Sample records for biocenosis



    Donato Calderón, Fiorella


    Biocenosis inició su circulación en 1979, cuando se publicaron los primeros números trabajados con una máquina de escribir. Estos constaban de pocas páginas y presentaban información variada sobre parques nacionales, flora y fauna costarricense e indicios de los problemas ambientales que empezaban a manifestarse tanto en Costa Rica como en el resto del mundo.

  2. A highly diverse, desert-like microbial biocenosis on solar panels in a Mediterranean city. (United States)

    Dorado-Morales, Pedro; Vilanova, Cristina; Peretó, Juli; Codoñer, Francisco M; Ramón, Daniel; Porcar, Manuel


    Microorganisms colonize a wide range of natural and artificial environments although there are hardly any data on the microbial ecology of one the most widespread man-made extreme structures: solar panels. Here we show that solar panels in a Mediterranean city (Valencia, Spain) harbor a highly diverse microbial community with more than 500 different species per panel, most of which belong to drought-, heat- and radiation-adapted bacterial genera, and sun-irradiation adapted epiphytic fungi. The taxonomic and functional profiles of this microbial community and the characterization of selected culturable bacteria reveal the existence of a diverse mesophilic microbial community on the panels' surface. This biocenosis proved to be more similar to the ones inhabiting deserts than to any human or urban microbial ecosystem. This unique microbial community shows different day/night proteomic profiles; it is dominated by reddish pigment- and sphingolipid-producers, and is adapted to withstand circadian cycles of high temperatures, desiccation and solar radiation.

  3. Methods for evaluating the pollution impact of urban wet weather discharges on biocenosis: A review. (United States)

    Gosset, Antoine; Ferro, Yannis; Durrieu, Claude


    Rainwater becomes loaded with a large number of pollutants when in contact with the atmosphere and urban surfaces. These pollutants (such as metals, pesticides, PAHs, PCBs) reduce the quality of water bodies. As it is now acknowledged that physico-chemical analyses alone are insufficient for identifying an ecological impact, these analyses are frequently completed or replaced by impact studies communities living in freshwater ecosystems (requiring biological indices), ecotoxicological studies, etc. Thus, different monitoring strategies have been developed over recent decades aimed at evaluating the impact of the pollution brought by urban wet weather discharges on the biocenosis of receiving aquatic ecosystems. The purpose of this review is to establish a synthetic and critical view of these different methods used, to define their advantages and disadvantages, and to provide recommendations for futures researches. Although studies on aquatic communities are used efficiently, notably on benthic macroinvertebrates, they are difficult to interpret. In addition, despite the fact that certain bioassays lack representativeness, the literature at present appears meagre regarding ecotoxicological studies conducted in situ. However, new tools for studying urban wet weather discharges have emerged, namely biosensors. The advantages of biosensors are that they allow monitoring the impact of discharges in situ and continuously. However, only one study on this subject has been identified so far, making it necessary to perform further research in this direction.

  4. The role of the contribution of the whole sea energy on pollution distribution and biocenosis quality: a case study in the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy (United States)

    Bonamano, Simone; Piermattei, Viviana; Piazzolla, Daniele; Paladini de Mendoza, Francesco; Manfredi Frattarelli, Francesco; Mancini, Emanuele; Cognetti de Martiis, Selvaggia; Madonia, Alice; Martellucci, Riccardo; Stefanì, Chiara; Pierattini, Alberto; Scanu, Sergio; Marcelli, Marco


    Marine sediments and benthic biocenosis record, at different spatial and temporal scales, natural and anthropogenic processes that occur in the water column. The coastal area of Civitavecchia, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy, presents valuable marine and coastal ecosystems, which are subject to pollution due to the presence of potentially impactful uses of the coastline (the most important port for traffic passenger in the Mediterranean sea and one of the biggest energy production site in Europe) that overlap with the presence of natural geogenic anomalies related to the concentrations of some trace elements. The C-CEMS monitoring system, currently available in the study area, is able to perform the analysis of pollutants dispersion in coastal waters using in situ and remote observations coupled with numerical models simulations . In particular, water column parameters trends and the distribution of both benthic biocenosis and pollutants from natural sources and human activities in the water column can be assessed. This work focuses on the distribution patterns of pollutants and its relationship with the distribution of the benthic community in relation to biocenosis. Moreover, this work presents a first attempt to relate the whole sea energy contribution, which has effects on both the deposition of fine material and pollutants associated with it, and the distribution of communities, in terms of "exosomatic energy" (sensu Margalef).

  5. Characterization of biocenosis in the storage-reservoirs of liquid radioactive wastes of 'Mayak' PA

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    Pryakhin, E.; Tryapitsina, G.; Andreyev, S.; Akleyev, A. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation); Mokrov, Y.; Ivanov, I. [Mayak PA (Russian Federation)


    A number of storage-reservoirs of liquid radioactive wastes of 'Mayak' Production Association ('Mayak' PA) with different levels of radioactive contamination: reservoir R-17 ('Staroye Boloto'), reservoir R-9 (Lake Karachay), reservoirs of the Techa Cascade R-3 (Koksharov pond), R-4 (Metlinsky pond), R-10 and R-11 is located in Chelyabinsk Oblast (Russia). The operation of these reservoirs began in 1949-1964. Full-scale hydro-biological studies of these reservoirs were started in 2007. The research into the status of biocenosis of these storage reservoirs of liquid radioactive wastes of 'Mayak' PA was performed in 2007 - 2011. The status of biocenosis was evaluated in accordance with the status of following communities: bacterio-plankton, phytoplankton, zooplankton, zoo-benthos, macrophytes and ichthyofauna. The status of ecosystems was determined by radioactive and chemical contamination of water bodies. The results of hydro-biological investigations showed that no changes in the status of biota in reservoir R-11 were revealed as compared to the biological parameters of the water bodies of this geographical zone. In terms of biological parameters the status of the ecosystem of the reservoir R-11 is characterized by a sufficient biological diversity, and can be considered acceptable. The ecosystem of the reservoir R-10 maintains its functional integrity, although there were registered negative effects in the zoo-benthos community associated with the decrease in the parameters of the development of pelophylic mollusks that live at the bottom of the water body throughout the entire life cycle. In reservoir R-4 the parameters of the development of phytoplankton did not differ from those in Reservoirs R-11 and R-10; however, a significant reduction in the quantity of Cladocera and Copepoda was registered in the zooplankton community, while in the zoo-benthos there were no small mollusks that live aground throughout the entire life

  6. Biocenosis de Bivalvia y Polyplacophora del intermareal rocoso en playa Tlacopanocha, Acapulco, Guerrero, México Polyplacophora and Bivalvia biocenosis at rocky intertidal Tlacopanocha beach, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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    Lizeth Galeana-Rebolledo


    Full Text Available El Estado de Guerrero, México, tiene regiones marinas prioritarias para la conservación de su biodiversidad y la información acerca de la diversidad de moluscos es escasa, por lo que es necesario realizar inventarios de especies, estudios de ecología de poblaciones y comunidades. Este estudio se efectuó en el intermareal rocoso de la playa Tlacopanocha. Los objetivos fueron: determinar la riqueza, densidad y diversidad de especies; analizar la composición de especies y estructura de tallas. El área de muestreo fue de 10 m² y la unidad de muestreó fue de 1 m². Se identificaron 35 especies, de las cuales tres son nuevos registros para el intermareal rocoso de Guerrero: las familias mejor representadas en riqueza de especies fueron Ischnochitonidae y Arcidae, y en abundancia Chitonidae y Chamidae; la densidad fue de 31,60 ind m-2. Polyplacophora presentó 42,9% de especies dominantes y Bivalvia 19,0%. Chama corallina presentó la mayor talla en longitud y Chama sordida en ancho. La riqueza de especies de moluscos registrada se considera alta y corresponde a lo esperado para un sustrato rocoso en zona tropical. Polyplacophora presentó alta composición de especies, que podría ser resultado de la adaptación de los organismos a las condiciones dinámicas del intermareal rocoso. Los nuevos registros indican la importancia de los inventarios de especies y también del conocimiento de las poblaciones y comunidades de la fauna marina de Guerrero.The State of Guerrero, Mexico, has priority marine areas for conservation of its biodiversity, but information concerning diversity of mollusks is limited, so it is convenient to carry out species inventories, studies of populations and community ecology. This study was conducted in the intertidal rocky beach Tlacopanocha. The objectives were to determine richness, density and species diversity, analyze the species composition and size structure. The sampling area was 10 m² and the sampling unit was 1 m². 35 species were identified of which three are new records for the intertidal rocky shores of the State of Guerrero. The best represented families in species richness were Ischnochitonidae and Arcidae, and Chamidae, and Chitonidae in abundance; species density was 31.60 ind m-2. Polyplacophora showed 42.9% of dominant species and Bivalvia 19.0%. Chama corallina showed the greatest length and Chama sordida the greatest width. Species richness of mollusks recorded is considered high and in agreement with tropical rocky substrates. Polyplacophora showed high species composition, which could be the result of adaptation of organisms to the dynamic conditions of the rocky intertidal. New records indicate the importance of species inventories and knowledge of the populations and community's dynamics of the Guerrero marine fauna.

  7. Effect of heated waters on biocenosis of the moderately polluted Narew River: microbiological characteristics

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    Godlewska-Lipowa, W.A.


    Studies on the density and biomass of bacteria, cellulolytic bacteria and actinomyces were carried out in the 113-km-long sector of the Narew River from Ostroleka down to the Zegrzynski Dam Reservoir. Heterotrophic activity of microflora on cellulose and index of fecal pollution were determined. The number and biomass of bacteria in the Narew River remained, before (1973) and after the setting in motion of the Power Plant-B at Ostroleka (1973), at a stable level with only very slight oscillations. In 1973 the values of the index of fecal pollution and of actinomyces were slightly higher than in 1972. This refers also to the number and activity of cellulolytic bacteria. The values of the organic matter destruction in 1973 were many times higher than in 1972. It seems that this comes in result of a cumulative effect of a slightly higher water temperature and simulataneous water contamination.

  8. Principles of biotechnological treatment of industrial wastes. (United States)

    Roig, M G; Martín Rodriguez, M J; Cachaza, J M; Mendoza Sánchez, L; Kennedy, J F


    This review includes current information on biodegradation processes of pollutants, digestor biocenosis and bioadditives, sludge production, measurement of pollution, and advances regarding biotechnological treatment of a series of specific industrial effluents.


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    V. N. Jaromsky


    Full Text Available The paper presents results of investigations on process of aerobic waste water treatment with combined bio-oxidizers at milk processing enterprises. It has been shown that attached biocenosis, free-floating biocenosis and also bio-module rotation frequency  have exerted a significant influence on the process of an aerobic sewage treatment. It has been established that combined bio-oxidizers can be used for cleaning high concentrated waste water at the enterprises of food industry.



    V. N. Jaromsky; E. I. Mihnevich


    The paper presents results of investigations on process of aerobic waste water treatment with combined bio-oxidizers at milk processing enterprises. It has been shown that attached biocenosis, free-floating biocenosis and also bio-module rotation frequency  have exerted a significant influence on the process of an aerobic sewage treatment. It has been established that combined bio-oxidizers can be used for cleaning high concentrated waste water at the enterprises of food industry.

  11. Abnormal changes in the density of thermal neutron flux in biocenoses near the earth surface. (United States)

    Plotnikova, N V; Smirnov, A N; Kolesnikov, M V; Semenov, D S; Frolov, V A; Lapshin, V B; Syroeshkin, A V


    We revealed an increase in the density of thermal neutron flux in forest biocenoses, which was not associated with astrogeophysical events. The maximum spike of this parameter in the biocenosis reached 10,000 n/(sec x m2). Diurnal pattern of the density of thermal neutron flux depended only on the type of biocenosis. The effects of biomodulation of corpuscular radiation for balneology are discussed.

  12. [Bowel dysfunctional microflora: clinical significance and prospects for its therapy]. (United States)

    Zviagintseva, T D; Sergienko, E I


    Due to the application of complex drugs as well as synergistic action of drugs with a different mechanism of their activity, it is quite possible to restore the eubiosis of bowels. The up-to-date correction of biocenosis is an essential principle of the microecological approach to the maintenance of health in individuals and the entire population.

  13. Principles of biotechnological treatment of industrial wastes

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    Roig, M.G.; Martin Rodriguez, M.J.M.; Cachaza, J.M. (Univ. de Salamanca, Salamanca (Spain). Dept. de Quimica Fisica); Mendoza Sanchez, L. (C/Sol Oriente, Salamanca (Spain). Estudios y Proyectos); Kennedy, J.F. (Univ. of Birmingham, Birmingham (United Kingdom). Research Lab. for the Chemistry of Bioactive Carbohydrates and Proteins)


    This review includes current information on biodegradation processes of pollutants, digestor biocenosis and bioadditives, sludge production, measurement of pollution, and advances regarding biotechnological treatment of a series of specific industrial effluents. It was foreseen in 1980 that biotechnology would foster the creation of new industries with low energy requirements. This is because the growth of microorganisms provides a renewable source of energy.

  14. New Trends and Perspectives in the Evolution of Neurotransmitters in Microbial, Plant, and Animal Cells. (United States)

    Roshchina, Victoria V


    The evolutionary perspective on the universal roles of compounds known as neurotransmitters may help in the analysis of relations between all organisms in biocenosis-from microorganisms to plant and animals. This phenomenon, significant for chemosignaling and cellular endocrinology, has been important in human health and the ability to cause disease or immunity, because the "living environment" influences every organism in a biocenosis relationship (microorganism-microorganism, microorganism-plant, microorganism-animal, plant-animal, plant-plant and animal-animal). Non-nervous functions of neurotransmitters (rather "biomediators" on a cellular level) are considered in this review and ample consideration is given to similarities and differences that unite, as well as distinguish, taxonomical kingdoms.

  15. Bacteria, fungi and arthropod pests collected on modern human mummies

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    F. Palla


    Full Text Available A survey of opportunistic biocenosis (macro and micro organisms associated with a rest of human mummy samples was carried out to characterise the biocenosis and to detect the potential of biodeteriogens. The rests of the human modern mummies come from a hypogeic site. Since mummies are relevant from a historic-artistic-scientific point of view, an aspect of this study was the identification and characterization of the biological systems related with biodeterioration of organic matter. In a first step, different sampling methods, according to the taxa, were applied. Technological procedures were combined in order to have an interdisciplinary approach to the conservation actions for testing future restoration protocols. Specimens were collected, identified and characterized by Microscopy (light, SEM, CLSM and molecular analyses (DNA extraction, in vitro target sequence amplification, sequencing, sequence analysis. The results highlight a rather complex biocenonsis consisting of fungi, cyanobacteria, several insects and other arthropods.


    Samoukina, A M; Mikhailova, E S; Chervinets, V M; Mironov A Yu; Alekseeva, Yu A


    The study was carried out to analyze qualitative and quantitative parameters of oral fluid and feces in 74 healthy individuals of different age groups. In most of the cases, alterations of micro-ecology are established characterizing by decreasing of amount of indigenous micro-flora and increasing of number of opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms of genera of Staphylococcus, Bacillus, Candida. The degree of evidence of these alterations reliably increases with age. It is established that microbiota, initial and terminal biotopes of digestive tract are closely interrelated and have number of common characteristics depending on age, hormonal and immune status and reflect conditions of micro-biocenosis of digestive tract in general. The character and degree of evidence of alterations of micro-biocenosis can be an effective diagnostic criterion for complex evaluation of human health conditions with following formation of risk groups in need of particular volume of correction activities.

  17. [Species composition and distribution of foraminifers in the Deryugin Basin (Sea of Okhotsk)]. (United States)

    Khusid, T A; Domanov, M M; Svinininnikov, A M


    Analysis of the composition and quantitative distribution of foraminifers in bathyal sediments collected at 14 stations in the Deryugin Basin and at 11 stations in other regions of the Sea of Okhotsk, Sea of Japan, and North Pacific demonstrated specific foraminifer complex in the basin at depths from 1650 to 1800 m associated with cold barite/methane seeps. Oligomixed biocenosis with prevailing agglutinated foraminifers and Saccorhiza ramosa as the dominant was shown to develop in these zones.

  18. Scientific Rationale and Algorithmization of Sochi Resort Natural and Preformed Physical Therapeutic Factors in the Course of Combined Treatment of Patients with Chronic Vulvovaginitis

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    Kirill V. Gordon


    Full Text Available Chronic vulvovaginitis is the most wide-spread gynecological pathology among women of childbearing age. The chief causations of nonspecific vulvovaginitis are reduction in oestrogen, disturbances in vaginal acidity, intestine dysbacteriosis, local and general immune disturbances. The growth of vagina opportunistic pathogenic flora is closely connected with the increase of bacterial slimes on vagina mucus. Sulphur balneotherapy in the form of general baths and vaginal irrigations, mechanical physiotherapy promotes disruption of bacterial slimes, oestrogen elevation, immune reconstruction and vaginal biocenosis, which has positive effect on patients’ fertility level, frequency of obstetrical and perinatal pathologies.

  19. The parasites of the badger (Meles meles) in the north of Mugello (Florence, Italy). (United States)

    Magi, M; Banchi, C; Barchetti, A; Guberti, V


    During the period January 1993-June 1994, a parasitological survey was carried out on 19 badgers (Meles meles) road killed in Northern Mugello (Florence). The following helminths (together with their prevalence) were isolated and classified: Uncinaria criniformis (84.2%); Capillaria sp. (31.6%); Molineus patens (21.1%); Mesocestoides melesi (21.1%); Aelurostrongylus falciformis (52.6%); Crenosoma melesi (21.1%). According to results, only sex related differences in prevalence were studied. The parasite biocenosis is composed exclusively by dominant and codominant species. Mesocestoides melesi represents the first record for Italy. All the species found fitted a negative binomial distribution.

  20. Influence of physical and chemical methods of enhanced oil recovery in formation microflora and properties of crude oil (United States)

    Shcherbakova, A. G.; Altunina, L. K.; Svarovskaya, L. I.; Ovsyannikova, V. S.; Filatov, D. A.; Chuikina, D. I.


    The results of the analyzes of crude oil and produced water from wells in the areas of pilot testing of new flow deflection and oil-displacing Compounds developed in the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry SB RAS. It was found that changes in the properties and Compound of the oil and water mainly occur in the redistribution of filtration flows and integration in the development of the previously unwashed areas, as well as in washing off the residual heavy oil from the reservoir rock, and in some wells - due to formation biocenosis, contributing to desorption of oil from the rock.


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    Full Text Available The storage of waste dump gravely deteriorates the soil’s physical, chemical and biological properties, both in the storage area and the surrounding zones. In time, serious perturbations may occur in the biocenosis from the surrounding ecosystems, through the sweeping away of the inorganic matter or through precipitations. The main problem in this case is to find the most suitable phytoremediation method for these waste dumps, by sowing plant species (grasses, in order to stop the erosion generated by wind and rain. Establishing a herbaceous “carpet” , in time, is very difficult, because the waste dump contains no organic matter, has a weak water retaining capacity and has a high bareness index. The purpose of this study was the experimentation of a method of cultivating the waste dumps using alfalfa, fescue and biosolids as fertilizers.

  2. Primeros datos sobre el Medio Subterráneo Superficial y otros hábitats subterráneos transicionales en el País Vasco

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    GALAN, C.


    Full Text Available Se presentan resultados geomorfológicos y faunísticos prelimares de sondeos efectuados para el estudio del MSS (Medio Subterráneo Superficial en Gipuzkoa (País Vasco. La prospección ha sido efectuada sobre depósitos coluviales y clásicos de ladera y en dos biotopos transicionales, en diferentes litologías, de edades Paleozoico a Eoceno. Se ofrecen los primeros datos sobre biocenosis del MSS en la región. Entre la fauna hipógea han sido hallados colémbolos Entomobrydae, coleópteros Bathysciianae (Choleviadae : Leptodirinae, ácaros Rhagidiidae, hirudineos Gnatobdellida, y diversos representantes del medio edáfico.

  3. Helminth parasites of the eurasian badger (Meles meles L.) in Spain: a biogeographic approach. (United States)

    Torres, J; Miquel, J; Motjé, M


    Eighty-five Eurasian badgers, Meles meles (Linnaeus, 1758), from four mainland biogeographic Spanish areas were analysed for helminths. Seventeen helminth species were found: Brachylaima sp., Euparyphium melis and Euryhelmis squamula (Trematoda), Atriotaenia incisa and Mesocestoides sp. (Cestoda) and Aelurostrongylus pridhami, Angiostrongylus vasorum, Aonchotheca putorii, Crenosoma melesi, Mastophorus muris, Molineus patens, Pearsonema plica, Physaloptera sibirica, Strongyloides sp., Trichinella sp., Uncinaria criniformis and Vigisospirura potekhina hugoti (Nematoda). In the Mediterranean area, Aonchotheca putorii, M. patens, Strongyloides sp., and U. criniformis were more prevalent in the occidental part, whereas Atriotaenia incisa and Mesocestoides sp. cestodes showed higher values on the continental slope. Metastrongyloid species (Aelurostrongylus pridhami, Angiostrongylus vasorum and Crenosoma melesi) were only detected in the occidental Mediterranean area. In contrast, spirurid species (Mastophorus muris and Vigisospirura potekhina hugoti) were almost restricted to the continental Mediterranean area. Helminthological differences between areas may result from the badger diet, abiotic factors and biocenosis present in each biogeographic area.

  4. [Biocenotic dynamics of liquid sewage in the process of its biological purification at aeration stations]. (United States)

    Kalina, G P; Vinogradova, L A; Gipp, E K


    A study was made of biological purification of sewage at the aeration stations on the quantitative composition of the main indicator microbes--of bacteria of the coliform group and of the fecal coliform bacilli, enterococci, Proteus, and also pathogenic enterobacteria. There was found a difference in the behaviour of different species of Proteus, i.e. reduction in the process of purification in the numbers of Pr. mirabilis, and a sharp elevation of Pr. morganii content. There was noted an insignificant amount of Pr. vulgaris both before and after the biological purification. It was found that dynamics of biocenosis was influenced by air temperature at the time of collection of the samples. A possibility of reproduction of coliform bacilli serving as one of the factors of autopurification of sewage during the biological purification was confirmed.

  5. Use of thermal springs of the 24th horizon in the Uzen Field to control sulfur reduction

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    Prasnikova, Z.F.; Bisekenova, S.M.; Dubovaya, E.A.; Mekhtieva, E.N.; Filatova, L.A.


    A study was made of the effect that highly mineralized chlorine-calcium type thermal springs in the 24th horizon of the Uzen field have on the biogenic formation of hydrogen sulfide in oil deposits. The pumping of thermal water into the 7th pressure series was shown to lead to the practically complete suppression of biocenosis of sulfate-reduced bacteria (SRB) that had developed earlier as a result of pumping sea water. An increase in temperature of up to 60/sup 0/C and mineralization up to 160 g/l adversely affected the growth of SRB cultures identified in the Uzen field. Sediments that are formed when various genetic types of water-marine and spring- are mixed were shown not to have a significant effect on the acceptance of a bed following the thermal spring treatment of SRB-contaminated sectors. 4 references, 4 tables.

  6. Water bodies typology system: a Chilean case of scientific stakeholders and policy makers dialogue

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    Rodrigo Fuster


    Full Text Available The aim of this project was to obtain a scientists-validated Typology System, which would allow to classify the surface waters bodies in Chile and, therefore, to facilitate the environmental institutional water management in the country. For this, during the years 2009 and 2011, a Typology System for the surface freshwater bodies was developed for Chile based on the methodology described by the Water Framework Directive of the European Union, which was adapted to local features through the knowledge of limnologist experts in the country, as well as policy makers' experience and their management requirements . In a first stage, national ecoregions were developed and abiotic variables were defined to compose the Typology System. The resulted Typology System for lakes and rivers was generated following an a priori and top down approach to difference biocenosis, based on geomorphologic, hydrologic and physic criteria. In a second stage, the proposed Typology System was validated by experts and policy makers, in which process new arrangements were included in the system. The working methodology used for both stages was bibliographic review, interviews to local experts in biocenosis and workshops. It is specially highlighted the participative processes and discussions in which all the agents involved were present, all of which resulted in the creation of a valid system from a scientific point of view and a product that is applicable to the necessities of the environmental institutions of the country. This work represents a successful experience in the improvement of the communication between scientists and politicians in Chile, which is a relevant factor for the elaboration of more efficient and effective environmental policies, integrating not only management and economic issues, but also more technical aspects that can influence in the final success of any long term strategy. For this reason, the replication of this kind of experiences, as well as

  7. Synthesis of Organic Matter of Prebiotic Chemistry at the Protoplanetary Disc (United States)

    Snytnikov, Valeriy; Stoynovskaya, Olga; Rudina, Nina

    We have carried out scanning electron microscopic examination of CM carbonaceous chondrites meteorites Migey, Murchison, Staroe Boriskino aged more than 4.56 billion years (about 50 million years from the beginning of the formation of the Solar system). Our study confirmed the conclusion of Rozanov, Hoover and other researchers about the presence of microfossils of bacterial origin in the matrix of all these meteorites. Since the time of the Solar system formation is 60 - 100 million years, the primary biocenosis emerged in the protoplanetary disc of the Solar system before meteorites or simultaneously with them. It means that prebiological processes and RNA world appeared even earlier in the circumsolar protoplanetary disc. Most likely, this appearance of prebiotic chemistry takes place nowday in massive and medium-massive discs of the observed young stellar objects (YSO) class 0 and I. The timescale of the transition from chemical to biological evolution took less than 50 million years for the Solar system. Further evolution of individual biocenosis in a protoplanetary disc associated with varying physico-chemical conditions during the formation of the Solar system bodies. Biocenosis on these bodies could remove or develop under the influence of many cosmic factors and geological processes in the case of Earth. To complete the primary biosphere formation in short evolution time - millions of years - requires highly efficient chemical syntheses. In industrial chemistry for the efficient synthesis of ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, methanol and other organic species, that are the precursors to obtain prebiotic compounds, catalytic reactors of high pressure are used. Thus (1) necessary amount of the proper catalyst in (2) high pressure areas of the disc can trigger these intense syntheses. The disc contains the solids with the size from nanoparticle to pebble. Iron and magnesium is catalytically active ingredient for such solids. The puzzle is a way to provide hydrogen

  8. Feeding habits of a dormouse population (Myoxus glis of the Asiago Plateau (Venetian Prealps / Abitudini alimentari di una popolazione di Ghiro (Myoxus glis dell'altopiano di Asiago (Prealpi venete

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    Daniel Franco


    Full Text Available Abstract A new and simplified method was used to investigate on the feeding habits of a Dormouse population of the Asiago Plateau, Venetian Prealps; it is based on the volume evaluation of plant and animal components of the stomach contents by stain proceedings and by the identification of the large-sized remains. The population studied has more carnivorous habits than others cited in the literature, and presents an increasing percentage of animal food in stomach contents during: (1 the summer decrease in body weight (linked to an higher energy consumption, (2 sexual activity and (3 the period preceding hibernation. The diet variety is lower and the ground level predation higher than those reported for other populations. This anomalous trophic behaviour is probably a consequence of changed conditions of the biocenosis, originally based on Beech stands and now on artificial pure stands of Norway Spruce, which is not frequently utilized as food. The adaptation to this particular diet is prompt and general, and it must be related to social learning. Riassunto Per studiare il comportamento trofico di una popolazione di Ghiro (Myoxus glis L. dell'Altopiano di Asiago, Prealpi Venete, è stato utilizzato un metodo nuovo e semplificato rispetto ai precedenti, basato sulla valutazione dei volumi della componente animale e vegetale mediante analisi di tipo colorimetrico, e sulla classificazione dei residui di maggiori dimensioni dei contenuti stomacali. La popolazione in esame è risultata di abitudini più carnivore (con differenze tra i maschi e le femmine rispetto a popolazioni studiate da altri autori, presentando una maggiore percentuale di cibo animale nel contenuto stomacale durante la diminuzione estiva in peso corporeo (associata a sua volta ad un elevato consumo energetico, durante l'attività sessuale e prima del letargo. Anche la varietà della dieta e la predazione a livello del suolo sembrano essere

  9. The multifunctional artificial reef and its role in the defence of the Mediterranean coast. (United States)

    López, I; Tinoco, H; Aragonés, L; García-Barba, J


    Multifunctional artificial reefs (MFAR) are being implemented around the world, due to their ability to provide an environment where a sports-economic-recreational use and environmental improvement is implemented, and are also elements of coastal defence. However, a lot of failures have been recorded, possibly due to disregarded local factors in the formulations used, and there is no method that has encompassed all these factors, in order to take them into account in its design. The aim of this paper was to provide the coastal engineer with a method that would be used for the design of such reefs. To do this, the Babilonia beach of Guardamar del Segura, Alicante (Spain), was chosen because it is a fully anthropised area (with houses in the Maritime-Terrestrial Public Domain, marina, channelling and river mouth) with continuous regression, in which all the elements considered in this study, were treated. Based on the performance obtained in studies and projects worldwide, the climatic characteristics, biocenosis, sediment transport, settlements and liquefaction and the evolution of the coastline, were analysed. The multidisciplinary study carried out showed that with the implementation of a MFAR, the problem was reversed. Furthermore, the area was provided with a playful-economic use, and could be used 60% of the time, by surfers whose skill level were low to intermediate, without forgetting that the diversity of the marine ecosystem in the area was increased.

  10. Benthic habitat characterisation of soft-bottom continental shelves: Integration of acoustic surveys, benthic samples and trawling disturbance intensity (United States)

    de Juan, S.; Lo Iacono, C.; Demestre, M.


    Eleven sites were located on Mediterranean continental shelves to explore the link between the physical characteristics and epibenthic fauna from soft-sediment habitats. These sites, at 32-82 m in depth, were associated with fishing grounds and the trawling intensity was estimated at the site scale to assess the effects of trawling on benthic communities. Each site was surveyed with Multi-Beam (bathymetry and backscatter), side-scan sonar, benthic grabs and a surface dredge. The sites were clustered in three habitat types. Habitat 1, with moderate trawling disturbance, was characterised by homogeneous mud and associated epifauna that was also highly homogeneous across sites. Habitat 2, with sandy mud and scattered gravel and rocks, had a high abundance of sessile suspension feeders that probably attach to the coarser substratum and benefit from the low fishing disturbance in these sites. Habitat 3 included sites with heterogeneous sediments with maërl as the prevailing biocenosis and having the highest species richness, despite being subjected to variable trawling intensity. Statistical models were used to relate environmental parameters and the species abundance. More than 3 physical variables were necessary to explain the epifaunal patterns across sites, including the percentage of mud, sediment heterogeneity and fishing effort. These analyses are an essential step for extrapolating information from benthic samples to the larger scale of habitats, mapped through acoustic surveys. Despite this, a good integration is required between the mapping of physical habitat distribution and the ecological knowledge of communities.

  11. Comparison of combined and separated biological aerated filter (BAF) performance for pre-denitrification/nitrification of municipal wastewater. (United States)

    Rother, E; Cornel, P; Ante, A; Kleinert, P; Brambach, R


    The performance of two systems of semi-industrial up-flow biological aerated filters (BAF) with pre-denitrification followed by nitrification was studied and compared under various operating and loading conditions. The first system consisted of two separate reactors for the denitrification and the nitrification step, whereas in the second system the aerobic nitrification zone was packed on top of the anoxic denitrification zone in one reactor. The second system potentially offers substantial savings in investment costs and space requirements for a large scale treatment plant. Regarding the elimination of carbonaceous pollution and denitrification the systems did not show significant differences. However, nitrification in the combined system suffered from the mixing of different biocenosis by daily backwashing and was reduced to 50-70% of the separated system's performance. Factors such as oxygen concentration, raw water composition and loading rates affected both systems' nitrification rates in similar ways. Since it is impossible to optimise the nitrification and denitrification processes separately, the combined system should only be considered for large scale applications if space is very scarce and if a stable raw water composition can be expected. If strict limit values for nitrate have to be met in the effluent, a combination of pre- and post-denitrification is advantageous and advisable.

  12. Change of oral microbiocenosis in students with dental caries and chronic catarrhal gingivitis in the dynamics of treatment

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    Shvartsnau E.G.


    Full Text Available The violation of microecology plays the important role in the pathogenesis of oral diseases. The question of correction of microecological violations in diseases of hard dental tissues and inflammatory periodontal diseases of young patients is still not enough studied. The aim. This study aims to examine changes of oral microbiocenosis of students with major dental diseases during the treatment. The change in state of oral microbiocenosis has been evaluated in medical students of two age groups: 14-17 years and 18–22 years, in the dynamics of treatment of major dental diseases by developed methods using monotherapy of applications of mucosal gel and combination of mucosal gel and ultraphonophoresis with galaskorbin according to the data which were obtained from the main habitat of the oral cavity: the content of the periodontal groove (gingival fluid, plaque from the vestibular surface of the lower molars, oral fluid. The usage of applications of mucosal gel Kvertgial in students aged 14-22 years removes disbiotic violations and restores normal biocenosis in the oral cavity. Identification of certain microorganisms, estimation of their amount and localization will allow to predict the course of lesions in the oral cavity in terms of causative agent nature and to take preventive measures beforehand with the use of mucosal gel Kvertgial.

  13. Psychrophilic Biomass Producers in the Trophic Chain of the Microbial Community of Lake Untersee, Antarctica (United States)

    Pikuta, Elena V.; Hoover, Richard B.


    The study of photosynthetic microorganisms from the Lake Untersee samples showed dispersed distribution of phototrophs within 80 m water column. Lake Untersee represents a unique ecosystem that experienced complete isolation: sealed by the Anuchin Glacier for many millennia. Consequently, its biocenosis has evolved over a significant period of time without exchange or external interaction with species from other environments. The major producers of organic matter in Lake Untersee are represented by phototrophic and chemolithotrophic microorganisms. This is the traditional trophic scheme for lacustrine ecosystems on Earth. Among the phototrophs, diatoms were not found, which differentiates this lake from other known ecosystems. The dominant species among phototrophs was Chlamydomonas sp. with typical morphostructure: green chloroplasts, bright red round spot, and two polar flagella near the opening. As expected, the physiology of studied phototrophs was limited by low temperature, which defined them as obligate psychrophilic microorganisms. By the quantity estimation of methanogenesis in this lake, the litho-autotrophic production of organic matter is competitive with phototrophic production. However, pure cultures of methanogens have not yet been obtained. We discuss the primary producers of organic matter and the participation of our novel psychrophilic homoacetogen into the litho-autotrophic link of biomass production in Lake Untersee.

  14. El modelo de zonación en la orilla rocosa del departamento de Lima

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    Carlos Paredes Q.


    Full Text Available Durante el año 1972 y parte de 1973 se estudió la zonación biocenológica en la orilla rocosa maciza del Departamento de Lima, entre los 10°45'38"S y los 12°57'39"S, con la finalidad de establecer el esquema de zonación aplicable, entre los diversos esquemas empleados en otros lugares del mundo. En siete lugares guía, se delimitaron los niveles de pleamar y bajamar de sicigias y cuadraturas, para determinar la distribución vertical de los organismos, asociaciones y comunidades que integran la biocenosis de este tipo de orilla, caracterizando los diversos niveles de la zona entre mareas. Se encontró aplicable el siguiente esquema zonacional, modificado de Stephenson y Stephenson (1949: La ZONA LITORAL se extiende desde el nivel superior de Littorina peruviana, hasta el nivel promedio de las bajamares de sicigias ordinarias (MLWS = 0 m, y comprende: a Franja supralitoral, extendida entre el nivel superior de Littarina peruviana y el límite superior de Chthamalus cirratus. b Zona mediolitoral, extendida desde el límite inferior de la franja supralitoral hasta el nivel superior de Megabalanus psittacus; y la Franja infralitorol, comprendida desde el nivel inferior de la zona mediolitoral hasta la línea de bajamares medias de sicigias ordinarias.

  15. Water quality of Danube Delta systems: ecological status and prediction using machine-learning algorithms. (United States)

    Stoica, C; Camejo, J; Banciu, A; Nita-Lazar, M; Paun, I; Cristofor, S; Pacheco, O R; Guevara, M


    Environmental issues have a worldwide impact on water bodies, including the Danube Delta, the largest European wetland. The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) implementation operates toward solving environmental issues from European and national level. As a consequence, the water quality and the biocenosis structure was altered, especially the composition of the macro invertebrate community which is closely related to habitat and substrate heterogeneity. This study aims to assess the ecological status of Southern Branch of the Danube Delta, Saint Gheorghe, using benthic fauna and a computational method as an alternative for monitoring the water quality in real time. The analysis of spatial and temporal variability of unicriterial and multicriterial indices were used to assess the current status of aquatic systems. In addition, chemical status was characterized. Coliform bacteria and several chemical parameters were used to feed machine-learning (ML) algorithms to simulate a real-time classification method. Overall, the assessment of the water bodies indicated a moderate ecological status based on the biological quality elements or a good ecological status based on chemical and ML algorithms criteria.

  16. Chemical and biological monitoring of MIOR on the pilot area of Vyngapour oil field, West Sibera, Russia

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    Arinbasarov, M.U.; Murygina, V.P.; Mats, A.A.


    The pilot area of the Vyngapour oil field allotted for MIOR tests contains three injection and three producing wells. These wells were treated in summer 1993 and 1994. Before, during, and after MIOR treatments on the pilot area the chemical compounds of injected and formation waters were studied, as well as the amount and species of microorganisms entering the stratum with the injected water and indigenous bacteria presented in bottomhole zones of the wells. The results of monitoring showed that the bottomhole zone of the injection well already had biocenosis of heterotrophic, hydrocarbon-oxidizing, methanogenic, and sulfate-reducing bacteria, which were besides permanently introduced into the reservoir during the usual waterflooding. The nutritious composition activated vital functions of all bacterial species presented in the bottomhole zone of the injection well. The formation waters from producing wells showed the increase of the content of nitrate, sulfate, phosphate, and bicarbonate ions by the end of MIOR. The amount of hydrocarbon-oxidizing bacteria in formation waters of producing wells increased by one order. The chemical and biological monitoring revealed the activation of the formation microorganisms, but no transport of food industry waste bacteria through the formation from injection to producing wells was found.

  17. Effects of plant downtime on the microbial community composition in the highly saline brine of a geothermal plant in the North German Basin. (United States)

    Westphal, Anke; Lerm, Stephanie; Miethling-Graff, Rona; Seibt, Andrea; Wolfgramm, Markus; Würdemann, Hilke


    The microbial biocenosis in highly saline fluids produced from the cold well of a deep geothermal heat store located in the North German Basin was characterized during regular plant operation and immediately after plant downtime phases. Genetic fingerprinting revealed the dominance of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) and fermentative Halanaerobiaceae during regular plant operation, whereas after shutdown phases, sequences of sulfur-oxidizing bacteria (SOB) were also detected. The detection of SOB indicated oxygen ingress into the well during the downtime phase. High 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and dsrA gene copy numbers at the beginning of the restart process showed an enrichment of bacteria, SRB, and SOB during stagnant conditions consistent with higher concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), sulfate, and hydrogen sulfide in the produced fluids. The interaction of SRB and SOB during plant downtimes might have enhanced the corrosion processes occurring in the well. It was shown that scale content of fluids was significantly increased after stagnant phases. Moreover, the sulfur isotopic signature of the mineral scales indicated microbial influence on scale formation.

  18. 生态工程自然化恢复米勒河滨水生态%Riverine Ecology Restoration through Ecological Engineering and Naturalization

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    胡先祥; 汪洋; 陈林; 阮维桢; 尹茜


    [目的]为改善和恢复埃塞俄比亚加里示范区米勒河滨水及河流遭到破坏的生态系统,防止生物多样性严重下降或丧失.[方法]基于演替理论,通过生态工程和”自然化”结合的方法,保护自然和恢复湿地.[结果]通过重建湿地的生物群落,恢复河流生态环境,生态功能明显恢复.[结论]多体系配套生态工程在东非半干旱地区是可行的,其恢复实践为保护和恢复当地水生态资源做出了建设性示范.%The aim was to improve and restore destroyed riverine and water ecosystem and to prevent bio-diversity from deteriorating in Jari demonstration plot in Ethiopia.[Method] Biological engineering and naturalization were made use of to protect nature and restore wetland as per Succession Theory.[Result] Both of ecoenvironment and eco-functions of Mille River were restored through reconstruction of biocenosis in wetlands.[Conclusion] It is feasible to implement matched ecological projects in semiarid regions in East Africa,providing references for restoration and protection of local water resources.

  19. Fermentation of organic waste - fundamentals and optimization potentials; Vergaerung von Bioabfaellen - Grundlagen und Optimierungspotentiale

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    Faulstich, M.; Christ, O. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Inst. fuer Wasserguete- und Abfallwirtschaft


    For plants of a size of less than 2000 Mg per year, two-stage systems are not to be recommended as they are technically more demanding. It may suffice to install a simple dry-fermentation stage preceding an open composting stack in order to reduce odorous emissions. For large plants for urban catchment areas it is economical to have two-stage processes. Whether separation of hydrolysis and methanization saves substantial costs must be verified in each individual instance, as smaller volumes require higher technical effort and energy input. The separation of biocenoses represents an interesting fermentation concept as the advantages of each biocenosis complement each other and performance can be much enhanced. Optimum choice of a process is only possible considering local conditions. The authors have tried to give a systematized overview of fermentation processes to permit choosing the `appropriate` technique, independently of suppliers. (orig./SR) [Deutsch] Fuer Anlagen einer Groesse unter 2.000 Mg im Jahr, sind die technisch aufwendigeren zweistufigen Anlagen nicht zu empfehlen. Es kann daher ausreichend sein, einer offenen Mietenkompostierung ein einfaches Trockenfermentationsverfahren vorzuschalten, um die Geruchsemissionen zu reduzieren. Grosse Anlagen fuer innerstaedtische Einzugsgebiete koennen wirtschaftlich mit zweistufigen oder zweiphasigen Verfahrenstechniken ausgeruestet werden. Ob durch die Trennung von Hydrolyse und Methanisierung wesentliche Kosteneinsparungen zu erzielen sind, ist im Einzelfall zu pruefen, da geringfuegige kleinere Volumina durch entsprechende Regelungsstrategien erkauft werden. Die Trennung der Biozoenosen stellt ein interessantes Vergaerungskonzept dar, da sich die Vorteile beider Biozoenosen ergaenzen und damit wesentliche Leistungssteigerungen zu erzielen sind. Eine optimale Verfahrensauswahl ist nur unter Beruecksichtigung der oertlichen Verhaeltnisse sinnvoll. Es wurde daher versucht, die Moeglichkeiten zur Wahl eines

  20. Dynamics of toxicity within different compartments of a peri-urban river subject to combined sewer overflow discharges. (United States)

    Becouze-Lareure, C; Thiebaud, L; Bazin, C; Namour, P; Breil, P; Perrodin, Y


    Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) in small peri-urban streams and rivers are potentially toxic for their biocenosis. Improving the management of CSO discharges requires better knowledge of their dynamics and toxicity. In view to characterizing this toxicity, we sampled the different compartments (benthic and hyporheic zone) of a peri-urban stream located near the city of Lyon in France. The samples were taken at different distances from a CSO and at three period characteristic of different hydrological conditions. Their toxic effects were assessed by bioassays on the dissolved fraction (D. magna, V. fisheri and B. calyciflorus bioassays) and on the particle fraction (V. fisheri and H. incongruens bioassays). The results highlighted significant toxicity of the particulate fraction for the benthic and hyporheic samples, in particular downstream of the CSO, but with high spatio-temporal variability. This variability can first be attributed to the variability of CSO discharge sampling as a function of season and rainfall, and the dynamics of polluted particles (trapping of transported particles in infiltration zones, mobilization during floods). These parameters play a fundamental role in the distribution of pollutants according to the geomorphology of stream facies. Regarding dissolved pollutants, the chemical exchanges taking place at the "water-sediment" interface trigger the transfer of pollutants from one phase to another, after which the dispersion of these pollutants is governed by hydraulic flows. Finally, critical zones and periods are identified for the peri-urban river toxicity studied: benthic sediments under mean flow downstream; hyporheic sediments after a storm event downstream, close to the CSO. Recommendations are made on the basis of the knowledge obtained to optimize the management of these discharges.

  1. Extended abstracts for an international conference on the development of the North and problems of recultivation

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    Everett, K.R. [ed.


    Ecological problems in many regions on Earth are the result of increasing technological pressure on the environment. These problems concern many of us and cause mankind to unite in order to search for means to protect the environment. Scientists, especially are responsible for the protection of the biosphere. The objective of this conference was to discuss the results of studies on the present condition of the environment in the Far North where the industrial pressure is increasing. The participants of this conference also offered and suggested various necessary measures for the protection of the region and restoration of its disturbed sites. The specific structural characteristics of the environment of the Far North, tundra and northern taiga, cause its fragility and vulnerability to anthropogenic impact. The destruction of the thin, weak layer of soil and vegetation cover changes the thermal balance and thus causes the development of erosion process, which in their turn increase the zone of the direct technogenous destruction. Self restoration processes in this harsh climate usually are slow. The preservation of the ecological integrity in the Far North is essential for the stability of the biosphere of the planet. The specifics of the natural conditions must be taken into account so that man will be able to develop the means of intensive agro-technology that can speed up the process of restoration of the biocenosis in the damaged areas. The extended abstracts of the conference reports that constitute this volume contain both theoretical discussions of problems of recultivation as well as accounts of experimental studies and applied explorations.

  2. Characterization of Salmonella occurring at high prevalence in a population of the land iguana Conolophus subcristatus in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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    Alessia Franco

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to elucidate the association between the zoonotic pathogen Salmonella and a population of land iguana, Colonophus subcristatus, endemic to Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. We assessed the presence of Salmonella subspecies and serovars and estimated the prevalence of the pathogen in that population. Additionally, we investigated the genetic relatedness among isolates and serovars utilising pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE on XbaI-digested DNA and determined the antimicrobial susceptibility to a panel of antimicrobials. The study was carried out by sampling cloacal swabs from animals (n = 63 in their natural environment on in the island of Santa Cruz. A high prevalence (62/63, 98.4% was observed with heterogeneity of Salmonella subspecies and serovars, all known to be associated with reptiles and with reptile-associated salomonellosis in humans. Serotyping revealed 14 different serovars among four Salmonella enterica subspecies: S. enterica subsp. enterica (n = 48, S. enterica subsp. salamae (n = 2, S. enterica subsp. diarizonae (n = 1, and S. enterica subsp. houtenae (n = 7. Four serovars were predominant: S. Poona (n = 18, S. Pomona (n = 10, S. Abaetetuba (n = 8, and S. Newport (n = 5. The S. Poona isolates revealed nine unique XbaI PFGE patterns, with 15 isolates showing a similarity of 70%. Nine S. Pomona isolates had a similarity of 84%. One main cluster with seven (88% indistinguishable isolates of S. Abaetetuba was observed. All the Salmonella isolates were pan-susceptible to antimicrobials representative of the most relevant therapeutic classes. The high prevalence and absence of clinical signs suggest a natural interaction of the different Salmonella serovars with the host species. The interaction may have been established before any possible exposure of the iguanas and the biocenosis to direct or indirect environmental factors influenced by the use of antimicrobials in

  3. Survey of the mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of Mayotte. (United States)

    Le Goff, Gilbert; Goodman, Steven M; Elguero, Eric; Robert, Vincent


    A transversal survey of immature mosquitoes was conducted on Mayotte Island (France) in the Comoros Archipelago, western Indian Ocean, with the aim to inventory the Culicidae and to document inter-species relationships in different habitats. In total 420 habitats were sampled for larvae and/or pupae mosquitoes, resulting in more than 6,000 specimens. Forty species belonging to 15 genera were collected, with eight taxa integrated for the first time to the Mayotte mosquito list. The most frequently recorded species were Stegomyia aegypti, St. albopicta, Anopheles gambiae and Eretmapodites subsimplicipes, the first three species being known vectors of viruses and parasites transmitted to humans. Mean species richness in habitats ranged from 1.00 to 3.29, with notable differences between habitats. For example, water-filled axils of banana leaves, tree-holes and crab-holes had low species richness, while cut bamboo, water pools, abandoned tires and marsh and swamp water had notably higher species richness. Twenty-seven mosquito species belonging to 12 genera were routinely collected (in ≥20% of at least one type of larval habitat) suggesting that multiple species play a role in the biocenosis of these aquatic habitats. Multispecies association was observed in 52% of the habitats. The co-occurrence of up to six species belonging to five genera was recorded in a single habitat. The mosquitoes of Mayotte show notable biogeographical affinities to those of Madagascar, as compared to the African continent. These two potential source areas are nearly equidistant from Mayotte, which in turn indicates biased dispersal from east to west. Our findings suggest that with relatively short-term intensive sampling in different habitats, it is possible to approach exhaustive species inventories based on collection of larvae. Mayotte, with its modest elevation range and land surface, has a notable species richness of mosquitoes with 45 well-documented species belonging to 15 genera.

  4. An integrated approach to manage coastal ecosystems and prevent marine pollution effects (United States)

    Marcelli, Marco; Bonamano, Simone; Carli, Filippo Maria; Giovacchini, Monica; Madonia, Alice; Mancini, Emanuele; Molino, Chiara; Piermattei, Viviana; Manfredi Frattarelli, Francesco


    benthic biocenosis as relevant spatial unit, and the ESI calculation for Civitavecchia coastal areas, are reported.

  5. [Demography and human ecology]. (United States)

    Nazareth, J M


    At the end of the 19th century the German biologist Ernest Haekel was the first scientist to use the term ecology, which was defined as the study of relationships of organisms or groups of organisms with the environment and indicated the interdependence of the living world, including plants, animals, and humans. This concept also indicates a continuous process of adaptation of organisms to their external environment. The basic concepts of scientific ecology, which developed at the end of the 19th century, can be attributed to Darwin: the relationships between living beings and the notion of the process of adaptation to their environment. The term human ecology appeared in the early 1920s. Human ecology embodies fundamental ideas: biotype, habitat, community, biocenosis, ecosystem, biomass, interchange and equilibrium, and circulation of energy. The accumulated knowledge about human ecology is broken down using the criteria of topography (ecology of humid forests, deserts, lakes, etc.); followed by the appearance of species; and the variants of classical division: auto ecology (influence of external factors on living beings) and sinecology (the study of groups of associated organisms, i.e., natural, animal, and vegetation communities). The species are considered on the basis of equality or sinecology (all of them have the same interests), while in human ecology a species is determined by its relation to a reference group--autoecology or anthropocentric ecology. In 1911, J. Thompson bridged the gap between biological knowledge and social sciences; in 1921, H. Barrows identified human ecology as a component of geography; in 1925, L. Bernard presented the classification of ecosystems; and in 1936, Ezra Park published his work, Human Ecology, followed in 1945 by the emergence of the Chicago school. Demography and human ecology are intimately connected because population is the result of natural and migratory movements, therefore the two sciences require a methodology

  6. Synthesis of Biomass and Utilization of Plant Wastes in a Physical Model of a Biological Life Support System (United States)

    Tikhomirov, A. A.; Ushakova, S. A.; Manukovsky, N. S.; Lisovsky, G. M.; Kudenko, Yu A.; Kovalev, V. S.; Gribovksaya, I. V.; Tirranen, L. S.; Zolotukkhin, I. G.; Gros, J. B.; Lasseur, Ch.

    Biological life support systems (LSS) with highly closed intrasystem mass ex change mass ex change hold much promise for long-term human life support at planetary stations (Moon, Mars, etc.). The paper considers problems of biosynthesis of higher plants' biomass and "biological incineration" of plant wastes in a working physical model of biological LSS. The plant wastes are "biologically incinerated" in a special heterotroph block involving Californian worms, mushrooms and straw. The block processes plant wastes (straw, haulms) to produce soil-like substrate (SLS) on which plants (wheat, radish) are grown. Gas ex change in such a system consists of respiratory gas ex change of SLS and photosynthesis and respiration of plants. Specifics of gas ex change dynamics of high plants -SLS complex has been considered. Relationship between such a gas ex change and photosynthetic active radiation (PAR) and age of plants has been established. SLS fertility has been shown to depend on its thickness and phase of maturity. The biogenic elements (potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen) in Liebig minimum have been found to include nitrogen which is the first to impair plants' growth in disruption of the process conditions. The SLS microflora has been found to have different kinds of ammonifying and denitrifying bacteria which is indicative of intensive transformation of nitrogen-containing compounds. The number of physiological groups of microorganisms in SLS was, on the whole, steady. As a result, organic substances -products of ex change of plants and microorganisms were not accumulated in the medium, but mineralized and assimilated by the biocenosis. Experiments showed that the developed model of a man-made ecosystem realized complete utilization of plant wastes and involved them into the intrasystem turnover. In multiple recycle of the mat ter (more than 5 cycles) under the irradiance intensity of 150 W/m2 PAR and the SLS mass (dry weight) of 17.7 -19.9 kg/m2 average total harvest of

  7. Vegetation Dynamics Depending on Ecological Particularities of Bozanta Mare (Maramures County-Romania Tailing Pound. Case Study

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    Monica Marian


    Full Text Available The present study follows an ecological demarch of reintegration in the scenary through revegetation of an anthropic ground, consisting in a waste pond formed from the flotation activity of non-ferrous ores. Problem statement: To support the formation of a compact vegetal layer, having an anti-errosion and a restoration role, a preliminary study was required regarding the spontaneous settlement of different vegetal species. We have followed the specific floristic composition and the biodiversity on the waste pond, the manner of association of plant species, and the possible interractions with other species from the biocenosis (microorganisms and fungi. We have also studied the pace at which vegetal species settle, as well as the reciprocal influence, from the point of view of vegetation, with the neighbouring area, since the desideratum is the settlement of a vegetation similar to the natural one. Approach: The aim of the research is to draw a list of the vegetal taxa installed on the pond, as well as to detect some succession stages or some possible vegetal associations. We have established the share of different species in the vegetal layer on the waste pond through an analysis of the ecological preferences, of the geographical origin of plant species, of the cariological and bioform profile. All this was done to compare the possible vegetal associations which settle on such anthropic grounds with the neighbouring vegetation. The approach used was the classical one in fitosociology, recommended by the Central European Fitosociological School adapted to the pedo-climatic conditions in Romania. Results: Over 50 species of plants and fungi spontaniously settled have been listed, and we have followed their association as well as their distribution, compared to the microclimatical conditions of the waste pond. In this way,we have distinguished species with a large potential of revegetating highly polluted with heavy metals waste ponds and sites

  8. Comparative analysis of morphometric characteristics of bivalves Anodonta piscinalis from the reservoirs of techa cascade of Mayak Production Association

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    Yegoreichenkov, E.; Pryakhin, E.; Akleyev, A. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation)


    The reservoirs R-11, R-10 and R-4 of the Techa cascade (Chelyabinsk region) are used as low-active radioactive wastes storages, and are separated from open hydrographical network by a system of dams and by-pass channels. The values of specific activity of radionuclides in water and bottom sediments increases in the row: R-11, R-10, R-4, and at the same time the dose rate for zoo-benthos is increased on an order from reservoir to reservoir. Bivalves, which are obligate filter feeders and produce a significant part of water community biomass, are an important part of energy and matter transformation chain inside the hydro-biocenosis. Among this group of animals, the Anodonta piscinalis, a massive bivalve, takes the most part in biomass of Techa reservoirs cascade. Several studies show that in polluted environment the shell morphology changes are possible: the ratio of most morphometric values changes; the level of fluctuated asymmetry and shell polymorphism increases. For morphological studies of bivalves populations, 34 specimens of Anodonta were taken from R-11, 43 specimens from R-10 and 4 specimens from R-4. The specimens selection was arranged in May 2013, using hydro-biological drag. The shell shape was analyzed using TPS DIG software. Besides the measurements of maximal shell length, shell height, and the distance between shell's top and maximally distant point of front edge of the shell were measured. The ratio between the length and the height of the shell, between the length and the distance from the top to the front edge were calculated. The data analysis was arranged using R statistics. As a result of the data analysis the significant difference between shell's length to height ratios were registered between populations of R-4 and R-10 (p = 0.002). The ratio of maximal length of the shell to the distance from the top to the front edge also significantly differs between the animals of the R-4 and R-10 reservoirs (?= 0.03). Between the animals of

  9. First sign of Clethrionomys glareolus in the Po valley plain / Prima segnalazione in Pianura Padana di Clethrionomys glareolus

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    Luis Nieder


    Full Text Available Abstract The presence of Clethrionomys glareolus (Schreber, 1790 populations is reported in the Po valley, formerly considered outside the distribution area of the species. An initial series of captures was made in the high-water area of the Po near S. Nazzaro (Monticelli d'Ongina - PC following with research was extended along the river's banks in Emilia both upstream and downstream. The search for this species was carried out by analysing food pellets relating to Strix aluco, Tyto alba e Athene noctua, thought to be among the most common predators of these intensive herbaceous and arboreal agricultural biocoenosis. The information we gathered was integrated with other Authors' unpublished and bibliographical data. The presence of C. glareolus was noted in habitats quite different from the expected ones. Many of the problems raised by the presence of this species in "islands" along the main body of the Po river and its tributaries, and by its presumed absence from particulary suitable environments such as the Carrega woods, the Ticino park and Mesola wood must still be resolved. Riassunto Viene segnalata la presenza di popolazioni di Clethrionomys glareolus (Schreber 1790 nella pianura Padana precedentemente considerata al di fuori dell'areale della specie. A partire da una prima serie di catture nell'area golenale del Po presso S. Nazzaro (Monticelli d'Ongina - PC, si è successivamente proceduto ad allargare l'area di ricerca lungo l'argine emiliano del Po, sia a monte sia a valle. La ricerca di questa specie è avvenuta tramite l'analisi di boli alimentari relativi a Strix aluco, Tyto alba e Athene noctua, ritenuti tra i più comuni predatori di queste biocenosi agricole intensive erbacee ed arboree. I dati da noi raccolti sono stati integrati con quelli bibliografici e inediti di altri Autori. È stata riscontrata la presenza

  10. Carcass Composition of Turopolje Pig, the Autochthonous Croatian Breed

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    Marija Đikić


    Full Text Available Objective of this research was to establish carcass composition in Turopolje pig breed by analyzing the percentage of muscle (M, fat (F and bone (B tissue, percentage of these tissues in different parts of carcass (ham, loin, back, neck, belly-rib part . BRP, as well as share of the parts in carcass. Animals were divided into two groups of different age and slaughtering weight (TI 584 ± 20 days and 81,9 kg; TII 679 ± 20 days and 100,3 kg ± 4,9 kg. Purpose of this investigation was to define the standards for traits mentioned for the remainder of the population of Turopolje pig and to set the selection and production programs, as this breed has been under protection since 1993 and re-establishment since 1996 as cultural and biological heritage of Croatia and the World. In order to define Turopolje pig in production sense, we presented characteristics of the old breeds Mongolitza and Black Slavonian and some selected breeds. Pigs were fattened in the outdoor system of flood forests and marsh meadows biocenosis (Quercus robur . Deschampsietum caespitosae, according to traditional Croatian technology of low input (Ðikić et al., 2002.Slaughtering weight and weight of warm and cold carcass were measured on the slaughtering line. The halves were separately weight and dissected (tissues and parts according to Weninger et al., 1963 and by total dissection. Data were processed by statistical-mathematical procedure GSM and SAS software package (1996 and results were compared within and between the groups ( t-test.In groups TI and TII the percentages tissues in carcass were established to be as follows: M 38.2% and 40.5%, B 10.6% and 9.7%, respectively, and were significantly different ( P< 0.05, while share of F, 34.2% and 33.8% were not significantly different.Fattened pigs in group TI, in relation to TII, had lower relative share of muscle tissue in the carcass of loin, back, neck and BRP and higher share of fat tissue of neck and BRP, as well as

  11. Autochthonous microbe-assisted phytoremediation of brown coal mine overburden soil (United States)

    Hamidović, Saud; Teodorović, Smilja; Lalević, Blažo; Karličić, Vera; Jovanović, Ljubinko; Kiković, Dragan; Raičević, Vera


    One of the largest brown coal mines in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kakanj, has been exploited for over a hundred years. As a consequence of decades of exploitation, severe biocenosis disturbance and degradation of the entire ecosystem have occurred, resulting in overburden soil formation. A significant challenge in remediation of degraded mining areas is difficulty in creating conditions favorable for vegetation growth. Thus, numerous remediation technologies have focused on increasing soil nutrient composition, as well as the number and activity of plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB), given that they stimulate host plant growth by increasing the availability of essential nutrients (phosphorus, nitrogen, manganese, iron), producing phytohormones, and providing protection from pathogens. The main objective of this research was to characterize autochthonous plant and microbial overburden communities and access their ability to restore these contaminated soils. Phytocenological analysis of vegetation and plant species was performed according to Flora Europaea (2001), from 2011 - 2013. Our results show that plant species were not detected at mine overburden soil in 2011. However, we detected presence of a single plant species, Amaranthus albus L., in 2012. Further, we recorded the presence of five families (Amaranthaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Poaceae and Polygonaceae) in 2013. Microbial abundance and enzymatic activity were also examined during the same period. The diversity of microbial populations in the first year was rather small. Two Bacillus spp., B. simplex and a B. cereus group member, indigenous to mine overburden were isolated and identified using standard macroscopic and microscopic, as well as molecular techniques (Hamidovic et al., submitted). Phosphate solubilizing activity of bacteria was tested on National Botanical Research Institute's phosphate growth medium (1999). Production of ammonia was determined in peptone water with Nessler

  12. Results of microbiological Investigations of Orbital Station MIR Environment (United States)

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    equipment which gather anthropogenic organic compounds and air condensate enough to allow full vegetative cycle and reproduction of heterotrophic microorganisms, mold fungi Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium sp. in the first place, - quantitative and structural dynamics of microflora on long-operating space vehicles is not linear and presents a wave-form cycle of alternating phases of biocenosis activation and stagnation controlled as by internal biological mechanisms of self-regulation, so by external cosmophysical factors.


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    quantitative composition of the biocenosis. It is established that the microflora of the alveolar ridge in patients with edentulous consisted of associations of yeasts from 2-5 representatives of the microbial world. It is established that in patients of the experimental group on the 7th day of withdrawal 3-component microbial associations has decreased in 1.3 times, whereas the 4-component associations were recorded in 1.4 times more often compared with the initial period of observation. For patients with adhesive frequency of detection of 2-component microbial associations 30-the day of the research was 1.3 times higher than prior to the setting of the prosthesis. Identify 5 component associations for 30-the day, has decreased in 2 times. In patients without adhesive (control group 4-component microbial associations in the mouth after a week of adaptation to the prosthesis were detected in 1.6 times, and 30 days – in 2 times more often than to prosthetics. The weight 5 component associations through the week remained at the initial level, while after 30 days has increased in 1,5 times. The structure microbiocenosis the mucous of the oral cavity patients with edentulism are represented 13 genera of bacteria and morilioid fungi of the genus Candida, allocated in secondary amounts by lg (2,5±0,19 to lg (5,4±0,17 CFU/g. When adhesive between denture base and mucosa of the alveolar ridge frequency of withdrawal and the density of microbial colonization in the adaptation period were not statistically different. But the density of the microbial population among the control group increased 1.5 times for Enterococcus spp, 1.4 for the Klebsiella spp and 1.6 times for yeast fungi Candida spp. Found a significant decrease in microbial density of the representatives of the resident microflora in 1.4 times for Neisseria spp, 1.6-fold for Lactobacillus spp (p<0.05. Conclusion. The results of these studies indicate significant changes of qualitative and quantitative structure of

  14. Microbiome of Yermic Regosol in southern Kazakhstan (United States)

    Kutovaya, Olga; Lebedeva, Marina; Tkhakakhova, Azida


    Biological activity is of utmost importance for the genesis of extremely arid desert soils. The soil surface in arid regions is often covered by biofilms representing a complex biocenosis of algae, bacteria, micromycetes, and, sometimes, mosses or lichens. Biofilms of extremely arid soils form a significant part of the living matter in the desert ecosystems and play the central role in their dynamics. Study of the genetic material recovered directly from the soil samples is the main approach in soil metagenomics. Modern sequencing methods were used to describe the diversity of the microorganisms in soil samples. For the first time, such data were obtained for the extremely arid desert soil (Yermic Regosol) in southern Kazakhstan (flat alluvial plain; 43° 42'53.2" N; 79°25'29.1" E; 615 m asl). Taxonomic identification of nucleotide sequences and comparative analysis of microbial communities were performed using VAMPS. The classification of the sequences was performed using RDP. As the primers used were based on the sequences of 16S-rRNA gene of bacteria and archaea, we could analyze the prokaryotic community. Along with bacteria and archaea with established systematic position, all soil samples contained unidentified sequences (5.2-5.3%). Bacteria predominated at the domain level (65.9-74.9%), although their portion was much lower in comparison with that in less arid soils, where it reached 94-100%. Archaea were present as minor components (0.3-0.5%). Dominant groups of bacteria were represented by Proteobacteria (43.9-50.8%), Actinobacteria (9.5-10%), Firmicutes (0.8-2.4%), Verrucomicrobia (1.1-3%), Acidobacteria (1.1-2%), Bacteroidetes (1.2-1.4%). The portion of other phyla was less than 1%. Thus, bacterial phyla Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria and Acidobacteria constitute the core component of the microbiome. Archaea are represented by phylum Crenarchaeota. A key feature of the extremely arid soils is the presence of large numbers (24.7-33.6%) of cyanobacteria

  15. [Forensic entomology and globalisation]. (United States)

    Turchetto, M; Vanin, S


    The main aim of Forensic Entomology has always been, and is today, to establish the time of death (P.M.I.: Postmortem Period) or, more exactly, how long a carrion has been exposed in the environment. Most of the invertebrate fauna occurring on corpses consists of insects (mostly Diptera and Coleoptera). They are selectively attracted by the decomposing status of the carrion, and form complex communities or biocenosis within necrophagous or sarcophagous species and their predators, parasites and parasitoids, competing each one another. The rapid and continuos changes of the micro-ecosystem (the body), until its breakdown, does not permit the achievement of a steady state or an equilibrium in the animal communities. These continuous modifications give us the possibility to estimate when (and where) the death has occurred, by the identification of the species feeding on the corpse, the knowledge of their life history, and the length of each stage of their cycle at varying the temperature and the other abiotic factors, external to the carrion ecosystem. The P.M.I. today is still largely based on the tables of faunal succession on human cadavers recognised by Mégin in 1894, with few changes proposed by Authors from other countries. In the last years, however, it happens more and more often, that the natural communities are subverted by the presence of allocton species, which can compete, predate or parasite the most common local sarcophagous insects, modifying, this way, the succession waves and the trophic nets. The immission in the environment of foreign species may be voluntary or casual, but in any case is due to anthropic activities. The voluntary immission happens when some species, employed in the biological struggle against pest or dangerous insects, for pollination of allocton plants, or for other commercial utilities, are beyond man's control and swarm onto the environment; the casual spread is due to the globalisation phenomenon, that distributes the "little

  16. Reaction of fresh water zooplankton community to chronic radiation exposure

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    Osipov, D.; Pryakhin, E. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation); Ivanov, I. [FSUE Mayak PA (Russian Federation)


    The characteristic features of ecological community as a whole and cenosis of zooplankton organisms as part of it determine the intensity of the processes of self-purification of water and the formation of a particular body of water. Identifying features of the structure and composition of the zooplankton community of aquatic ecosystems exposed to different levels of radiation exposure, it is necessary to identify patterns of changes in zooplankton and hydro-biocenosis as a whole. Industrial reservoirs, the storage of liquid low-level radioactive waste 'Mayak' for decades, have high radiation load. A large range of levels of radioactive contamination (total volume beta-activity in water varies from 2.2x10{sup 3} to 2.3x10{sup 7} Bq/l, total volume alpha-activity - from 2.6x10{sup -1} to 3.1x10{sup 3} Bq/l) provides a unique opportunity to study ecosystems in a number of reservoirs with increasing impact of radiation factor. We studied five reservoirs that were used as the storage of low-and intermediate-level liquid radioactive waste pond and one comparison water body. In parallel with zooplankton sampling water samples were collected for hydro-chemical analysis. 41 indicators were analysed in order to assess the water chemistry. To determine the content of radionuclides in the various components of the ecosystem samples were collected from water, bottom sediments and plankton. Sampling of zooplankton for the quantitative analysis was performed using the method of weighted average auto bathometer. Apshteyn's plankton net of the surface horizon was used for qualitative analysis of the species composition of zooplankton. Software package ERICA Assessment Tool 2012 was used for the calculation of the absorbed dose rate. Species diversity and biomass of zooplankton, the share of rotifers in the number of species, abundance and biomass decrease with the increase of the absorbed dose rate and salinity. The number of species in a sample decreases with the


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    Malysh N.G.


    Full Text Available Introduction. Microbiocenosis of human body also differs in extreme multicomponents and diverse content of microflora representatives forming its part. According to the biotype of bacterial contamination certain inter-bacterial relations are formed, which is reflected in the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of appropriate microbial landscape. Analysis of numerous microbial association manifestations allows evaluating changes in the pathogen properties influenced by associative microbiota. Work objective - based on the study ecological features of microorganisms isolated from intestine of patients with acute intestinal infections and apparently healthy people, identify potential risk factors for diarrheal infections. Materials & methods. A retrospective epidemiological analysis of acute diarrheal infections incidence was conducted during 2004-2013, using the statistics of the Main Department of the State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of Ukraine in Sumy region. The intestinal microflora of 93 patients with acute diarrheal infections and 60 persons of the control group (apparently healthy people. As the result 130 bacterial cultures were allocated. Permanence rate was used to estimate biocenosis. Relationships between microbiocenosis members were investigated by determining degree of bond conjunction in associations, using Jaccard coefficient (g. Results & discussion. In 2005-2014 acute diarrheal infection incidence rates of Sumy region population were within 163.7 - 193.6 per 100 people without tendency to decrease. Acute intestinal infections and food toxicoinfections caused by opportunistic pathogens and viruses (p<0.05 dominated in nosological structure. In 35.5 % of cases diarrheal infections were of polyetiological nature. Noroviruses in associations with Candida bacteriaand fungi most often occurred (p<0.05 in the intestinal biotypes. Permanence rate of K. pneumonia, noroviruses, S. aureus, C. albicans was the highest and

  18. Development of Triad approach based system for ecological risk assessment for contaminated areas of Kyrgyzstan (United States)

    Kydralieva, Kamilia; Uzbekov, Beksultan; Khudaibergenova, Bermet; Terekhova, Vera; Jorobekova, Sharipa


    substances), 2) ecological parameters (assessing changes in microorganism's community structure and functions, bioindication); and 3) toxicological bioassays (utilizing classical endpoints such as survival and reproduction rates, genotoxicity). The output will be consisted of 3 indexes: 1) Environmental Risk Index, quantifying the level of biological damage at population-community level, 2) Biological Vulnerability Index, assessing the potential threats to biological equilibria, and 3) Genotoxicity Index, screening genotoxic effects. Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) will be used to integrate a set of environmental Triad data to be obtained during the project, which will be carried out in order to estimate the potential risk from soil contamination of the highly anthropized areas of Kadzhi-Say, which have been impacted by deposition of heavy metals. The basis of the development under this research is studies with a particular focus concerning the biocenosis mapping of Kyrgyz soils (Mamytova et al., 2003, 2010), investigations on interaction of humic substances with soil contaminants (Jorobekova, Kydralieva, Khudaibergenova, 2004; Khudaibergenova, 2005, 2007), and in addition, technical approach for ecotoxicological assessment of soils (Terekhova, 2007, 2011). Soil ecotoxicological estimation has been studied with a battery of tests using test-organisms of many trophic levels. Currently, bioindication of soils with various humus states is under study (Senesi, Yakimenko 2007; Yakimenko, et al., 2008).

  19. Linee guida per la gestione della Volpe in Italia

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    Full Text Available La plasticità ecologica della Volpe (Vulpes vulpes fa di questa specie il Carnivoro più diffuso e più adattabile al mondo. Proprio per la sua diffusione la Volpe è oggetto di un intenso prelievo sia venatorio, sia finalizzato a contenerne l'impatto predatorio ed allo sfruttamento commerciale della pelliccia. In Italia esiste una forte pressione dei cacciatori perché si realizzino programmi di controllo delle popolazioni di questo predatore, al fine di ridurne l'impatto sulle specie d'interesse cinegetico. Gli effetti del contenimento della Volpe sulla dinamica delle popolazioni di specie preda sono stati oggetto di numerosi studi, ma i risultati di tali ricerche non sono univoci; se in alcuni casi si è infatti verificato, in seguito a decrementi delle popolazioni di Volpe, un incremento di consistenza e successo riproduttivo delle specie preda, in altri casi non si è registrato alcun significativo effetto demografico. Ancora meno chiaro è quale sia la soglia di contrazione delle popolazioni di Volpe necessaria per ottenere un effetto significativo sulle popolazioni delle specie preda, considerato che questo Carnivoro ha un potenziale riproduttivo elevato ed un'organizzazione sociale che determina la rapida rioccupazione dei territori lasciati liberi. La legislazione italiana in materia di controllo è, rispetto ad altri paesi europei ed extraeuropei, particolarmente rigida: la legge n. 157/92 identifica infatti un obiettivo generale di mantenimento delle popolazioni dei predatori a livelli adeguati ad assicurare una funzione regolatrice delle biocenosi. La stessa norma impone inoltre che ogni intervento di abbattimento di predatori finalizzato al contenimento dei danni da essi arrecati sia autorizzato dalla Regione o dalla Provincia competente, sulla base di un parere tecnico dell'INFS che è chiamato a verificare l'inapplicabilità di metodi incruenti di prevenzione dei danni, la selettività delle tecniche di abbattimento e la

  20. Microbiological Method for Eor RAH par la méthode microbiologique

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    Yulbarisov E. M.


    Full Text Available To ensure a successful development of biotechnology it is necessary to study the processes of oil transformation from its separation from the parent rock followed by maturation and after-maturation periods and then very often aging and destruction (hypergenesis influenced by the tectonic development of the region or the technogenic activity of man. These technogenic actions can be of a multistage character depending on the development system used (natural drive, secondary and tertiary methods of oil recovery. Any change in the properties of the reservoir medium produces a direct or indirect effect on oil properties as well as on the petrophysical pattern of the reservoir capacity and filtration characteristics. Among the factors that affect the desired changes in oil properties and filtration characteristics during microbiological oil displacement, biomass and production of biogas, biosurfactants, biopolymers, acids, solvents, ferments etc. , are of great importance. An effective method for improving oil recovery by commercial biocenosis of microorganisms has been developed. Pour assurer le développement de la biotechnologie, il faut étudier les processus de transformation du pétrole depuis sa séparation de la roche-mère, durant la maturation, la post-maturation, puis souvent le vieillissement et la destruction (hypergenèse sous l'influence de l'évolution tectonique de la région ou des activités technogéniques humaines. Celles-ci peuvent comporter plusieurs étapes, selon le système d'exploitation appliqué (déplacement naturel, méthodes secondaires et tertiaires de récupération. Toute modification des propriétés de la roche-réservoir se répercute directement ou indirectement sur les propriétés du pétrole ainsi que sur les caractéristiques pétrophysiques de capacité et de filtration du réservoir. Parmi les facteurs responsables des transformations souhaitées des propriétés du pétrole et des caractéristiques de

  1. Inspiring our future citizens and scientists: follow the Blue Paths (Percorsi nel Blu)! (United States)

    Mioni, Erika; Stroobant, Mascha; Merlino, Silvia; Traverso, Roberto


    project of Biological Sciences, carried out in a pilot school of La Spezia (ISA 2 "2 Giugno"), and that since several years involves students aged 4 to 18 years (and their families) in a long-term training program for environmental awareness and marine scientific research. The project is aimed at monitoring marine biocenosis (flora and fauna) from the upper and middle shore, using and integrating the Reef-Check Protocol (C.E.M. Coastal Environment Monitoring Protocol) with a new approach that motivates students to science, continuously over the years and bringing them closer to the work of Marine Scientists, raising awareness on biodiversity loss and the pollution within a specific area such as that of the Pelagos Sanctuary in the North Tyrrhenian and Ligurian Seas. Blue Paths (Percorsi nel Blu) is, hence, an example of education with a wider communication spectrum (not focused only to form a single class of students, but a whole community) and made possible thanks to a network of partners (including technology clusters, Institutions, Museums, Research Centers, Marine Protected Areas etc.). The presence of the network has allowed the enhancement of the Project under different points of view, including: - transformation in a participatory research project (the scientific results obtained by students are real products of research) of citizen science; - increase of educational opportunities (peer education, intergenerational education, tutoring); - increased visibility thanks to the participation in European projects for the Science Communication (European Researchers' Night project funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions); - enrichment of students' curriculum thanks to an adequate and real acquisition of key skills for future careers that can also inspire their actions as future citizens.

  2. Agro-ecological compensation standard based on emergy analysis in Yongding River basin%基于能值分析的永定河流域农业生态补偿标准

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    付意成; 高婷; 闫丽娟; 张爱静; 阮本清


    the paper indicates that by the adoption of the emergy accounting method, the government and producers would be responsible for a portion of the PES, and the emprice calculated for the environmental support and the environmental benefits of farmland should be used to decide who will bear the responsibility for making payments for environmental services. To realize the sustainable development of basin agriculture, the government and beneficiary sectors will compensate farmers soil loss preventive costs 400 million Yuan. The compensation standard calculation method of agro-ecological system in the light of emergy is feasible. Further studies are necessary on agricultural production environmental services, such as the maintenance of the biodiversity and natural biocenosis, and hydrological services.