enriched uranium since two years and has contracted about 110 million SWU's till 1990. Description, current activity and prospects are given in the paper. (Author)

  14. Cultural commons and cultural evolution

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    Bravo, Giangiacomo

    2010-01-01

    Culture evolves following a process that is akin to biological evolution, although with some significant differences. At the same time culture has often a collective good value for human groups. This paper studies culture in an evolutionary perspective, with a focus on the implications of group definition for the coexistence of different cultures. A model of cultural evolution is presented where agents interacts in an artificial environment. The belonging to a specific memet...

  15. The future cost of uranium enrichment

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    The cost of uranium enrichment is the most important factor determining the fuel cost of nuclear energy. This paper attempts to forecast the future direction of the price of separative work by examining the forces that determine it. It is argued that the interplay among the characteristics of enrichment technologies, the structure of the international market, and the balance of supply and demand determine the enrichment price. The analysis indicates that all forces point towards a price much lower than the current one. It is predicted that, depending on the technological advances, the price of separative work unit for uranium enrichment will range between $40 and $90 by the year 2000. (author)

  16. Evaluación del crecimiento de un cultivo de Daphnia magna alimentado con Saccharomyces cereviseae y un enriquecimiento con avena soya / Growth culture evaluation of Daphnia magna feed with Saccharomyces cereviseae enrichment with oat soy / Avaliação do crescimento de um cultivo de Daphnia magna alimentada con Saccharomyces cereviseae e um meio enrriquecido com aveia soja

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    Lucía E, Ocampo; Mónica C, Botero; Luis F, Restrepo.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do experimento foi avaliar o efeito das gorduras saturadas e insaturadas e seu grau de proteção (protegidas e sem proteção) sob a cinética e a extensão da degradação in vitro da matéria seca (MS) em dietas para ruminantes. Quatro dietas foram formuladas para conter o mesmo nível de energi [...] a (3200 Kcal ED /Kg MS) e proteína (13%PC) a ração total misturada (RTM), de acordo com as necessidades nutricionais de ovelhas em fase de finalização, quatro tipos de gorduras foram feitas com 8% de MS e foram testados tipos de gorduras foram testados: 1) gordura saturada sem proteção (GSSP), 2) gordura saturada protegida (GSP), 3) gordura insaturada sem proteção (GISP) e 4) gordura insaturada protegida (GIP). Para estimar a cinética e a extensão da degradação da MS e cinética da produção de gás, as rações foram avaliadas mediante a técnica in vitro de produção de gás, seguindo os modelos propostos por Orskov e McDonald (1979) y France et al (1993), para isto foi empregado o procedimento PROC NLIN de SAS (2001). Ao mesmo tempo, foi realizado um analise de medidas repetidas no tempo para verificar o efeito dos tratamentos sobre a produção de gás e a degradação da MS no tempo com ajuda do procedimento PROC MIXED do SAS (2001.) Neste experimento verificou-se que a utilização de gorduras insaturadas protegidas não afetou a degradação de MS quando comparadas com as não protegidas. No caso das gorduras saturadas, não houve um claro efeito da proteção sob a degradação e a cinética de fermentação da MS. Abstract in spanish Se realizó el cultivo experimental de cladócero Daphnia magna alimentado con probióticos. Se realizaron 16 ensayos experimentales, en el laboratorio de larvicultura de peces y alimento vivo (Larpeali) de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias de la Universidad de Antioquia, bajo condiciones controladas de [...] temperatura ambiente (21 - 25 °C), temperatura del agua (22 - 23 °C) y pH (7.6). Empleando una dieta de Saccharomyces cereviseae y un medio de enriquecimiento con ácidos grasos (n-6) proveniente de harina avena-soya. Las concentraciones de dieta y enriquecimiento fueron de 25 ppm y 12.5 ppm, en arreglo factorial 2x2 (2 niveles de dieta con levadura y 2 niveles dieta con avena de soya), los cultivos de Daphnia por tratamiento se realizaron con cuatro replicas con el fin de determinar su efecto sobre el desempeño de la población. Se alimentaron cada tercer día, durante 15 días, evaluándose el número de organismos al final del período. Se obtuvieron diferencias altamente significativas (p0.05). Se evidenció que la combinación de estos componentes en sus concentraciones más altas potenció el crecimiento de la Daphnia magna, alcanzando un número de microcrustáceos de 826ª Daphnias/L ± 9.57. Se puede concluir que los cladóceros por sus características de crecimiento en cultivo, presentan adaptación favorable a las condiciones de manejo para la producción de biomasa útil como alimento vivo en acuicultura. Abstract in english Experimental cultivate cladocerans Daphnia magna feed with probiotics was realized. At University of Antioquia, Faculty of Agrarian Science, Larviculture, fish and food live Laboratory (Larpeali), under controlled conditions of environmental temperature between (21 - 25 °C), water temperature (22 - [...] 23°C) and pH (7.6), were performed. One diet of Saccharomyces cereviseae was used and one enriched medium of oat-soy flour (fatty acid, n-6) to concentrations of diet and enriched medium were the same, 25 ppm and 12.5 ppm, 2x2 factorial treatment arrangements (2 levels of Saccharomyces cereviseae and 2 levels of oat-soy flour, diets was fed to four replicates of Daphnia culture per treatment in order to determine their effects on the populations cultivated. A 15-days feeding, each third day, trial were conducted, to assess the organisms at final period. The results showed significant high difference (p0.05). The results showed that the combination of their high concentrations of components enhan

  17. Evaluación del crecimiento de un cultivo de Daphnia magna alimentado con Saccharomyces cereviseae y un enriquecimiento con avena soya Avaliação do crescimento de um cultivo de Daphnia magna alimentada con Saccharomyces cereviseae e um meio enrriquecido com aveia soja Growth culture evaluation of Daphnia magna feed with Saccharomyces cereviseae enrichment with oat soy

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    Lucía E Ocampo

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó el cultivo experimental de cladócero Daphnia magna alimentado con probióticos. Se realizaron 16 ensayos experimentales, en el laboratorio de larvicultura de peces y alimento vivo (Larpeali de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias de la Universidad de Antioquia, bajo condiciones controladas de temperatura ambiente (21 - 25 °C, temperatura del agua (22 - 23 °C y pH (7.6. Empleando una dieta de Saccharomyces cereviseae y un medio de enriquecimiento con ácidos grasos (n-6 proveniente de harina avena-soya. Las concentraciones de dieta y enriquecimiento fueron de 25 ppm y 12.5 ppm, en arreglo factorial 2x2 (2 niveles de dieta con levadura y 2 niveles dieta con avena de soya, los cultivos de Daphnia por tratamiento se realizaron con cuatro replicas con el fin de determinar su efecto sobre el desempeño de la población. Se alimentaron cada tercer día, durante 15 días, evaluándose el número de organismos al final del período. Se obtuvieron diferencias altamente significativas (p0.05. Se evidenció que la combinación de estos componentes en sus concentraciones más altas potenció el crecimiento de la Daphnia magna, alcanzando un número de microcrustáceos de 826ª Daphnias/L ± 9.57. Se puede concluir que los cladóceros por sus características de crecimiento en cultivo, presentan adaptación favorable a las condiciones de manejo para la producción de biomasa útil como alimento vivo en acuicultura.O objetivo do experimento foi avaliar o efeito das gorduras saturadas e insaturadas e seu grau de proteção (protegidas e sem proteção sob a cinética e a extensão da degradação in vitro da matéria seca (MS em dietas para ruminantes. Quatro dietas foram formuladas para conter o mesmo nível de energia (3200 Kcal ED /Kg MS e proteína (13%PC a ração total misturada (RTM, de acordo com as necessidades nutricionais de ovelhas em fase de finalização, quatro tipos de gorduras foram feitas com 8% de MS e foram testados tipos de gorduras foram testados: 1 gordura saturada sem proteção (GSSP, 2 gordura saturada protegida (GSP, 3 gordura insaturada sem proteção (GISP e 4 gordura insaturada protegida (GIP. Para estimar a cinética e a extensão da degradação da MS e cinética da produção de gás, as rações foram avaliadas mediante a técnica in vitro de produção de gás, seguindo os modelos propostos por Orskov e McDonald (1979 y France et al (1993, para isto foi empregado o procedimento PROC NLIN de SAS (2001. Ao mesmo tempo, foi realizado um analise de medidas repetidas no tempo para verificar o efeito dos tratamentos sobre a produção de gás e a degradação da MS no tempo com ajuda do procedimento PROC MIXED do SAS (2001. Neste experimento verificou-se que a utilização de gorduras insaturadas protegidas não afetou a degradação de MS quando comparadas com as não protegidas. No caso das gorduras saturadas, não houve um claro efeito da proteção sob a degradação e a cinética de fermentação da MS.Experimental cultivate cladocerans Daphnia magna feed with probiotics was realized. At University of Antioquia, Faculty of Agrarian Science, Larviculture, fish and food live Laboratory (Larpeali, under controlled conditions of environmental temperature between (21 - 25 °C, water temperature (22 - 23°C and pH (7.6, were performed. One diet of Saccharomyces cereviseae was used and one enriched medium of oat-soy flour (fatty acid, n-6 to concentrations of diet and enriched medium were the same, 25 ppm and 12.5 ppm, 2x2 factorial treatment arrangements (2 levels of Saccharomyces cereviseae and 2 levels of oat-soy flour, diets was fed to four replicates of Daphnia culture per treatment in order to determine their effects on the populations cultivated. A 15-days feeding, each third day, trial were conducted, to assess the organisms at final period. The results showed significant high difference (p0.05. The results showed that the combination of their high concentrations of components enhanced the population growth of Daphnia magna, reaching a number of micr

  18. Culture Machine

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    Culture Machine is a new, refereed, electronic journal encompassing cultural studies and cultural theory. The international editorial board of the interactive journal aims to "generat[e] research in culture and theory" by promoting and publishing "the most provocative of new work." The theme of the inaugural issue is Taking Risks with the Future. Content includes articles such as Life After Death of the Text by Johan Fornas, Cultural Studies in the Clouds: Mourning for Detail by Tadeusz Slawek, and The Future States of Politics by Kenneth Surin. Culture Machine is hosted by the University of Teesside, England.

  19. Uranium enrichment in South Africa

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    It is stated that the South African process is of an aerodynamic type, the separating element being in effect a high performance stationary-walled centrifuge using UF6 in hydrogen as process fluid. Some details of the very low uranium inventory and high separation factor achievable are given. A new cascade technique is described, based on the principle that an axial flow compressor can simultaneously transmit several streams of different isotopic composition without there being significant mixing between them. The research and development programme is discussed. It is expected that an enrichment plant of 5000 t/a SW capacity, with provision for expansion up to 10,000 t/a SW capacity, will come into operation by 1984. (U.K.)

  20. Enriched natural zeolites ? mineral fertilizer

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    Rybárová Lucia

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Clinoptilolit belongs to the big group of minerals called zeolites. Chemically they are alumosilicates and have a very difficult crystal structure. Nature zeolites are used as sorbents, molecular sieves and catalyzators. Their application is also in agriculture and horticulture. Endeavour of all agricurtural subjects from the plant area is to reach a maximum efficiency and production.Charges for the fertilization are 14 ? 40% of all charges depending on the structure of product, intensity of production and share of nutrition in soil. For the elimination of the loss in the nutrition matter, it is possible to use a ?porter?, which secures a regular and inteligent supply of nutrition to plants.Regarding the physical and chemical properties is good to use natural zeolites as a ?porter?.The experiments were made with enriched zeolites, and their influences an vegetables and flowers roots was reserched. Results were positive.

  1. Basic uranium-235 enrichment by the Asahi Chemical Enrichment Process (ACEP)

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    The development of Asahi Chemical Enrichment Process (ACEP) led to the establishment of basic process technology permitting attainment of 3% enrichment within several months of operation by the mid-1980s, through advances which brought increased electron-exchange and adsorption-desorption reaction rates, effective uranium adsorption band formation and maintenance, and equilibrium plate height reductions based on the elucidation of mobile-phase dispersion. The theoretical and experimental development of redox agent self-regeneration led to a new 'Super Process' characterized by greater simplicity and efficiency than previously thought possible. A semi-commercial plant with enrichment columns of 1 m in diameter and 3 m in height, constructed at Hyuga City in Miyazaki Prefecture, demonstrated 3% uranium enrichment in April 1988. Through the improvement of enrichment efficiency, overall enrichment costs have been greatly lowered. The advantage of the chemical enrichment process, and its low cost of enrichment, have now been clearly demonstrated. (author)

  2. Anaerobic degradation of propane and butane by sulfate-reducing bacteria enriched from marine hydrocarbon cold seeps

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    Jaekel, Ulrike; Musat, Niculina; Adam, Birgit; Kuypers, Marcel; Grundmann, Olav; Musat, Florin

    2012-01-01

    The short-chain, non-methane hydrocarbons propane and butane can contribute significantly to the carbon and sulfur cycles in marine environments affected by oil or natural gas seepage. In the present study, we enriched and identified novel propane and butane-degrading sulfate reducers from marine oil and gas cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico and Hydrate Ridge. The enrichment cultures obtained were able to degrade simultaneously propane and butane, but not other gaseous alkanes. They were cold-...

  3. Gastric culture

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    Gastric culture is a test to check a child's stomach contents for the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB). ... is placed in a special dish called a culture medium and watched for the growth of bacteria.

  4. Culturing Protozoa.

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    Stevenson, Paul

    1980-01-01

    Compares various nutrient media, growth conditions, and stock solutions used in culturing protozoa. A hay infusion in Chalkey's solution maintained at a stable temperature is recommended for producing the most dense and diverse cultures. (WB)

  5. 76 FR 53494 - In the Matter of United States Enrichment Corporation; Paducah Gaseous Enrichment Plant...

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    2011-08-26

    ...Immediately) I The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a subsidiary...swapping cylinders from the enrichment cascade in the 337A feed building...swapping cylinders to the enrichment cascade that resulted in the...Required Reading'' to provide uranium hexafluoride handling...

  6. 76 FR 11523 - Atomic Safety and Licensing Board; AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility...

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    2011-03-02

    ...10-899-02-ML-BD01] Atomic Safety and Licensing Board; AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock...proceeding regarding the request of applicant AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC, (AES) to...Contention Preparation; In the Matter of AREVA Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle...

  7. 75 FR 52996 - Areva Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility); Notice of Atomic Safety and...

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    ...No. 70-7015-ML; ASLBP No. 10-899-02-ML-BD01] Areva Enrichment Services, LLC (Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility...Safety and Licensing Board (Board) in the above-captioned Areva Enrichment Services proceeding is hereby reconstituted by...

  8. Safety culture

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    Safety culture has become a topic of increasing interest for industry and regulators as issues are raised on safety problems around the world. The keys to safety culture are organizational effectiveness, effective communications, organizational learning, and a culture that encourages the identification and resolution of safety issues. The necessity of a strong safety culture places an onus on all of us to continually question whether the safety measures already in place are sufficient, and are being applied. (author)

  9. CULTURAL VALUES

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    Harun, Sudarmin

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT SUDARMIN HARUN. Cultural Values in Buginese Traditional Songs (supervised by Burhanuddin Arafah, Marthen L. Manda, and Stanislaus Sandarupa). This study aimed at finding and elaborating: (1) the cultural symbols, their kinds, their morphemic, literal, and idiomatic meanings, applied in BTS; (2) the aspect of values and their significant meanings, reflected by the cultural symbols in BTS; (3) The significant meanings and the aims of cultural symbols used by Buginese community...

  10. Beyond Culture.

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    Barron, Daniel D.

    1993-01-01

    Discusses the lack of literature relating to cultural differences and school library media programs and reviews the book "Beyond Culture" by Edward T. Hall. Highlights include the population/environment crisis, cultural literacy, the use of technology, and Marshall McLuhan's idea of the global village. (LRW)

  11. Study on the radiotoxicology of enriched uranium

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    A study on the retentive peculiarity of soluble enriched uranium UO2F2 were observed after iv once or consecutive ip qd x 3d to Wistar male rats. The dynamic retention of radioactivity in the body showed that the enriched uranium UO2F2 was chiefly localized in kidney, and then in skeleton and liver. The radioactivity of the enriched uranium UO2F2 in skeleton rose steadily while the concentratoin in kidney and liver droped. When enriched uranium UO2F2 was accumulated in organism, it caused chromosome aberrations on bone marrow cells. Results indicated that the chromosome aberration rates were elevated when the dose of the enriched uranium UO2F2 was increased, at the same time, the cell division was depressed. Accumulation of insoluble enriched uranium U3O8 in gastrointestinal tract was well described by a two exponential expression. Values of retention estimate for fast component, T1 = 0.34 d, and for relatively long term component, T2 = 4.05 d. The deposition of UO2F2 in the intact skin was only 0.16 to 0.18% of the total contaminated UO2F2. Penetration of the enriched uranium UO2F2 was dominantly increased in abraded skin. This value is about 25 to 32 times as compaired with that in intact skin. Retention of the enriched uranium UO2F2 through abraded skins was dominantly localized in kidney and skeleton

  12. Uranium enrichment : global view and Brazilian perspectives

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    A global view of isotope enrichment involving a general description of process (technical-economical aspects and policy) and status in developing countries is done. An enrichment demand in function of the Brazilian Nuclear Program is evaluated, analyzing a probable market and a low market. The perspectives to attend this demand, are studied. (E.G.)

  13. On the homotopy theory of enriched categories

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    Berger, Clemens

    2012-01-01

    We give sufficient conditions for the existence of a Quillen model structure on small categories enriched in a given monoidal model category. This yields a unified treatment for the known model structures on simplicial, topological, dg- and spectral categories. Our proof is mainly based on a fundamental property of cofibrant enriched categories on two objects, stated below as the Interval Cofibrancy Theorem.

  14. Perspectives for the uranium enrichment in Brazil

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    Through an analysis of the electrical energy future in Brazil, the needs for enriched uranium are discussed, and therefore the importance of developing local capability for self-production. A description of the production processes that are well established is given first, then the analysis itself is performed and finally a visualization of the International Market for enriched uranium is shown. (author)

  15. Uranium enrichment market in the 1990'S

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    This work is related to the main characteristics of the enrichment maket. The long-term enrichment characterized by factors which tend to restrict the number of participants both on the supply side and on the demand side. These factors are summarized here. (A.C.A.S.)

  16. Anaerobic degradation of benzene by enriched consortia with humic acids as terminal electron acceptors

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    Cervantes, Francisco J., E-mail: fjcervantes@ipicyt.edu.mx [Division de Ciencias Ambientales, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (IPICyT), Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi, SLP, 78216 Mexico (Mexico); Mancilla, Ana Rosa; Toro, E. Emilia Rios-del [Division de Ciencias Ambientales, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (IPICyT), Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi, SLP, 78216 Mexico (Mexico); Alpuche-Solis, Angel G.; Montoya-Lorenzana, Lilia [Division de Biologia Molecular, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (IPICyT), Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi, SLP, 78216 Mexico (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Enriched consortia were able to couple the anaerobic degradation of benzene to the reduction of humic acids. {yields} Electron-equivalents derived from anaerobic benzene oxidation were highly recovered as reduced humic acids. {yields} Several species from classes {beta}-, {delta}- and {gamma}-Proteobacteria were enriched during the anaerobic degradation of benzene. - Abstract: The anaerobic degradation of benzene coupled to the reduction of humic acids (HA) was demonstrated in two enriched consortia. Both inocula were able to oxidize benzene under strict anaerobic conditions when the humic model compound, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS), was supplied as terminal electron acceptor. An enrichment culture originated from a contaminated soil was also able to oxidize benzene linked to the reduction of highly purified soil humic acids (HPSHA). In HPSHA-amended cultures, 9.3 {mu}M of benzene were degraded, which corresponds to 279 {+-} 27 micro-electron equivalents ({mu}Eq) L{sup -1}, linked to the reduction of 619 {+-} 81 {mu}Eq L{sup -1} of HPSHA. Neither anaerobic benzene oxidation nor reduction of HPSHA occurred in sterilized controls. Anaerobic benzene oxidation did not occur in soil incubations lacking HPSHA. Furthermore, negligible reduction of HPSHA occurred in the absence of benzene. The enrichment culture derived from this soil was dominated by two {gamma}-Proteobacteria phylotypes. A benzene-degrading AQDS-reducing enrichment originated from a sediment sample showed the prevalence of different species from classes {beta}-, {delta}- and {gamma}-Proteobacteria. The present study provides clear quantitative demonstration of anaerobic degradation of benzene coupled to the reduction of HA.

  17. Uranium enrichment capacity: public versus private ownership

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    Continual growth of conventional nuclear capacity requires an assured supply of enriched uranium and, hence, potential expansion of domestic uranium enrichment capacity. The question of ownership of new enrichment capacity, i.e., public or private, entails not only the social-opportunity costs of alternative investments but also technical parameters of uranium utilization and advanced reactor development. Inclusion of risk preferences in both the public and private sectors produces interesting results in terms of optimal investment strategies with respect to choice of technology and scale of investment. Utilization of a nuclear fuel cycle requirements process model allows explicit specification of production technology. Integration of process model output with a least-cost investment model permits flexibility in parametric analysis. Results indicate minimum incentive for Government subsidy of a private enrichment sector through 2000 given moderate to low nuclear growth assumptions. The long-run scenario, to 2020, exhibits potentially greater incentives for private enrichment investment

  18. Enriching an effect calculus with linear types

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    Egger, Jeff; MØgelberg, Rasmus Ejlers

    2009-01-01

    We define an ``enriched effect calculus'' by conservatively extending  a type theory for computational effects with primitives from linear logic. By doing so, we obtain a generalisation of linear type theory, intended as a formalism for expressing linear aspects of effects. As a worked example, we formulate  linearly-used continuations in the enriched effect calculus. These are captured by a fundamental translation of the enriched effect calculus into itself, which extends existing call-by-value and call-by-name linearly-used CPS translations. We show that our translation is involutive. Full completeness results for the various linearly-used CPS translations  follow. Our main results, the conservativity of enriching the effect calculus with linear primitives, and the involution property of the fundamental translation, are proved using a category-theoretic semantics for the enriched effect calculus. In particular, the involution property amounts to the  self-duality of the free (syntactic) model.

  19. Uranium enrichment by centrifuge in Japan

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    The promotion of nuclear power generation is one of the most important tasks in Japan's energy policy. The uranium enrichment services necessary for the nation's nuclear power generation are at present located entirely overseas. In 1972, the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) took up research and development of the centrifuge uranium enrichment process as a national project and decided seriously to promote it in order to start uranium enrichment in Japan. The Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation (PNC) took a leading part in the subsequent research and development work on centrifuge uranium enrichment technology. The resultant pilot plant entered into full-scale operation in March 1982. The paper summarizes the construction and operation of the pilot plant and outlines the steps involved in establishing a uranium enrichment enterprise in Japan. (author)

  20. Comparison of Enrichment Broths for Supporting Growth of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli.

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    Stromberg, Zachary R; Lewis, Gentry L; Marx, David B; Moxley, Rodney A

    2015-08-01

    Detection of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in complex sample matrices remains challenging. In an attempt to improve detection, nonselective and selective enrichment broths were compared as follows: (1) trypticase soy broth (TSB) was compared with TSB plus novobiocin, vancomycin, rifampicin, bile salts, and potassium tellurite (TSB-NVRBT) for supporting growth of STEC in pure culture; (2) E. coli broth (EC), TSB, and TSB plus bile salts (mTSB) were compared for enrichment of STEC O26, O45, O103, O104, O111, O121, O145, and O157 (STEC-8) in inoculated cattle fecal samples; (3) EC, TSB, and mTSB were compared for the detection of STEC-8 in inoculated cattle fecal samples. Fecal samples were inoculated with wild-type STEC-8 or nalidixic acid- or rifampicin-resistant derivatives of the same strains at 100, 1000, or 10,000 colony-forming units per gram (CFU/g) of feces. In pure culture, the mean STEC CFU/mL following enrichment in TSB was 1.17 log10 greater than that in TSB-NVRBT (P < 0.05). In inoculated fecal samples, EC enrichment yielded growth of STEC-8 (6.42 log10 CFU/g) that was significantly greater than in TSB (6.23 log10 CFU/g; P < 0.05), and numerically but not significantly greater than in mTSB (6.37 log10 CFU/g; P = 0.60). Wild-type STEC strains were detected in 43.8 % (21/48) of the samples enriched in EC and mTSB compared to 27.1 % (13/48) of the samples enriched in TSB (P = 0.15). Overall, STEC grew significantly better when enriched in EC compared to TSB. Modification of TSB by the addition of bile salts improved the growth and detection of STEC compared to TSB alone. PMID:25917502

  1. Contribution of enrichments and resampling for sulfate reducing bacteria diversity assessment by high-throughput cultivation.

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    Colin, Yannick; Goñi-Urriza, Marisol; Caumette, Pierre; Guyoneaud, Rémy

    2015-03-01

    The development of new high-throughput cultivation methods aims to increase the isolation efficiency as compared to standard techniques that often require enrichment procedures to compensate the low microbial recovery. In the current study, estuarine sulfate-reducing bacteria were isolated using an anaerobic isolation procedure in 384-well microplates. Ninety-nine strains were recovered from initial sediments. Isolates were identified according to their partial 16S rRNA sequences and clustered into 13 phylotypes. Besides, the increase in species richness obtained through enrichments or resampling was investigated. Forty-four enrichment procedures were conducted and shifts in sulfate-reducing bacterial communities were investigated through dsrAB gene fingerprinting. Despite efforts in conducting numerous enrichment conditions only few of them were statistically different from initial sample. The cultural diversity obtained from 3 of the most divergent enrichments, as well as from resampled sediments equally contributed to raise the sulfate-reducing diversity up to 22 phylotypes. Enrichments (selection of metabolism) or resampling (transient populations and micro-heterogeneity) may still be helpful to assess new microbial phylotypes. Nevertheless, all the newly cultivated strains were all representatives of minor Operational Taxonomic Units and could eventually be recovered by maintaining high-throughput isolation effort from the initial sediments. PMID:25578508

  2. [Enrichment and dynamic analysis of deammonification granules].

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    Xiao, Yang; Liao, De-Xiang; Li, Xiao-Ming; Yang, Qi; Zeng, Guang-Ming; Yi, Ting; Liu, Jing-Jin

    2009-09-15

    Deammonification process was started-up in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR) seeded with anaerobic granular sludge. A kinetic model describing deammonification process was proposed. Due to the presence of concentration gradient of dissolved oxygen (DO) in granular sludge, model correction factors of DO were introduced. The influences of denitrification process, nitrite and DO on granular sludge activity were studied by model and good agreement was obtained between the experimental results and simulation results. Heterotrophic denitrifiers has some influence on the ANAMMOX process during the initial cultivation, and the influence decreases gradually during the following operation period. When nitrite concentration is 20-30 mg/L, a total nitrogen removal efficiency begins to drop caused by inhibition of nitrite. With high or low DO concentration, the activity of deammonification is inhibited. A total nitrogen removal efficiency can simultaneously reach higher levels by controlling appropriate DO related NH4(+) -N concentration of inflow. In a NH4(+) -N concentration of 80 mg/L, the optimal DO level for a maximal nitrogen gas production is at 0.3-0.6 mg/L. PMID:19927823

  3. Conversion of Crude Oil to Methane by a Microbial Consortium Enriched From Oil Reservoir Production Waters

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The methanogenic biodegradation of crude oil is an important process occurring in petroleum reservoirs and other oil-containing environments such as contaminated aquifers. In this process, syntrophic bacteria degrade hydrocarbon substrates to products such as acetate, and/or H2 and CO2 that are then used by methanogens to produce methane in a thermodynamically dependent manner. We enriched a methanogenic crude oil-degrading consortium from production waters sampled from a low temperature heavy oil reservoir. Alkylsuccinates indicative of fumarate addition to C5 and C6 n-alkanes were identified in the culture (above levels found in controls, corresponding to the detection of an alkyl succinate synthase gene (assA in the culture. In addition, the enrichment culture was tested for its ability to produce methane from residual oil in a sandstone-packed column system simulating a mature field. Methane production rates of up 5.8 ?mol CH4/g of oil/day were measured in the column system. Amounts of produced methane were in relatively good agreement with hydrocarbon loss showing depletion of more than 50% of saturate and aromatic hydrocarbons. Microbial community analysis revealed that the enrichment culture was dominated by members of the genus Smithella, Methanosaeta, and Methanoculleus. However, a shift in microbial community occurred following incubation of the enrichment in the sandstone columns. Here, Methanobacterium sp. were most abundant, as were bacterial members of the genus Pseudomonas and other known biofilm forming organisms. Our findings show that microorganisms enriched from petroleum reservoir waters can bioconvert crude oil components to methane both planktonically and in sandstone-packed columns as test systems. Further, the results suggest that different organisms may contribute to oil biodegradation within different phases (e.g., planktonic versus sessile within a subsurface crude oil reservoir.

  4. Profile of World Uranium Enrichment Programs-2009

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    It is generally agreed that the most difficult step in building a nuclear weapon is acquiring fissile material, either plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU). Plutonium is produced in a nuclear reactor, whereas HEU is produced using a uranium enrichment process. Enrichment is also an important step in the civil nuclear fuel cycle, in producing low enriched uranium (LEU) for use as fuel for nuclear reactors to generate electricity. However, the same equipment used to produce LEU for nuclear reactor fuel can also be used to produce HEU for weapons. Safeguards at an enrichment plant are the array of assurances and verification techniques that ensure uranium is not diverted or enriched to HEU. There are several techniques for enriching uranium. The two most prevalent are gaseous diffusion, which uses older technology and requires a lot of energy, and gas centrifuge separation, which uses more advanced technology and is more energy efficient. Gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) provide about 40% of current world enrichment capacity but are being phased out as newer gas centrifuge enrichment plants (GCEPs) are constructed. Estimates of current and future enrichment capacity are always approximate, due to the constant upgrades, expansions, and shutdowns occurring at enrichment plants, largely determined by economic interests. Currently, the world enrichment capacity is approximately 56 million kilogram separative work units (SWU) per year, with 22.5 million in gaseous diffus year, with 22.5 million in gaseous diffusion and more than 33 million in gas centrifuge plants. Another 34 million SWU/year of capacity is under construction or planned for the near future, almost entirely using gas centrifuge separation. Other less-efficient techniques have also been used in the past, including electromagnetic and aerodynamic separations, but these are considered obsolete, at least from a commercial perspective. Laser isotope separation shows promise as a possible enrichment technique of the future but has yet to be demonstrated commercially. In the early 1980s, six countries developing gas centrifuge technology (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and Australia) along with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Atomic Energy Community began developing effective safeguards techniques for GCEPs. This effort was known as the Hexapartite Safeguards Project (HSP). The HSP had the goal of maximizing safeguards effectiveness while minimizing the cost to the operator and inspectorate, and adopted several recommendations, such as the acceptance of limited-frequency unannounced access inspections in cascade halls, and the use of nondestructive assay measurements and tamper-indicating seals. While only the HSP participants initially committed to implementing all the measures of the approach, it has been used as a model for the safeguards applied to GCEPs in additional states. Uranium enrichment capacity has continued to expand on all fronts in the last few years. GCEP capacity is expanding in anticipation of the eventual shutdown of the less-efficient GDPs, the termination of the U.S.-Russia HEU blend-down program slated for 2013, and the possible resurgence of nuclear reactor construction as part of an expected 'Nuclear Renaissance'. Overall, a clear trend in the world profile of uranium enrichment plant operation is the continued movement towards multinational projects driven by commercial and economic interests. Along this vein, the safeguards community is continuing to develop new safeguards techniques and technologies that are not overly burdensome to enrichment plant operators while delivering more effective and efficient results. This report provides a snapshot overview of world enrichment capacity in 2009, including profiles of the uranium enrichment programs of individual states. It is a revision of a 2007 report on the same topic; significant changes in world enrichment programs between the previous and current reports are emphasized. It is based entirely on open-source information, which is dep

  5. Shenandoah elementary science enrichment program

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    Garrett, P. [Shenandoah Elementary School, Middletown, IN (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Shenandoah Elementary School is a rural educational facility located in the farmlands of Indiana. The Elementary Science Enrichment Program was established to create a learning atmosphere that encourages scientific thinking and problem-solving. Its inception was founded on the belief that the concepts and process skills inherent in the teaching of science are critical to the early intellectual development of elementary students. The program was established through speaking engagements at the local and state level which resulted in the necessary support to insure its continuation. All students in grades K-5 meet for weekly science activities in our elementary lab to investigate many exciting curricular areas including planaria regeneration, star life cycles, and acid rain telecommunications. This allows for in-depth exploration of the science process skills which culminate in a variety of products including student portfolios, hands-on assessments, simulations and global data communications. These activities are extended through family science and the modeling of science instructional techniques for classroom educators.

  6. Student science enrichment training program

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    Sandhu, S.S.

    1994-08-01

    This is a report on the Student Science Enrichment Training Program, with special emphasis on chemical and computer science fields. The residential summer session was held at the campus of Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC, for six weeks during 1993 summer, to run concomitantly with the college`s summer school. Fifty participants selected for this program, included high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The students came from rural South Carolina and adjoining states which, presently, have limited science and computer science facilities. The program focused on high ability minority students, with high potential for science engineering and mathematical careers. The major objective was to increase the pool of well qualified college entering minority students who would elect to go into science, engineering and mathematical careers. The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and engineering at Claflin College received major benefits from this program as it helped them to expand the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science as a result of additional enrollment. It also established an expanded pool of well qualified minority science and mathematics graduates, which were recruited by the federal agencies and private corporations, visiting Claflin College Campus. Department of Energy`s relationship with Claflin College increased the public awareness of energy related job opportunities in the public and private sectors.

  7. DOE enrichment plants-safeguards means business

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    The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, owned by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and operated by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., is a full service enrichment plant. Its long enriching cascade can process uranium hexafluoride (UF6) feeds at almost any 235U level and can produce UF6 over the complete spectrum from depleted to very highly enriched uranium. The DOE uranium enrichment program is a government-owned enterprise operating as a business. The operating concerns of the DOE uranium enrichment plants and their safeguards programs have evolved together over the past three decades, and that evolution will likely continue. As the risk associated with possession, processing, and shipment of strategic nuclear material increased, the protection and control of it increased; as the value of the product grew with time, better ways were found to measure and conserve it. In each of these areas, safeguards objectives and the business requirements of the plant are complementary, and the progress made in one area has been reflected by progress in the other. The plant's material control and accountability program has become crucial to such business requirements as quantifying the enriched uranium (separative work units) produced in each monthly period and convincing financial auditors that the multibillion dollar enriched uranium assets located at the Portsmouth plant are properly stated

  8. Uranium enrichment: heading for a cliff

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    Thanks to drastic cost cutting in the past 2 years, US enrichment plants now have the lowest cost production in the world, but US prices are still higher than those of overseas competitors because the business is paying for past mistakes. The most serious difficulty is that the Department of Energy (DOE), which owns and operates the US enrichment enterprise, is paying more than $500 million a year to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for electricity it once thought it would need but no longer requires. Another is that billions of dollars were spent in the 1970s and early 1980s to build new capacity that is now not needed. As a result, the enrichment enterprise has accumulated a debt to the US Treasury that the General Accounting Office (GAO) estimates at $8.8 billion. This paper presents the background and current debate in Congress about the difficulties facing the enrichment industry. In the midst of this debate over the future of the enterprise, the development of the next generation of enrichment technology is being placed in jeopardy. Known as atomic vapor laser isotope separation, or AVLIS, the process was viewed as the key to the long-term competitiveness of US enrichment. As the federal deficit mounted, however, funding for the AVLIS program was cut back and the timetable was stretched out. The US enrichment program has reached the point at which Congress will be forced to make some politically difficult decisions

  9. Science embraces all, enriches all

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    GS Mukherjee

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Since last decade, the United Nations has emphasized more on Science as manifested from the observance of International Years of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, et al. in recent past which reminds the researchers to cultivate science. As such science does not have any geographical boundary nor has any restriction to remain stagnant in a particular domain or discipline but it is a dynamic process, providing logical thinking towards unfolding the truth for the progress of human civilization and its chromatic culture. Since 1949, Defence Science Journal (DSJ shares the responsibility with a broader vision and carries a much bigger canvas of publications towards integrating the whole research community of the globe. DSJ has been providing yeoman service to the entire scientific fraternity by extending its platform for publication of articles received from all echelons of scientists, technologists, and engineers without showing any proclivity towards a particular professional or research community provided their original ideas and research results imbue the minds of the readers for the larger cause of scientific culture where publications play significant role.Defence Science Journal, 2012, 62(6, pp.359-360, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.62.2836

  10. The US Enrichment Corp.. Looking towards privatisation

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    The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) was launched in 1993 with the intention of bringing private sector disciplines into the US enrichment industry. It is charged with operating as a business enterprise on a profitable and efficient basis, with maximizing the long term value of the Corporation to the Treasury and taxpayer, and with maintaining a reliable and economic source of enriched uranium. Though acting like a commercial business, it remains for the moment in US government ownership. The directors have an obligation, however, to recommend to the government in 1995 if, how and when the Corporation should be privatized. (UK)

  11. Italian activities in uranium enrichment

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    The paper describes Italian activities in uranium enrichment, which have mainly developed along the lines of the two classical processes: gaseous diffusion and centrifuges. Research, development and industrial activities play different roles in the two methods, and a special working group, GIAU, was established by CNEN to help co-ordinate this activity. In the field of gaseous diffusion, R and D effort was, from the start of the programme in 1968, mainly devoted to barriers and compressors, with the object of fully understanding the process and of demonstrating that it was capable of overcoming the main problems in this technology. Isotope separation of UF6 was demonstrated in 1974 at experimental plant level. Cost-sharing contracts were signed between CNEN and industries to build prototypes and ''first-of-a-kind'' components; small production lines have been set up to evaluate economics and assess production quality. Eurodif is partially associated with the development of this activity. On the industrial level, AGIP Nucleare and CNEN were among the promoters of the Eurodif venture from the beginning in 1973 and now own 25% of the shares. In the field of ultracentrifugation, work is still devoted mainly to R and D on the machines. The separation process was demonstrated in 1973 at laboratory level with a Zippe type centrifuge. Later activities aimed at developing high-capacity machines; different solutions are under close scrutiny. Carbon fibres and multipl close scrutiny. Carbon fibres and multiplerotor machines have been mechanically tested, and the first reference design of a small cascade plant has been completed. In the field of laser separation, after a complete and critical survey of different processes under development in other countries, experimental research work is now being undertaken, and experiments on basic aspects of the process are in progress. (author)

  12. Profile of World Uranium Enrichment Programs - 2007

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    It is generally agreed that the most difficult step in building a nuclear weapon is acquiring weapons grade fissile material, either plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU). Plutonium is produced in a nuclear reactor, while HEU is produced using a uranium enrichment process. Enrichment is also an important step in the civil nuclear fuel cycle, in producing low enriched uranium (LEU) for use in fuel for nuclear reactors. However, the same equipment used to produce LEU for nuclear fuel can also be used to produce HEU for weapons. Safeguards at an enrichment plant are the array of assurances and verification techniques that ensure uranium is only enriched to LEU, no undeclared LEU is produced, and no uranium is enriched to HEU or secretly diverted. There are several techniques for enriching uranium. The two most prevalent are gaseous diffusion, which uses older technology and requires a lot of energy, and gas centrifuge separation, which uses more advanced technology and is more energy efficient. Gaseous diffusion plants (GDPs) provide about 40% of current world enrichment capacity, but are being phased out as newer gas centrifuge enrichment plants (GCEPs) are constructed. Estimates of current and future enrichment capacity are always approximate, due to the constant upgrades, expansions, and shutdowns occurring at enrichment plants, largely determined by economic interests. Currently, the world enrichment capacity is approximately 53 million kg-separative work units ately 53 million kg-separative work units (SWU) per year, with 22 million in gaseous diffusion and 31 million in gas centrifuge plants. Another 23 million SWU/year of capacity are under construction or planned for the near future, almost entirely using gas centrifuge separation. Other less-efficient techniques have also been used in the past, including electromagnetic and aerodynamic separations, but these are considered obsolete, at least from a commercial perspective. Laser isotope separation shows promise as a possible enrichment technique of the future, but has yet to be demonstrated commercially. In the early 1980s, six countries developing gas centrifuge technology (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and Australia) along with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) began developing effective safeguards techniques for GCEPs. This effort was known as the Hexapartite Safeguards Project (HSP). The HSP had the goal of maximizing safeguards effectiveness while minimizing the cost to the operator and inspectorate, and adopted several recommendations, such as the acceptance of limited-frequency unannounced access (LFUA) inspections in cascade halls, and the use of nondestructive assay (NDA) measurements and tamper-indicating seals. While only the HSP participants initially committed to implementing all the measures of the approach, it has been used as a model for the safeguards applied to GCEPs in additional states. This report provides a snapshot overview of world enrichment capacity in 2007, including profiles of the uranium enrichment programs of individual states. It is based on open-source information, which is dependent on unclassified sources and may therefore not reflect the most recent developments. In addition, it briefly describes some of the safeguards techniques being used at various enrichment plants, including implementation of HSP recommendations

  13. Stochastic self-enrichment, pre-enrichment, and the formation of globular clusters

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    Bailin, Jeremy

    2009-01-01

    We develop a model for stochastic pre-enrichment and self-enrichment in globular clusters (GCs) during their formation process. GCs beginning their formation have an initial metallicity determined by the pre-enrichment of their surrounding protocloud, but can also undergo internal self-enrichment during formation. Stochastic variations in metallicity arise because of the finite numbers of supernova. We construct an analytic formulation of the combined effects of pre-enrichment and self-enrichment and use Monte Carlo models to verify that the model accurately encapsulates the mean metallicity and metallicity spread among real GCs. The predicted metallicity spread due to self-enrichment alone, a robust prediction of the model, is much smaller than the observed spread among real GCs. This result rules out self-enrichment as a significant contributor to the metal content in most GCs, leaving pre-enrichment as the viable alternative. Self-enrichment can, however, be important for clusters with masses well above 10...

  14. Cultural Entomology

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    This article, succinctly written by the late Charles Hogue, was taken, with permission, from the 1987 Annual Review of Entomology. It provides an excellent explanation of cultural entomology, along with examples of the influence insects have had on art, folklore, history, literature and language, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, and other areas of culture from around the world. To delve more deeply into cultural entomology, the original 1987 article should be consulted for a listing of many specific references to the subject.

  15. Beyond culture

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    Levine, Peter

    1991-01-01

    ?This dissertation examines Friedrich Nietzsche's theory of culture. Nietzsche held that all beliefs were arbitrary and culturally contingent; cultures were distinct, organic, homogeneous entities, whose values were mutually incommensurable. I trace the origins of this theory to Nietzsche's experience as a philologist; but I claim that, in deriving his theory from historical data, Nietzsche drew false conclusions. As a mature philosopher, Nietzsche developed a somewhat ...

  16. Analysis of Culture(s), Culture(s) of Analysis

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    Leone, Massimo

    2009-01-01

    PROGRAMMA Saturday September 5, 2009 Chair: Eero Tarasti, President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies 16:00 Winfried Nöth, University of Kassel Machines of Cultures and Cultures of Machines 17:00 Break 17:15 Gianfranco Marrone, University of Palermo Text, Discourse, Culture 18:15 Roundtable 1 Sunday September 6, 2009 10:00 Claudio Guerri, University of Buenos Aires The Semiotic Nonagon and the Graphic Language TSD: an operative model for...

  17. Consuming cultures

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    Lee, Gregory, (Thesis)

    2007-01-01

    The sense of “consuming” addressed here relates to a culture of spectacular consumption in which we almost all are now implicated, and in which our main purpose is to consume: we inhabit and are inhabited by a society of consumption . A second but allied meaning relates to culture as just another product or service to be consumed. There is also an additional sense in which the planet's local and long-standing cultures are being consumed and transformed by a globalizing economic culture wh...

  18. 77 FR 14838 - General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC, Commercial Laser-Based Uranium Enrichment...

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    2012-03-13

    ...Commercial Laser-Based Uranium Enrichment Facility, Wilmington, North...construction of a laser-based uranium enrichment facility and possession and...and SNM in a laser-based uranium enrichment facility. Revisions to...

  19. Evaluation of zinc enriched manures/natural polymers using 65Zn

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    A pot culture experiment conducted in sandy clay loam soil (Typic Ustropept) receiving 50 kg ha -1 of manures/natural polymers viz., poultry manure (PM), biogas slurry (BGS), coir pith (CP) and sago waste (SW) enriched at five levels of Zn as ZnSO4 (0, 6.25, 12.5, 18.75 and 25 kg ha-1) with rice (ADT 36) as test crop revealed that increasing levels of Zn up to 18.75 kg ZnSO4 increased the grain yield. There was an increase in Zn derived from fertilizer due to manure enrichment. The Zn use efficiency showed a decline with increasing levels of Zn. However, enrichment of manures/polymers increased Zn use efficiency from 0.61% (control) to 2.04% (sago waste). (author)

  20. Boron isotopic enrichment by displacement chromatography

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    10B enriched boron is used in applications requiring high volumetric neutron absorption (absorption cross section- 3837 barn for thermal and 1 barn for 1 MeV fast neutron). It is used in fast breeder reactor (as control rod material), in neutron counter, in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy etc. Owing to very small separation factor, boron isotopic enrichment is a complex process requiring large number of separation stages. Heavy Water Board has ventured in industrial scale production of 10B enriched boron using Exchange Distillation Process as well as Ion Displacement Chromatography Process. Ion Displacement Chromatography process is used in Boron Enrichment Plant at HWP, Manuguru. It is based on isotopic exchange between borate ions (B(OH)4-) on anion exchange resin and boric acid passing through resin. The isotopic exchange takes place due to difference in zero point energy of 10B and 11B

  1. Safety aspects of gas centrifuge enrichment plants

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    Uranium enrichment by gas centrifuge is a commercially proven, viable technology. Gas centrifuge enrichment plant operations pose hazards that are also found in other industries as well as unique hazards as a result of processing and handling uranium hexafluoride and the handling of enriched uranium. Hazards also found in other industries included those posed by the use of high-speed rotating equipment and equipment handling by use of heavy-duty cranes. Hazards from high-speed rotating equipment are associated with the operation of the gas centrifuges themselves and with the operation of the uranium hexafluoride compressors in the tail withdrawal system. These and related hazards are discussed. It is included that commercial gas centrifuge enrichment plants have been designed to operate safely

  2. A Guide to Job Enrichment and Redesign.

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    Cunningham, J. Barton; Eberle, Ted

    1990-01-01

    Describes job design alternatives--job enrichment, the job characteristics model, Japanese style management, and quality-of-worklife approaches. Focuses on the problems that human resources professionals may encounter when attempting to implement these approaches. (Author/JOW)

  3. Laser isotopic enrichment of boron using catalysis

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    Laser photochemical isotope separation using catalysis is achieved for the first time. Mixtures of 10 Torr BCl3, 20 Torr H2, and approx.1 g Ti are irradiated with 10.55-?m radiation from a TEA CO2 laser. After 1.5 h of irradiation it is found that a 10% enrichment in the ratio of 10B/11B is obtained. The effect of a catalyst in the efficiency of isotopic enrichment is discussed

  4. Enrichment Discrimination Behavior in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

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    Salimov, Ramiz M.; Kovalev, Georgy I.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: 1) To reveal, among spontaneously hypertensive rats, subpopulations that diverge in attention to objects enriching an empty cross-maze; 2) To evaluate effect of clinically efficient drug for treatment of attention deficiency atomoxetine on the attention to environmental cues in attentionally-low rats. Method: A novel paradigm that provides measure of attention towards enriching objects independent of general locomotor activity and spatial orientation is employed. The apparatus con...

  5. Enrichment Discrimination Behavior in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats

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    Ramiz M. Salimov

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: 1 To reveal, among spontaneously hypertensive rats, subpopulations that diverge in attention to objects enriching an empty cross-maze; 2 To evaluate effect of clinically efficient drug for treatment of attention deficiency atomoxetine on the attention to environmental cues in attentionally-low rats. Method: A novel paradigm that provides measure of attention towards enriching objects independent of general locomotor activity and spatial orientation is employed. The apparatus consists of 4-arm radial maze, two arms of which contain objects (enriched compartments. Animals exploring the objects typically stay longer in enriched parts of maze than in empty arms and have a higher score of enrichment discrimination ratio. Results: Frequency distribution of the enrichment discrimination ratio had clear bimodal shape that differed significantly from normal distribution suggesting the existence of subpopulations of attentionally-low and -high individuals. The attentionally-low phenotype did not show inferiority in spatial orientation as compared with attentionally-high phenotype. The phenotypes did not differ from each other in measures of locomo- tor activity and blood pressure. Atomoxetine (3 mg/kg, orally, once daily for 4 days enhanced enrichment discrimina- tion in animals of attentionally-low phenotype. Single administration of the drug was ineffective. Conclusion: Popula- tion of spontaneously hypertensive rat includes two phenotypes of attentionally-low and -high individuals. Subchronic atomoxetine ameliorates attention to environmental cues in attentionally-low rats. The enrichment discrimination test could be useful in studies of neurobiology of attention deficit condition and for screening of novel drug candidates.

  6. Environmental enrichment decreases responding for visual novelty

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    Cain, Mary E.; Thomas A. Green; Bardo, Michael T

    2006-01-01

    Previous research has demonstrated that rats reared in an enriched condition (EC) with novel objects and social partners self-administer less amphetamine compared to rats raised in an isolated condition (IC). However, it is unclear if the enrichment-induced decrease in stimulant self-administration generalizes to non-drug rewards such as those provided by novel environmental stimuli. In the current study, EC, IC, and social condition (SC) rats were raised from 21 to 51 days of age before bein...

  7. Uranium enrichment: the US Gas Centrifuge Program

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    The fundamental concepts of separating uranium isotopes by a gas centrifuge process are described. A general history of the United States' program is presented from Dr. Jesse W. Beams original work at the University of Virginia in 1934, to today's full scale gas centrifuge enrichment plant (GCEP) in Portsmouth, Ohio. Current US program activities, which involve various government R and D contractors, are summarized. Comparisons are provided between the present gaseous diffusion method of enrichment and the gas centrifuge process

  8. Modeling of Transients in an Enrichment Circuit

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    In the present work a mathematical model is presented in order to describe the dynamic behavior inside a closed enrichment loop, the latter representing a single stage of an uranium gaseous diffusion enrichment cascade.The analytical model is turned into a numerical model, and implemented through a computational code.Transients of two species separation were numerically analyzed, including setting times of each magnitude, behavior of each one of them during different transients, and redistribution of concentrations along the closed loop

  9. Environmental enrichment for neotropical primates in captivity

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    Boere Vanner

    2001-01-01

    Captivity is an extreme non-natural environment for primates. The success of a breeding colony depends of management and veterinarian procedures which must rely on the knowledge of primates' behavioral needs. Environmental enrichment consists of a series of procedures that improve the quality of life of captive animals by meeting their ethological needs. Enrichment can reduce stress, while increasing animal well being in captivity. Suitable ethical conditions, incidences of behavioral disorde...

  10. U.S. forms uranium enrichment corporation

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    After almost 40 years of operation, the federal government is withdrawing from the uranium enrichment business. On July 1, the Department of Energy turned over to a new government-owned entity--the US Enrichment Corp. (USEC)--both the DOE enrichment plants at Paducah, Ky., and Portsmouth, Ohio, and domestic and international marketing of enriched uranium from them. Pushed by the inability of DOE's enrichment operations to meet foreign competition, Congress established USEC under the National Energy Policy Act of 1992, envisioning the new corporation as the first step to full privatization. With gross revenues of $1.5 billion in fiscal 1992, USEC would rank 275th on the Fortune 500 list of top US companies. USEC will lease from DOE the Paducah and Portsmouth facilities, built in the early 1950s, which use the gaseous diffusion process for uranium enrichment. USEC's stock is held by the US Treasury, to which it will pay annual dividends. Martin Marietta Energy Systems, which has operated Paducah since 1984 and Portsmouth since 1986 for DOE, will continue to operate both plants for USEC. Closing one of the two facilities will be studied, especially in light of a 40% world surplus of capacity over demand. USEC also will consider other nuclear-fuel-related ventures. USEC will produce only low-enriched uranium, not weapons-grade material. Indeed, USEC will implement a contract now being completed under which the US will purchase weapons-grade uranium from dismantled Russianpons-grade uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons and convert it into low-enriched uranium for power reactor fuel

  11. Algebras of higher operads as enriched categories

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    Batanin, Michael; Weber, Mark

    2008-01-01

    We decribe the correspondence between normalised $\\omega$-operads and certain lax monoidal structures on the category of globular sets. As with ordinary monoidal categories, one has a notion of category enriched in a lax monoidal category. Within the aforementioned correspondence, we provide also an equivalence between the algebras of a given normalised $\\omega$-operad, and categories enriched in globular sets for the induced lax monoidal structure.

  12. Production of lutein-enriched microalgal biomass

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    Mogedas Romero, Benito; Forja?n Lozano, Eduardo; Cuaresma Franco, Mari?a; Garbayo Nores, Ine?s; Vega Piqueres, Jose? Mari?a; Vi?lchez Lobato, Carlos; Ma?rquez Garci?a, Mayca

    2009-01-01

    An integrated approach towards production of lutein-enriched biomass of Chlamydomonas acidophile, an extremophile microalga isolated by our group from Tinto river (Huelva, Spain) was carried out. That approach included determining optimal growth conditions, determining optimal lutein biosynthesis conditions and designing a continuous lutein-enriched biomass production process in a suitable, specifically designed, panel photobioreactor. Optimal growth of the extremophile microalga was found t...

  13. Uranium enrichment: response to an energy crisis

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    The Office of Uranium Resources and Enrichment (OURE) has developed a posture to help create the stability throughout the 1980's that is required for nuclear power to support the necessary transition from petroleum to more desirable energy alternatives. This posture is constructed from actions in uranium enrichment program to: (1) ensure an adequate and reliable supply; (2) maintain low prices; and (3) meet customer needs for flexibility via program initiatives. This article briefly discusses these factors

  14. A Resolution of the Paradox of Enrichment

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    Feng, Z. C.; Li, Y. Charles

    2011-01-01

    The paradox of enrichment was observed by M. Rosenzweig in a class of predator-prey models. Two of the parameters in the models are crucial for the paradox. These two parameters are the prey's carrying capacity and prey's half-saturation for predation. Intuitively, increasing the carrying capacity due to enrichment of the prey's environment should lead to a more stable predator-prey system. Analytically, it turns out that increasing the carrying capacity always leads to an u...

  15. Biotransformation of 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20) by denitrifying Pseudomonas sp. strain FA1.

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    Bhushan, Bharat; Paquet, Louise; Spain, Jim C; Hawari, Jalal

    2003-09-01

    The microbial and enzymatic degradation of a new energetic compound, 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazaisowurtzitane (CL-20), is not well understood. Fundamental knowledge about the mechanism of microbial degradation of CL-20 is essential to allow the prediction of its fate in the environment. In the present study, a CL-20-degrading denitrifying strain capable of utilizing CL-20 as the sole nitrogen source, Pseudomonas sp. strain FA1, was isolated from a garden soil. Studies with intact cells showed that aerobic conditions were required for bacterial growth and that anaerobic conditions enhanced CL-20 biotransformation. An enzyme(s) involved in the initial biotransformation of CL-20 was shown to be membrane associated and NADH dependent, and its expression was up-regulated about 2.2-fold in CL-20-induced cells. The rates of CL-20 biotransformation by the resting cells and the membrane-enzyme preparation were 3.2 +/- 0.1 nmol h(-1) mg of cell biomass(-1) and 11.5 +/- 0.4 nmol h(-1) mg of protein(-1), respectively, under anaerobic conditions. In the membrane-enzyme-catalyzed reactions, 2.3 nitrite ions (NO(2)(-)), 1.5 molecules of nitrous oxide (N(2)O), and 1.7 molecules of formic acid (HCOOH) were produced per reacted CL-20 molecule. The membrane-enzyme preparation reduced nitrite to nitrous oxide under anaerobic conditions. A comparative study of native enzymes, deflavoenzymes, and a reconstituted enzyme(s) and their subsequent inhibition by diphenyliodonium revealed that biotransformation of CL-20 is catalyzed by a membrane-associated flavoenzyme. The latter catalyzed an oxygen-sensitive one-electron transfer reaction that caused initial N denitration of CL-20. PMID:12957905

  16. Substrate-Dependent Regulation of Anaerobic Degradation Pathways for Toluene and Ethylbenzene in a Denitrifying Bacterium, Strain EbN1

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    Kühner, Simon; Wöhlbrand, Lars; Fritz, Ingo; Wruck, Wasco; Hultschig, Claus; Hufnagel, Peter; Kube, Michael; Reinhardt, Richard; Rabus, Ralf

    2005-01-01

    Anaerobic biodegradation of toluene and ethylbenzene is of environmental concern and biochemical interest due to toxicity and novel reactions, respectively. The denitrifying strain EbN1 is unique in anaerobically degrading both alkylbenzenes via different pathways which converge at benzoyl coenzyme A. The organization of genes involved in both pathways was only recently determined for strain EbN1. In the present study, global expression analysis (DNA microarray and proteomics) indicated involvement of several thus-far-unknown proteins in the degradation of both alkylbenzenes. For example, orf68 and orf57, framing the ebd operon, are implicated in ethylbenzene degradation, and the ebA1932 and ebA1936 genes, located 7.2 kb upstream of the bbs operon, are implicated in toluene degradation. In addition, expression studies were now possible on the level of the complete pathways. Growth experiments demonstrated that degradative capacities for toluene and ethylbenzene could be simultaneously induced, regardless of the substrate used for adaptation. Regulation was studied at the RNA (real-time reverse transcription-PCR and DNA microarray) and protein (two-dimensional-difference gel electrophoresis) level by using cells adapted to anaerobic growth with benzoate, toluene, ethylbenzene, or a mixture of toluene and ethylbenzene. Expression of the two toluene-related operons (bss and bbs) was specifically induced in toluene-adapted cells. In contrast, genes involved in anaerobic ethylbenzene degradation were induced in ethylbenzene- and toluene-adapted cells, suggesting that toluene may act as a gratuitous inducer. In agreement with the predicted sequential regulation of the ethylbenzene pathway, Ebd proteins (encoding subunits of ethylbenzene dehydrogenase) were formed in ethylbenzene- but not in acetophenone-adapted cells, while Apc proteins (subunits of predicted acetophenone carboxylase) were formed under both conditions. PMID:15687214

  17. Structure of denitrifying communities reducing N2O at suboxic waters off northern Chile and Perú / Estructura de las comunidades desnitrificantes que reducen N2O en aguas subóxicas del norte de Chile y Perú

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    Maribeb, Castro-González; Osvaldo, Ulloa; Laura, Farías.

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    Full Text Available El gen nosZ, el cual codifica para la reducción de N2O a N2, fue usado para estudiar la estructura de las comunidades desnitrificantes en la zona de mínimo oxígeno frente a las costas de Chile y Perú, a través del polimorfismo de los fragmentos largos de restricción terminal (PFLRT) y clonamiento de [...] los genes nosZ. El análisis del PFLRT mostró poca diversidad de genes nosZ en las profundidades subóxicas (núcleo de la zona de mínimo oxígeno-ZMO) comparado con las profundidades donde el O2 varío ampliamente (límite superior de la zona de mínimo oxígeno o LSZMO). Las comunidades desnitrificantes-nosZ presentaron diferencias en su estructura entre localidades geográficas y tiempo de muestreo sugiriendo asociación con la variación en las condiciones ambientales. El análisis de correspondencia canónica indicó que los parámetros ambientales seleccionados como variables predictoras (N2O, O2, NH4+ y NO2-) explicaron bien las diferencias en la composición de la comunidad nosZ entre sitios de muestreo. El análisis filogenético mostró poca diversidad de secuencias nosZ y agrupó el 81% de los clones cerca al clúster de secuencias de sedimentos del Pacífico. Las secuencias no se relacionaron con ninguna secuencia nosZ reportada en agua de mar, o de bacterias desnitrificantes conocidas, demostrando la novedad de los filotipos encontrados en esta área. Abstract in english The nosZ gene, which encodes for N2O reduction to N2, was used to study the structure of denitrifying communities in the oxygen minimum zone off Chilean and Peruvian coast throughout terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP) and cloning of nosZ genes. TRFLP analysis showed little div [...] ersity of nosZ genes at suboxic depths (Oxygen Minimum Zone´s core) compared with depths where O2 largely varied (upper limit of OMZ or ULOMZ). The nosZ-denitrifying communities showed differences in its structure between geographical locations and time sampling suggesting an association with the shift in the environmental conditions. The canonical correspondence analysis showed that the environmental parameters selected as predictor variables (N2O, O2, NH4+ and NO2-) explained well the differences in nosZ-denitrifying community composition among sampling sites. The phylogenetic analysis showed little nosZ sequence diversity and grouped 81% of nosZ-clones near the cluster of sediments sequences from Pacific. Our sequences did not branch with any known denitrifying bacteria or seawater nosZ-sequences available, demonstrating the novelty of phylotypes founded in this area.

  18. Anaerobic Initial Reaction of n-Alkanes in a Denitrifying Bacterium: Evidence for (1-Methylpentyl)succinate as Initial Product and for Involvement of an Organic Radical in n-Hexane Metabolism†

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    A novel type of denitrifying bacterium (strain HxN1) with the capacity to oxidize n-alkanes anaerobically with nitrate as the electron acceptor to CO2 formed (1-methylpentyl)succinate (MPS) during growth on n-hexane as the only organic substrate under strict exclusion of air. Identification of MPS by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was based on comparison with a synthetic standard. MPS was not formed during anaerobic growth on n-hexanoate. Anaerobic growth with [1-13C]n-hexane or d14-n-h...

  19. Developments in the uranium enrichment industry

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    Until a few years ago, the uranium enrichment market was characterized by one major supplier, one technology, on set of terms and conditions for supply, and ample capacity to meet demand. Now the market is passing through a period of extraordinary change and uncertainty. It is likely that some time will elapse before more stable conditions are restored. he present changes have been brought about by the introduction of new technologies and new suppliers, which has- resulted in a growing competition for shares of the market and a diversification of terms and conditions for supply. The major uncertainties are the size of the future market for enriched uranium and the closely related problem of whether too little, too much or adequate enrichment capacity to meet future demand will be available when needed. Lying further in the future is the possible development of new technologies for uranium enrichment. he world's major supplier, the United States Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), since mid-1974 has fully booked, under long-term contracts, its present and future committed capacity, and has since then been unable to accept new contracts. Also, the question of government or private ownership of enrichment facilities in the-USA has become controversial with the result that proposals for expansion of enrichment capacity, made in 1974, have not yet been decided on. (author)

  20. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's isotope enrichment program

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    The Isotope Enrichment Program (IEP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is responsible for the production and distribution of ?225 enriched stable isotopes from 50 multi-isotopic elements. In addition, ORNL distributes enriched actinide isotopes and provides extensive physical- and chemical-form processing of enriched isotopes to meet customer requirements. For more than 50 yr, ORNL has been a major provider of enriched isotopes and isotope-related services to research, medical, and industrial institutions throughout the world. Consolidation of the Isotope Distribution Office (IDO), the Isotope Research Materials Laboratory (IRML), and the stable isotope inventories in the Isotope Enrichment Facility (IEF) have improved operational efficiencies and customer services. Recent changes in the IEP have included adopting policies for long-term contracts, which offer program stability and pricing advantages for the customer, and prorated service charges, which greatly improve pricing to the small research users. The former U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Program has been converted to a lease program, which makes large-quantity or very expensive isotopes available for nondestructive research at a nominal cost. Current efforts are being pursued to improve and expand the isotope separation capabilities as well as the extensive chemical- and physical-form processing that now exists. The IEF's quality management system is ISO 9002 registered and accredited in the Unit02 registered and accredited in the United States, Canada, and Europe

  1. The proteome of cholesteryl-ester-enriched versus triacylglycerol-enriched lipid droplets.

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    Khor, Victor K; Ahrends, Robert; Lin, Ye; Shen, Wen-Jun; Adams, Christopher M; Roseman, Ann Nomoto; Cortez, Yuan; Teruel, Mary N; Azhar, Salman; Kraemer, Fredric B

    2014-01-01

    Within cells, lipids are stored in the form of lipid droplets (LDs), consisting of a neutral lipid core, surrounded by a phospholipid monolayer and an outer layer of protein. LDs typically accumulate either triacylglycerol (TAG) and diacylglycerol or cholesteryl ester (CE), depending on the type of tissue. Recently, there has been an increased interest in the proteins that surround LDs. LD proteins have been found to be quite diverse, from structural proteins to metabolic enzymes, proteins involved in vesicular transport, and proteins that may play a role in LD formation. Previous proteomics analyses have focused on TAG-enriched LDs, whereas CE-enriched LDs have been largely ignored. Our study has compared the LD proteins from CE-enriched LDs to TAG-enriched LDs in steroidogenic cells. In primary rat granulosa cells loaded with either HDL to produce CE-enriched LDs or fatty acids to produce TAG-enriched LDs, 61 proteins were found to be elevated in CE-enriched LDs and 40 proteins elevated in TAG-enriched LDs with 278 proteins in similar amounts. Protein expression was further validated by selected reaction monitoring (SRM) mass spectrometry (MS). SRM verified expression of 25 of 27 peptides that were previously detected by tandem mass tagging MS. Several proteins were confirmed to be elevated in CE-enriched LDs by SRM including the intermediate filament vimentin. This study is the first to compare the proteins found on CE-enriched LDs with TAG-enriched LDs and constitutes the first step in creating a better understanding of the proteins found on CE-enriched LDs in steroidogenic cells. PMID:25111084

  2. Three-dimensional non-linear fracture mechanics by enriched meshfree methods without asymptotic enrichment

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    Bordas, Ste?phane; Zi, G.; Rabczuk, T.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a three-dimensional, extrinsically enriched meshfree method for initiation, growth and coalescence of an arbitrary number of cracks in non-linear solids including large deformations, for statics and dynamics. The novelty of the methodology fashioned in this work is that only an extrinsic discontinuous enrichment and no near-tip/asymptotic enrichment is required. Instead, a Lagrange multiplier field is added along the crack front to close the crack along the front. This dec...

  3. Anaerobic degradation of propane and butane by sulfate-reducing bacteria enriched from marine hydrocarbon cold seeps.

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    Jaekel, Ulrike; Musat, Niculina; Adam, Birgit; Kuypers, Marcel; Grundmann, Olav; Musat, Florin

    2013-05-01

    The short-chain, non-methane hydrocarbons propane and butane can contribute significantly to the carbon and sulfur cycles in marine environments affected by oil or natural gas seepage. In the present study, we enriched and identified novel propane and butane-degrading sulfate reducers from marine oil and gas cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico and Hydrate Ridge. The enrichment cultures obtained were able to degrade simultaneously propane and butane, but not other gaseous alkanes. They were cold-adapted, showing highest sulfate-reduction rates between 16 and 20?°C. Analysis of 16S rRNA gene libraries, followed by whole-cell hybridizations with sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes showed that each enrichment culture was dominated by a unique phylotype affiliated with the Desulfosarcina-Desulfococcus cluster within the Deltaproteobacteria. These phylotypes formed a distinct phylogenetic cluster of propane and butane degraders, including sequences from environments associated with hydrocarbon seeps. Incubations with (13)C-labeled substrates, hybridizations with sequence-specific probes and nanoSIMS analyses showed that cells of the dominant phylotypes were the first to become enriched in (13)C, demonstrating that they were directly involved in hydrocarbon degradation. Furthermore, using the nanoSIMS data, carbon assimilation rates were calculated for the dominant cells in each enrichment culture. PMID:23254512

  4. Separable Bilayer Microfiltration Device for Viable Label-free Enrichment of Circulating Tumour Cells

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    Zhou, Ming-Da; Hao, Sijie; Williams, Anthony J.; Harouaka, Ramdane A.; Schrand, Brett; Rawal, Siddarth; Ao, Zheng; Brennaman, Randall; Gilboa, Eli; Lu, Bo; Wang, Shuwen; Zhu, Jiyue; Datar, Ram; Cote, Richard; Tai, Yu-Chong; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2014-12-01

    The analysis of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in cancer patients could provide important information for therapeutic management. Enrichment of viable CTCs could permit performance of functional analyses on CTCs to broaden understanding of metastatic disease. However, this has not been widely accomplished. Addressing this challenge, we present a separable bilayer (SB) microfilter for viable size-based CTC capture. Unlike other single-layer CTC microfilters, the precise gap between the two layers and the architecture of pore alignment result in drastic reduction in mechanical stress on CTCs, capturing them viably. Using multiple cancer cell lines spiked in healthy donor blood, the SB microfilter demonstrated high capture efficiency (78-83%), high retention of cell viability (71-74%), high tumour cell enrichment against leukocytes (1.7-2 × 103), and widespread ability to establish cultures post-capture (100% of cell lines tested). In a metastatic mouse model, SB microfilters successfully enriched viable mouse CTCs from 0.4-0.6 mL whole mouse blood samples and established in vitro cultures for further genetic and functional analysis. Our preliminary studies reflect the efficacy of the SB microfilter device to efficiently and reliably enrich viable CTCs in animal model studies, constituting an exciting technology for new insights in cancer research.

  5. Protein enrichment of apple pomace and use in feed for Nile tilapia.

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    Vendruscolo, Francielo; da Silva Ribeiro, Cristiéle; Esposito, Elisa; Ninow, Jorge Luiz

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the protein enrichment of apple pomace by Gongronella butleri through solid-state cultivation and addition of this material as feed for tilapia fry (Oreochromis niloticus). Factorial experimental design was used for the assessment of culture conditions to determine the effects of the source of nitrogen, initial moisture, and granulometry on the protein enrichment of apple pomace. During culture, the consumption of reducing sugars and the production of soluble protein were determined. The best conditions obtained were with urea (5% w/w), initial moisture of 70% and granulometry in the range from 0.85 to 1.70 mm, producing 19.63% of soluble protein. The fry submitted to the diet containing treated apple pomace presented an increase of 44% in body mass, demonstrating that apple pomace biotransformed may represent an excellent food supplement. PMID:18600303

  6. Isolation and Enrichment of Mouse Female Germ Line Stem Cells

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    Full Text Available Objective: The existence of female germ-line stem cells (FGSCs has been the subject of a wide range of recent studies. Successful isolation and culture of FGSCs could facilitate studies on regenerative medicine and infertility treatments in the near future. Our aim in the present study was evaluation of the most commonly used techniques in enrichment of FGSCs and in establishment of the best procedure. Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, after digesting neonate ovary from C57Bl/6 mice, we performed 2 different isolation experiments: magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS and pre-plating. MACS was applied using two different antibodies against mouse vasa homolog (MVH and stage-specific embryonic antigen-1 (SSEA1 markers. After the cells were passaged and proliferated in vitro, colony-forming cells were characterized using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR (for analysis of expression of Oct4, Nanog, C-kit, Fragilis, Mvh, Dazl, Scp3 and Zp3, alkaline phosphatase (AP activity test and immunocytochemistry. Results: Data showed that colonies can be seen more frequently in pre-plating technique than that in MACS. Using the SSEA1 antibody with MACS, 1.98 ± 0.49% (Mean ± SDV positive cells were yield as compared to the total cells sorted. The colonies formed after pre-plating expressed pluripotency and germ stem cell markers (Oct4, Nanog, C-kit, Fragilis, Mvh and Dazl whereas did not express Zp3 and Scp3 at the mRNA level. Immunocytochemistry in these colonies further confirmed the presence of OCT4 and MVH proteins, and AP activity measured by AP-kit showed positive reaction. Conclusion: We established a simple and an efficient pre-plating technique to culture and to enrich FGSCs from neonatal mouse ovaries.

  7. Enrichment of microbial community generating electricity using a fuel-cell-type electrochemical cell

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    Kim, B.H.; Kim, G.T.; Chang, I.S.; Lee, J.; Phung, N.T. [Water Environment and Remediation Research Center, Korea Inst. of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea); Park, H.S. [Water Environment and Remediation Research Center, Korea Inst. of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea); Samsung Engineering R and D Center, Yongin-Si (Korea); Kim, H.J. [Water Environment and Remediation Research Center, Korea Inst. of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea); Korea BioSystems Co. (Korea)

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    A fuel cell was used to enrich a microbial consortium generating electricity, using organic wastewater as the fuel. Within 30 days of enrichment the maximum current of 0.2 mA was generated with a resistance of 1 k{omega}. Current generation was coupled to a fall in chemical oxygen demand from over 1,700 mg 1{sup -1} down to 50 mg 1{sup -1}. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis showed a different microbial population in the enriched electrode from that in the sludge used as the inoculum. Electron microscopic observation showed a biofilm on the electrode surface and microbial clumps. Nanobacteria-like particles were present on the biofilm surface. Metabolic inhibitors and electron acceptors inhibited the current generation. 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis showed a diverse bacterial population in the enrichment culture. These findings demonstrate that an electricity-generating microbial consortium can be enriched using a fuel cell and that the electrochemical activity is a form of anaerobic electron transfer. (orig.)

  8. New clusters of arsenite oxidase and unusual bacterial groups in enrichments from arsenic-contaminated soil.

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    Sultana, Munawar; Vogler, Susann; Zargar, Kamrun; Schmidt, Anne-Christine; Saltikov, Chad; Seifert, Jana; Schlömann, Michael

    2012-07-01

    In the present study cultivation-dependent and molecular methods were applied in combination to investigate the arsenite-oxidizing communities in enrichment cultures from arsenic and lead smelter-impacted soils with respect to both 16S rRNA and arsenite oxidase gene diversity. Enrichments with arsenite as the only electron donor resulted in completely different communities than enrichments with yeast extract and the simultaneous presence of arsenite. The lithoautotrophic community appeared to be dominated by Ferrimicrobium-related Actinobacteria, unusual Acidobacteria, Myxobacteria, and ?-Proteobacteria but the heterotrophic community comprised many Dokdonella-related ?-Proteobacteria. Gene sequences of clones encoding arsenite oxidase from the enrichment for lithoautotrophs belonged to three major clusters with sequences from non-cultivated microorganisms. So, primers used to detect arsenite oxidase genes could amplify the genes from many ?-, ?- and ?-Proteobacteria, but not from various strains of the other phyla present in the enrichment for lithotrophs. This was also observed for the isolates where arsenite oxidase genes from new proteobacterial isolates of the genera Burkholderia, Bosea, Alcaligenes, Bradyrhizobium and Methylobacterium could be amplified but the genes of the new Rhodococcus isolate S43 could not. The results indicate that the ability to oxidize arsenite is widespread in various unusual taxa, and molecular methods for their detection require further improvement. PMID:22350109

  9. Evaluation and comparison of rapid methods for the detection of Salmonella in naturally contaminated pine nuts using different pre enrichment media.

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    Wang, Hua; Gill, Vikas S; Cheng, Chorng-Ming; Gonzalez-Escalona, Narjol; Irvin, Kari A; Zheng, Jie; Bell, Rebecca L; Jacobson, Andrew P; Hammack, Thomas S

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    Foodborne outbreaks, involving pine nuts and peanut butter, illustrate the need to rapidly detect Salmonella in low moisture foods. However, the current Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) culture method for Salmonella, using lactose broth (LB) as a pre enrichment medium, has not reliably supported real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays for certain foods. We evaluated two qPCR assays in LB and four other pre enrichment media: buffered peptone water (BPW), modified BPW (mBPW), Universal Pre enrichment broth (UPB), and BAX(®) MP media to detect Salmonella in naturally-contaminated pine nuts (2011 outbreak). A four-way comparison among culture method, Pathatrix(®) Auto, VIDAS(®) Easy SLM, and qPCR was conducted. Automated DNA extraction techniques were compared with manual extraction methods (boiling or InstaGene™). There were no significant differences (P > 0.05) among the five pre enrichment media for pine nuts using the culture method. While both qPCR assays produced significantly (P ? 0.05) higher false negatives in 24 h pre enriched LB than in the other four media, they were as sensitive as the culture method in BPW, mBPW, UPB, and BAX media. The VIDAS Easy and qPCR were equivalent; Pathatrix was the least effective method. The Automatic PrepSEQ™ DNA extraction, using 1000 ?L of pre enrichment, was as effective as manual extraction methods. PMID:25475267

  10. Treatment of Cultural Differences in Translation

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available With more and more frequent interaction between China and the West, translation plays an extremely important role in communication. Translation is no longer viewed as simple linguistic transference between two languages; cultural factors should be taken into consideration in translation process. This paper tries to analyze how the cultural differences should be dealt with in translation process. Three concrete methods are proposed to deal with different kinds of cultural factors: literal translation with cultural explanation, loan translation, and faithful translation. It is the translator’s responsibility to choose the best strategy to render cultural differences. This paper emphasizes that translation shoulders the responsibility of making the original culture intelligible to the target reader and enriching the target culture. Therefore, when a translator is confronted with cultural factors, he/she must try his/her best to overcome the untranslatability caused by the incomparability between two cultures by choosing proper translation strategies. Only through this way, the translator could play the medium role in disseminating culture.

  11. Media, Markets and Meaning: Placing Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation and Enrichment at Risk

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    This paper critically assesses the globally dominant pattern of complex relationship that obtains among mass media, market economics, and both cultural and environmental change. Making use of Buddhist conceptual resources that link the meaning of development, environmental conservation and attentional enrichment, the effects of consuming mass media commodities are evaluated in ways that are compatible with Bhutan's overarching commitments to enhancing Gross National Happiness (GNH). Contempor...

  12. Academic Culture and Campus Culture of Universities

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    Full Text Available Academic culture of universities mainly consists of academic outlooks, academic spirits, academic ethics and academic environments. Campus culture in a university is characterized by individuality, academic feature, opening, leading, variety and creativity. The academic culture enhances the construction of campus culture. The campus culture conditions and restricts the development of academic culture. The construction strategies of academic culture and campus culture are as follows: university should stick to its mission, enhance cultural confidence and cultural consciousness, integrate culture into the process of talent cultivation, promote cultural development and innovation.

  13. Making Connections through Cultural Memory, Cultural Performance, and Cultural Translation.

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    Irwin, Rita L.; Rogers, Tony; Wan, Yuh-Yao

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    Addresses the need for making connections between cultures, especially among Aboriginal and dominant cultures. Focuses on these themes: cultural memory, cultural performance, and cultural translation. Highlights three Aboriginal cultures on three continents (South Australia, Canada, and Taiwan) to encourage art educators and students to engage in…

  14. Urine culture - catheterized specimen

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    Culture - urine - catheterized specimen; Urine culture - catheterization; Catheterized urine specimen culture ... urinary tract infections may be found in the culture. This is called a contaminant. You may not ...

  15. 75 FR 21680 - GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC;

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    ...GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC for a license to...and to enrich natural uranium to a maximum of 8 percent...U-235 by a laser-based enrichment process at a proposed...authorization to construct a uranium enrichment facility, a...

  16. Isolation of enriched carp spermatogonial stem cells from Labeo rohita testis for in vitro propagation.

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    Panda, R P; Barman, H K; Mohapatra, C

    2011-07-15

    The in vitro culture system for spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) is a powerful tool for exploring molecular mechanisms of male gametogenesis and gene manipulation. Very little information is available for fish SSC biology. Our aim was to isolate highly pure SSCs from the testis of commercially important farmed carp, Labeo rohita. The minced testis of L. rohita was dissociated with collagenase. Dissociated cells purified by two-step Ficoll gradient centrifugation followed by magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS) using Thy1.2 (CD90.2) antibody dramatically heightened recovery rate for spermatogonial cells. The purified cells were cultured in vitro conditions for more than two months in L-15 media containing 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 1% carp serum, and other nutrients. The proliferative cells were dividing as validated by 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) incorporation assay and formed colonies/clumps with the typical characteristics of SSCs A majority of enriched cell population represented a Vasa(+), Pou5f1/pou5f1(+), Ssea-1(+), Tra-1-81(+), plzf(+), Gfr?1/gfr?1(-), and c-Kit/c-kit(-) as detected by immunocytochemical and/or quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analyses. Thus, Thy1(+) SSCs were enriched with greater efficiency from the mixed population of testicular cells of L. rohita. A population of enriched spermatogonial cells could be cultured in an undifferentiated state. The isolated SSCs could provide avenue for undertaking research on basic and applied reproductive biology. PMID:21496900

  17. Selenium speciation using HPLC-ICP-MS in selenium-enriched duckweed (Lemna minor)

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    Complete text of publication follows. The HPLC-ICP-MS for speciation analysis of selenium was developed and applied to selenium enriched duckweed (Lemna minor). The duckweed in Hoagland's E-medium containing Se from sodium selenate in the concentration of 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 mg/L was cultured. The effect of selenium supplemented concentration and cultured periods (0-8 days) were studied. The results revealed that the optimum concentration of supplemented Se and cultured period were 10 mg/L and 6 days, respectively. The Se-enriched duckweed samples (whole plant) were dried and homogenized. The 0.1 M HCl in 10% methanol extracts were analyzed. Selenium speciation was carried out by ion-pairing HPLC (2.5 mM sodium 1-butanesulfonate, 8 mM tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide and trifluoro acetic acid at pH 4.5). The organic selenium species found in the extract was selenomethylcysteine, selenomethionine and others unknown species. The percentage contributions of selenium in both species of the total selenium were 0.6 and 1.0%, respectively. It can be seen that Se-enriched duckweed can feasibility be a dietary source of Se. The authors would like to thank Center of Excellence for Innovation in Chemistry (PERCH-CIC), Commission on Higher Education, Ministry of Education for financial support.

  18. Status report on uranium enrichment associates

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    Uranium Enrichment Associates (UEA) had as its priority project financing, an approach in which the total project is financially self-liquidating. UEA worked with financial institutions to define the combination of assurances and guarantees required by lenders in order to provide the required debt funding. UEA's assets against which the debt liability for the plant would be balanced would be the facilities under construction and the equipment on order. On the customer side, there was major concern on the part of the utilities of whether private industry would be able to complete and operate the plant owing to many of the same possibilities which concerned financial institutions. The disparity between the conditions under which financing could be obtained and the terms acceptable to utilities was a significant element in EUA's choice of process to use for its enrichment plants. UEA's technical staff then began to parallel conceptual designs of gaseous diffusion and gas cenrifuge plants. UEA negotiated with ERDA on the terms of a Cooperative Arrangement, within the provisions of the NFAA, providing the minimum conditions necessary to obtain financing and contracts with utilities for enrichment sources. The UEA plant has several features different from the ERDA plants. The UEA plant used only two basic stage sizes. The UEA design employed four main process buildings. The partners in UEA have mutually agreed to follow the private uranium enrichment project to a logical couranium enrichment project to a logical conclusion. 6 figures

  19. Uranium enrichment by chemical exchange method

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    Pure natural uranium is the mixture of uranium-238 (99.28%), uranium-235 (0.71%) and uranium-234 (0.01%). Among these, only uranium-235 causes continuous nuclear fission by the collision with neutrons, and can be used as the fuel for nuclear reactors. In the case of LWRs, the ratio of uranium-235 must be raised to about 3% to use as the fuel. As the existing methods of uranium enrichment, there are gas diffusion method and centrifugal separation method. It is theoretically possible to separate and enrich isotopes utilizing the very slight difference of their chemical properties. Asahi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., started the research on the uranium enrichment by chemical exchange method in 1972, and successfully improved the performance of enrichment up to the level that the enrichment by this method has the sufficient possibility to be put in practical use in future. The chemical reaction used as the base of this method is the oxidation-reduction reaction between six-valent uranyl ions and four-valent uranous ions. The principle of this method and the concept of the practical plant comprising four columns, and the features of this method are explained. It is expected to advance the development stage to a model plant hereafter, and the government subsidy was granted. (Kako, I.)

  20. Trend of technical development of uranium enrichment

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    The techniques of uranium enrichment by centrifugal method developed by the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation has come to the stage to make a new step toward a commercial plant this summer when the pilot plant started the operation partially. The informations concerning centrifuges have not been published in various countries in the world as well as Japan in view of the prevention of nuclear proliferation. The separation capability can be increased by increasing the peripheral speed and the length of rotating drums of centrifuges. The peripheral speed is limited by the material of rotating drums, and the length of rotating drums is limited by the vibration. The centrifuges in Japan are super-critical machines. The uranium enrichment by centrifugal method was carried out successfully in 1969 for the first time in Japan. On the other hand, the uranium enrichment by gas diffusion method was carried out by the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in the same year. It was decided in 1972 to develop the centrifugal method as one of the national projects, and the development of centrifuge units and the cascade test were carried out. The Ningyo Pass pilot plant consists of 7,000 centrifuges, and is constructed in three stages. The enrichment plants in foreign countries and the situations around uranium enrichment are explained. (Kako, I.)

  1. A unified enrichment scheme for fracture problems

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    An enrichment scheme is presented in the framework of the extended finite element method (XFEM) that is independent of the material model. In the case of linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM), i.e. brittle fracture, stresses are singular at the crack-tip, whereas, in the case of cohesive fracture models, i.e. quasi-brittle cracks, stresses are finite at the crack-tip. Despite of the stress situation at the crack-tip, stresses are always finite in the region near the crack-tip and have a high gradient in the near-tip region. In order to cover almost all the stress gradients near the crack-tip, an optimal set of enrichment functions is found that can interpolate all the near-tip stress gradients starting from a large gradient that can no longer be captured by a standard FEM up to the situation where the gradient is almost infinite. An optimization study is conducted in order to find the optimal set of enrichment functions with respect to some error criterion. Test cases for static and quasi-static cracks are presented to show the usefulness and robustness of the proposed technique. In the case of brittle fracture, better results are achieved as compared to those obtained by the classical branch enrichments. The enrichment scheme is also used for the case of cohesive fracture and excellent agreement to available benchmarks is achieved.

  2. The enriched chromium neutrino source for GALLEX

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    The preparation and study of an intense source of neutrinos in the form of neutron irradiated materials which are enriched in Cr-50 for use in the GALLEX solar neutrino experiment are discussed. Chromyl fluoride gas is enriched in the Cr-50 isotope by gas centrifugation and subsequently converted to a very stable form of chromium oxide. The results of neutron activation analyses of such chromium samples indicate low levels of any long-lived activities, but show that short-lived activities, in particular Na-24, may be of concern. These results show that irradiating chromium oxide enriched in Cr-50 is preferable to irradiating either natural chromium or argon gas as a means of producing a neutrino source to calibrate the GALLEX detector. These results of the impurity level analysis of the enriched chromyl fluoride gas and its conversion to the oxide are also of interest to work in progress by other members of the Collaboration investigating an alternative conversion of the enriched gas to chromium metal. 35 refs., 12 figs., 5 tabs

  3. Paramilitary Culture.

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    Gibson, James William

    1989-01-01

    Identifies the movie, "Rambo," and "Soldier of Fortune" magazine as artifacts of "paramilitary culture." Contends that they are a social phenomenon which helps legitimate the United States government's rapid escalation of military forces. (MS)

  4. Response of denitrifying genes coding for nitrite (nirK or nirS) and nitrous oxide (nosZ) reductases to different physico-chemical parameters during agricultural waste composting.

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    Zhang, Lihua; Zeng, Guangming; Zhang, Jiachao; Chen, Yaoning; Yu, Man; Lu, Lunhui; Li, Hui; Zhu, Yuan; Yuan, Yujie; Huang, Aizhi; He, Ling

    2015-05-01

    The present research was performed to clarify the changes of denitrifying genes (nirK, nirS, and nosZ) abundances under different physico-chemical parameters through evaluating the relationships between the genes abundances and parameters during agricultural waste composting. The genes abundances were determined by real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). The correlations between physico-chemical parameters and denitrifying genes abundances were analysed by regression analysis. qPCR results showed that the nosZ gene abundance was higher than that of nirK and nirS genes. The nirK gene abundance was higher than nirS gene indicating that nitrite reducers with Cu-containing enzyme encoded by nirK gene were more of importance than those with cytochrome cd1 nitrite reductase encoded by nirS gene in the nitrite reduction step. Regression analysis suggested that (1) nirK gene abundance was correlated with pile temperature following quadratic model; (2) nirS gene abundance was linearly correlated with pile temperature and concentration of NH4 (+), while correlated with concentration of NO3 (-) and pH following inverse and quadratic model respectively; (3) nosZ gene abundance was quadratically correlated with pH and linearly correlated with water soluble carbon (WSC). PMID:25877886

  5. Cultural considerations in the criminal law: the sentencing process.

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    Boehnlein, James K; Schaefer, Michele N; Bloom, Joseph D

    2005-01-01

    In forensic psychiatry, there is increasing recognition of the importance of culture and ethnicity in the criminal justice process as the population becomes more culturally diverse. However, there has been little consideration of the role of cultural factors in the trial process for criminal defendants, particularly in the sentencing phase of trial. Using a capital murder case study, this article explores the role of cultural forensic psychiatric consultation, focusing on the sentencing phase of trial as the place where the full scope and power of a cultural evaluation can be brought most effectively to the attention of the court. Cultural psychiatric perspectives can enrich a core forensic evaluation and be maximally helpful to the court, by exploring family dynamics and psychological health influenced by cultural history, immigrant and refugee experiences, and sociocultural environment. Specific recommendations and cautions for effective cultural consultation in forensic psychiatry are discussed. PMID:16186197

  6. Dry storage of highly enriched uranium fuel

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    Over the past 40 years the Department of Energy (DOE) has operated test reactors using high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel. Originally the spent fuel was reprocessed for uranium recovery and reuse. With the discontinuation of reprocessing, long-term storage of the spent fuel needs to be addressed. Presently the spent fuel is being stored in water cooled storage basins. Recent inspections of existing fuel shows evidence of degradation, indicating water storage may not be the most viable method for long-term storage. Dry fuel storage (DFS) has been performed with commercial low-enriched fuel but not on high enriched government fuels. This paper summarizes the strategy adopted by Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company (WINCO) to demonstrate the safe dry storage of DOE HEU fuels

  7. Energy consumption of chemical uranium enrichment

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    A quantitative study of chemical separation energy for enriching uranium-235 by the redox chromatography was conducted. Isotope exchange reactions between U4+-UO22+ ions in the enrichment column are maintained by the redox reactions. The chemical separation energy is ultimately supplied by hydrogen and oxygen gas for regenerating redox agents. The redox energy for the isotope separation is theoretically predicted as a function of the dynamic enrichment factor observed in the chromatographic development of uranium adsorption band. Thermodynamic treatments of the equilibrium reactions implies and inverse redox reaction which can be enhanced by the chemical potential of the ion-exchange reaction of oxidant. Experimental results showed 30 to 90% recovery of the redox energy by the inverse reaction. These results will devise a simplified redox chromatography process where a number of columns in one module is reduced

  8. Method of deuterium isotope separation and enrichment

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    A method of deuterium isotope separation and enrichment using infrared laser technology in combination with chemical processes for treating and recycling the unreacted and deuterium-depleted starting materials is described. Organic molecules of the formula RX (where R is an ethyl, isopropyl, t-butyl, or cyclopentenyl group and X is F, Cl, Br or OH) containing a normal abundance of hydrogen and deuterium are exposed to intense laser infrared radiation. An olefin containing deuterium (olefin D) will be formed, along with HX. The enriched olefin D can be stripped from the depleted stream of RX and HX, and can be burned to form enriched water or pyrolyzed to produce hydrogen gas with elevated deuterium content. The depleted RX is decomposed to olefins and RX, catalytically exchanged with normal water to restore the deuterium content to natural levels, and recombined to form RX which can be recycled. (LL)

  9. 77 FR 1059 - Low Enriched Uranium From France: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review

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    2012-01-09

    ...from AREVA, ``Low Enriched Uranium from France,'' dated December...from AREVA, ``Low Enriched Uranium from France,'' dated December...subsidiary, United States Enrichment Corporation (collectively...the order is all low enriched uranium (LEU). LEU is enriched...

  10. Academic Culture and Campus Culture of Universities

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    Xi Shen; Xianghong Tian

    2012-01-01

    Academic culture of universities mainly consists of academic outlooks, academic spirits, academic ethics and academic environments. Campus culture in a university is characterized by individuality, academic feature, opening, leading, variety and creativity. The academic culture enhances the construction of campus culture. The campus culture conditions and restricts the development of academic culture. The construction strategies of academic culture and campus culture are as follows: universit...

  11. Compared economic features of enrichment processes

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    Several attempts made in the past have shown that comparing economic features of enrichment processes is a difficult endeavour. The separative work cost concept can be used as a guiding criteria, but other aspects are also important. Dealing solely with enrichment costs leads to qualify the various items which appear in the cost breakdowns of separative work delivered by various enrichment processes. Among these items, a broad distinction can be made between intrinsic characteristics of the processes (i.e. component sophistication, operating staff, energy consumption, material hold-up, etc.) and economic features or assumptions of a more general nature (costs of manpower; rates of return, energy, inflation, etc.). The paper briefly reviews these various aspects and points out some of the difficulties met in attempting comparisons: for instance, the processes under survey rarely attain the same state of development and the general economic backgrounds vary from one country to another. Moreover, differences appear when coping with a real plant project instead of a simple didactic exercise. Although it can hardly be quantified, the ability of the project's sponsoring team then becomes of prime importance. The conclusion of this short paper can only be expressed in very cautious terms. Attaining low enrichment costs is undoubtedly a stimulating challenge which every enrichment producer keeps in mind. But there are many ways to attain or maintain competitivity. Beyond suchain or maintain competitivity. Beyond such endeavours, one may simply express the wish to see fair pricing applied within a large and healthy enrichment market. (author). 2 figs, 1 tab

  12. Cultural Robotics: The Culture of Robotics and Robotics in Culture

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    Hooman Samani; Elham Saadatian; Natalie Pang; Doros Polydorou; Owen Noel Newton Fernando; Ryohei Nakatsu; Jeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino Koh

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the concept of "Cultural Robotics" with regard to the evolution of social into cultural robots in the 21st Century. By defining the concept of culture, the potential development of a culture between humans and robots is explored. Based on the cultural values of the robotics developers, and the learning ability of current robots, cultural attributes in this regard are in the process of being formed, which would define the new concept of cultural robotics. Ac...

  13. Garrett Nuclear Corporation gas centrifuge enrichment plant

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    A description is given of the salient features of a 3000000 Separative Work Units (SWU)/yr uranium enrichment plant utilizing the gas centrifuge process. The key program accomplishments of ERDA's multicontractor gas centrifuge research and development program, which has been active since 1961, also are discussed. In addition to describing the physical and general functional features of the plant, some insight is provided as to the plant operational modes available to satisfy the complex requirements of the uranium enrichment market in a manner responsive to the utility customer's economic interests. 6 refs

  14. Egg enrichment with vitamins and trace minerals

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    Schiavone, Achille

    2011-01-01

    The vitamin and trace mineral enrichment of eggs can be chieved by manipulating the diet of laying hens. Eggs enriched with certain trace minerals, vitamins and a variety of bioactive substances can be an excellent source of these substances in human diets. Several studies have confi rmed that it is possible to produce novel eggs with an enhanced level of some important trace minerals (in particular Se, I, Fe and Zn) and vitamins, in particular fat-soluble ones (vitamin E, A and D), but a...

  15. Culturally Responsive Teaching: Understanding Disability Culture

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    Darrow, Alice-Ann

    2013-01-01

    To be culturally responsive teachers, we must first have an understanding of other cultures and how students from these cultures differ from one another. As we consider the many cultures represented in our classrooms, we might also consider students with disabilities as a cultural group. Within any main culture are subgroups differentiated by…

  16. Invisible Culture

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    What is invisible culture? In this instance, it is an electronic journal produced by the Visual & Cultural Studies graduate program within the Art and Art History Department at the University of Rochester. The journal was founded in 1998 under the editorship of Mario Caro and edited by a host of talented individuals since then. Currently, there are nineteen issues available online, including "Interrogating Subcultures," "The Loop as a Temporal Form," and "Making Sense of Visual Culture." Each issue contains thoughtful commentary, complemented by various slideshows of images and other complementary materials. One of the more recent issues takes on the world of the TV show "Mad Men" with the piece "Serializing the Past: Re-Evaluating History in Mad Men."

  17. Postmodern Culture

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    Somehow it is not surprising that a journal titled Postmodern Culture would find a home on the Internet, which itself is a bricoleur of many different forms and styles, akin to the very notion of postmodernism. Located online since 1990, Postmodern Culture "has become the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures." The journal itself is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, with assistance by the University of Virginia and Vassar College. Visitors to the site can browse the entire contents of the current volume, and may browse through the text-only archive, which is also made available here. The current edition contains pieces by Chris Bongie titled "Exiles on Main Stream: Valuing the Popularity of Postcolonial Literature" and a trenchant exchange by Leonard Wilcox and Brad Butterfield on "Baudrillard, September 11, and the Haunting Abyss of Reversal."

  18. Combined Effects of Temperature and Nutrient Enrichment on Palatability of the Brown Alga Sargassum yezoense (Yamada Yoshida & T. Konno

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    Hikaru Endo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Global warming is predicted to strengthen marine plant-herbivore interactions. However, little is known about the effect of temperature on palatability and the associated chemical composition of marine macroalgae. To study the effects of physiological stress caused by the warm water temperatures and nutrient-poor conditions that occur during summer, we cultured the brown alga Sargassum yezoense at three different temperatures (16°C, 22°C, and 28°C in both nutrient-enriched and non-enriched media. We then compared phlorotannin (i.e., defensive compounds and nitrogen concentrations of S. yezoense as well as consumption rate by the sea urchin Hemicetrotus pulcherrimus among the treatment groups. No effect of culture temperature on phlorotannin and ni-trogen concentrations or consumption rate was detected. Nutrient enrichment resulted in decreased phlorotannin concentration and increased nitrogen concentration. Although nutrient enrichment did not affect consumption rate, a positive correlation between nitrogen concentration and consumption rate was detected. In contrast, there was no correlation between phlorotannin concentration and consumption rate. These results suggested that palatability of S. yezoense to H. pulcherrimus might not be affected by elevated temperature but that it could increase with nutrient enrichment.

  19. Uranium enrichment processes in peraluminous magmatism

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    The main magmatic differentiation process in peraluminous granites consists of the progressive removal of poorly soluble mineral species and a correlated enrichment of incompatible elements. In leucocratic evolved facies, uranium is mainly located in uraninite crystals. On the other hand, uranium in the cafemic facies is mainly located in accessory minerals weakly soluble in peraluminous magma (monazite, zircon, apatite). The whole rock uraniun content increases with the evolution grade of the magma. Additional uranium enrichments are related to uraninite concentrations in late magmatic (viscous state) shear zones associated with mineralogical evidence of an orthoderived fluid phase (rich in F, B, Li, Sn, Be, phosphate, Zr and light rare earth elements (LREE)). This fluid is related to adjacent (in a vicinity of tens to hundreds of metres) endogranitic intrusions displaying a syntectonic emplacement. Such late magmatic uraninite enrichments related to highly evolved granitic facies are observed in many major intragranitic deposits. The partial preservation of such anomalous uranium contents through supergene alteration (in west European examples) is demonstrated and therefore careful ground surface sampling may provide a rough estimation of original uranium behaviour. The early processes obviously account for a strong increase of the available uranium stock but subsolidus redistribution and concentration are other decisive factors. Hence, it appears that the uraniferotors. Hence, it appears that the uraniferous fertility (i.e. the known ore bodies) of a granitic massif is mostly related to the extent of the spatial overlap between structurally controlled magmatic enrichments and hydrothermal reworkings. (author). 69 refs, 10 figs. 2 tabs

  20. Optimized construction of microsatellite-enriched libraries

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    The construction of simple sequence repeat (SSR) libraries is an indispensable tool to search for molecular markers as complete genome sequences are still not available for the majority of species of interest. Numerous protocols are available in the literature for the construction of SSR-enriched l...

  1. Topical papers on uranium conversion and enrichment

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    Uranium conversion and enrichment are discussed in 5 papers by representatives of the USA, Great Britain and Switzerland. The state of the art is reviewed, and future prospects are given. Supply assurance is directly related to the necessary production capacities and the supply agreements

  2. Low-enriched fuel particle performance review

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    The available data on low-enriched (LEU) fuel particles were reviewed under the United States-Federal Republic of Germany Agreement. The most influential factors controlling the irradiation performance of LEU fuel particles were found to be plutonium transport, fission product transport, fuel particle mechanical performance and fuel particle chemical performande. (orig.)

  3. Low-enriched fuel particle performance review

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    The available data on low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel particles were reviewed under the United States-Federal Republic of Germany Agreement. The most influential factors controlling the irradiation performance of LEU fuel particles were found to be plutonium transport, fission product transport, fuel particle mechanical performance, and fuel particle chemical performance

  4. Biodiesel Lab Exercise with Hydrogen Enrichment

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    The "Biodiesel Lab Exercise with Hydrogen Enrichment" is part of the 2012 SEET Energy Webinar series of presentations, created as an instructional material project during ATEEC/CSM's Sustainable Energy Education and Training (SEET) Workshop for high school and community college energy technology instructors. This resource is free to download. Users must first create a login with ATEEC's website to access the file.

  5. 21 CFR 137.165 - Enriched flour.

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    2010-04-01

    ...ingredients, prescribed for flour by § 137.105, except that...milligrams per pound. Enriched flour may be acidified with monocalcium...137.175 for phosphated flour, but, if insufficient additional...than 5 percent by weight of wheat germ or partly defatted...

  6. Withdrawal assay monitoring at US Enrichment Facilities

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    The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) controls two uranium enrichment facilities that produce enriched uranium for both military and commercial use. The process requires both feed and withdrawal operations. The withdrawal process requires both product (enriched uranium) withdrawal stations and tails (depleted uranium) withdrawal stations. A previous prototype system, ''X-330 Tails Cylinder Assay Monitor,'' was developed as a demonstration for the tails withdrawal station at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS). The prototype system was done in response to potential problems with the original method for determining the hourly weighted assay averages that are used to calculate the final weighted assay of the cylinder. In the original method the 235U assay of uranium hexaflouride withdrawn from PORTS cascade into tails cylinders is determined every 5 min by measurements from an in-line assay mass spectrometer. An average value for a 1-h period is then calculated by area control room personnel and assigned to the accumulated weight in the cylinder for the period. A potential problem with this method is that cylinder weight is not automatically recorded as often as the assay. The assay and withdrawal rate can both vary during the given period. This variation results in inaccuracies in the hourly weighted assays that are used to calculate the final weighted assay of the cylinder. Laboratory analysis is considered to be the most accurate method for determining the final cylinder assay; however, the cost and safety considerations of redundant cylinder handling limit the number of cylinders sampled to less than 10%

  7. Feasibility of uranium enrichment in Australia

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    The Council considered that provided the balance between costs and markets was found to be acceptable, there was no valid reason against the Government proceeding with a study on the feasibility of, and perhaps participating in the establishment of a commercial uranium enrichment industry in Australia. Areas covered include technical expertise and industrial structure in Australia, environmental aspects and safeguards

  8. Seniors’ experiences of visual art environmental enrichment

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    Lars Olov Bygren

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The present study aimed at determining whether short-term exposure to art in shared common areas in congregate housing units could affect health and health determinants among the residents. Ten residents (mean age 80.4 years at one block were exposed to visual art environmental enrichment in common areas over a period of three months. Thirteen persons (mean age 86.6 years living in another block played in-house boule. Cornell’s test, Mini-Mental tests (MMT, and face recognition test were performed to assess depression, cognition, and episodic memory, respectively before and after the intervention. The results show that visual art environmental enrichment in common areas and lack of stimulating and guiding dialogues show a change in depression scores in the intervention group (p = 0.018 and the control group (p = 0.009. MMT scores improved only in the control group (p = 0.003. No changes in episodic memory in any of the groups were observed. It could be concluded that in order to obtain a positive result of short term visual art environmental enrichment, guiding art dialogues conducted by nurses, as described in previous research, should be added to visual art environmental enrichment in healthcare settings.

  9. Investigations of copper ores enrichment process

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    The radiotracer method for process dynamics investigation has been presented especially in relation to copper ores enrichment technology. The practical use of obtained results can lead to improvement of process efficiency and elevation of product quality. The method can be successfully used for flow process investigation also in other branches of industry

  10. Reduced enrichment fuelling of research reactors

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    The International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation Study Report in 1980 identified over 150 research reactors in more than 35 countries, operating at powers between 10 kW and 250 MW using highly enriched uranium. Because of the associated proliferation risks, RERTR (Reduced Enrichment Research and Test Reactors) programs were established in a number of countries. Their aim was to investigate the feasibility and to develop technical means by which as many as possible of these reactors might be converted to use fuel of lower enrichment, preferably of less than 20% 235U, which is internationally regarded as an adequate isotopic barrier to weapons usability. A simplified, general review of some RERTR activities, including the technical principles of successful conversion and some associated fuel development programs is attempted in this paper. To illustrate conversion feasibility studies, a selection of results from enrichment reduction calculations for the AAEC's 10 MW Dido-type heavy-water-moderated reactor HIFAR and 100 kW UTR-type reactor Moata is presented. (author)

  11. Implementing the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Brazil

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    de Souza Fleith, Denise; Soriano de Alencar, Eunice M. L.

    2010-01-01

    The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) has been one of the most widely used models in the education of the gifted in Brazil. It has inspired the political and pedagogical project of the Centers of Activities of High Abilities/Giftedness recently implemented in 27 Brazilian states by the Ministry of Education. In this article, our experience in…

  12. Isotope enrichment applied to nuclear reactor engineering

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    The interest on isotopes and its applications increased considerably with the discovering of nuclear energy. Nowadays, about 200 isotopes are used in different areas of the human activity, such as energy generation and medicine. With the increase in the knowledge of materials, nuclear science and in the demand for materials with special properties, there is an increase in the interest for isotopes in order to tune special material properties. Particularly, in the nuclear area, besides the interest in materials for fission, there is a demand for enrichment of elements with high neutron absorption cross section, like Boron-10, for reactivity control and shield. The fourth generation reactors are expected to work with advanced fuels like nitrides and, in this case, it is considered to enrich nitrogen with the isotope 15N in order to avoid Carbon-14 formation. Lead cooled reactors are also considered and the use of Lead-206 is desired in order to avoid Polonium formation. So, there is a new economic area of interest, highly technological, based on the capacity to create, to separate and to enrich isotopes with special characteristics for specific applications. In this paper it is presented a brief survey of the isotopes utilized in nuclear reactor engineering area. And, also, a brief description of the advanced fast reactor project - TERRA ('Tecnologia de Reatores Rapidos Avancados'), where separation and enrichment technologies will be applied. (author)hnologies will be applied. (author)

  13. In vitro enrichment of ovarian cancer tumor-initiating cells.

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    House, Carrie D; Hernandez, Lidia; Annunziata, Christina M

    2015-01-01

    Evidence suggests that small subpopulations of tumor cells maintain a unique self-renewing and differentiation capacity and may be responsible for tumor initiation and/or relapse. Clarifying the mechanisms by which these tumor-initiating cells (TICs) support tumor formation and progression could lead to the development of clinically favorable therapies. Ovarian cancer is a heterogeneous and highly recurrent disease. Recent studies suggest TICs may play an important role in disease biology. We have identified culture conditions that enrich for TICs from ovarian cancer cell lines. Growing either adherent cells or non-adherent 'floater' cells in a low attachment plate with serum free media in the presence of growth factors supports the propagation of ovarian cancer TICs with stem cell markers (CD133 and ALDH activity) and increased tumorigenicity without the need to physically separate the TICs from other cell types within the culture. Although the presence of floater cells is not common for all cell lines, this population of cells with innate low adherence may have high tumorigenic potential.Compared to adherent cells grown in the presence of serum, TICs readily form spheres, are significantly more tumorigenic in mice, and express putative stem cell markers. The conditions are easy to establish in a timely manner and can be used to study signaling pathways important for maintaining stem characteristics, and to identify drugs or combinations of drugs targeting TICs. The culture conditions described herein are applicable for a variety of ovarian cancer cells of epithelial origin and will be critical in providing new information about the role of TICs in tumor initiation, progression, and relapse. PMID:25742116

  14. Culture shock

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    Adrian Furham

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the popular concept of culture shock. From the academic perspective co-researchers from different disciplines (anthropology, education, psychiatry, psychology, sociology have attempted to operationalise the concept and understand the process behind it. It represents fifty years of research using different methodologies and trying to answer different questions about the experience of travel for many reasons. This paper also considers issues concerned with the “overseas” student, of which there are ever more, travelling abroad to study. They can have serious culture shock difficulties. Implications of this research are considered

  15. Cultural Calendar

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    2012-01-01

    This activity combines cultural exploration with identifying number patterns and provides an opportunity for learners to explore how different cultures celebrate a specific date in different ways. Students make a calendar for a month in another country or historical period. They could choose a country, such as India or China that uses different numerals or go back to ancient Mayan times, using the Mayan number system to make a calendar for a month. Available as a web page and downloadable PDF. Blank calendar template is also available as a downloadable PDF.

  16. A protocol for isolation and enriched monolayer cultivation of neural precursor cells from mouse dentate gyrus

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    GerdKempermann

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available In vitro assays are valuable tools to study the characteristics of adult neural precursor cells under controlled conditions with a defined set of parameters. We here present a detailed protocol based on our previous original publication (Babu et al., Enriched monolayer precursor cell cultures from micro-dissected adult mouse dentate gyrus yield functional granule cell-like neurons, PLoS One 2007, 2:e388 to isolate neural precursor cells from the hippocampus of adult mice and maintain and propagate them as adherent monolayer cultures. The strategy is based on the use of Percoll density gradient centrifugation to enrich precursor cells from the micro-dissected dentate gyrus. Based on the expression of Nestin and Sox2, a culture-purity of more than 98% can be achieved. The cultures are expanded under serum-free conditions in Neurobasal A medium with addition of the mitogens EGF and FGF2 as well as the supplements Glutamax-1 and B27. Under differentiation conditions, the precursor cells reliably generate approximately 30% neurons with appropriate morphological, molecular and electrophysiological characteristics that might reflect granule cell properties as their in vivo counterpart. We also highlight potential modifications to the protocol.

  17. Optimal tails assays for multiple suppliers providing multiple enrichments

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    Enriched uranium accounts for 75% ($41 million) of the total cost ($55 million) of a typical fuel batch. Therefore, a suboptimal choice of enrichment tails assays can cause significant cost increases. This paper presents a method for determining the optimal tails assays when multiple suppliers of enrichment services [separative work units (SWUs)] provide multiple enrichments. Traditionally, the prices of the natural uranium feed and the SWU have determined the optimal (i.e., cost-minimizing) tails assay that, with one enrichment supplier, is enrichment-independent. In that case, the mathematical optimization is straightforward

  18. Enrichment measurement in TRIGA type fuels

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    The Department of Energy of the United States of North America, through the program 'Idaho Operations Nuclear Spent Fuel Program' of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL), in Idaho Falls; Idaho USA, hires to Global Technologies Inc. (GTI) to develop a prototype device of detection enrichment uranium (DEU Detection of Enrichment of Uranium) to determine quantitatively the enrichment in remainder U-235 in a TRIGA fuel element at the end of it useful life. The characteristics of the prototype developed by GTI are the following ones: It allows to carry out no-destructive measurements of TRIGA type fuel. Easily transportable due to that reduced of it size. The determination of the enrichment (in grams of U-235) it is obtained with a precision of 5%. The National Institute of Nuclear Research (ININ), in its facilities of the Nuclear Center of Mexico, it has TRIGA type fuel of high and low enrichment (standard and FLIP) fresh and with burnt, it also has the infrastructure (hot cells, armor-plating of transport, etc) and qualified personnel to carry out the necessary maneuvers to prove the operation of the DEU prototype. For this its would be used standard type fuel elements and FLIP, so much fresh as with certain burnt one. In the case of the fresh fuels the measurement doesn't represent any risk, the fuels before and after the measurement its don't contain a quantity of fission products that its represent a radiological risk in its manipulation; but in the case of the fuels with burnt the handling of the same ones represents an important radiological risk reason why for its manipulation it was used the transport armor-plating and the hot cells. (Author)

  19. Real-time pathogen monitoring during enrichment: a novel nanotechnology-based approach to food safety testing.

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    Weidemaier, Kristin; Carruthers, Erin; Curry, Adam; Kuroda, Melody; Fallows, Eric; Thomas, Joseph; Sherman, Douglas; Muldoon, Mark

    2015-04-01

    We describe a new approach for the real-time detection and identification of pathogens in food and environmental samples undergoing culture. Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) nanoparticles are combined with a novel homogeneous immunoassay to allow sensitive detection of pathogens in complex samples such as stomached food without the need for wash steps or extensive sample preparation. SERS-labeled immunoassay reagents are present in the cultural enrichment vessel, and the signal is monitored real-time through the wall of the vessel while culture is ongoing. This continuous monitoring of pathogen load throughout the enrichment process enables rapid, hands-free detection of food pathogens. Furthermore, the integration of the food pathogen immunoassay directly into the enrichment vessel enables fully biocontained food safety testing, thereby significantly reducing the risk of contaminating the surrounding environment with enriched pathogens. Here, we present experimental results showing the detection of E. coli, Salmonella, or Listeria in several matrices (raw ground beef, raw ground poultry, chocolate milk, tuna salad, spinach, brie cheese, hot dogs, deli turkey, orange juice, cola, and swabs and sponges used to sample a stainless steel surface) using the SERS system and demonstrate the accuracy of the approach compared to plating results. PMID:25590258

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