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  1. Content type: Research

    Heavy metal contamination of aquatic environment has attracted global attention owing to its abundance, persistence, and environmental toxicity, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. Five heavy m...

    Authors: Ai-jun Wang, Ahmed Kawser, Yong-hang Xu, Xiang Ye, Seema Rani and Ke-liang Chen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2079

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    The aim of this study is to explore the use of lichens as biomonitors of the impact of nickel mining and ore treatment on the atmosphere in the New Caledonian archipelago (South Pacific Ocean); both activities...

    Authors: Camille Pasquet, Pauline Le Monier, Fabrice Monna, Christophe Durlet, Benjamin Brigaud, Rémi Losno, Carmela Chateau, Christine Laporte-Magoni and Peggy Gunkel-Grillon

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2022

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  3. Content type: Research

    This study investigated the potential effect of climate changes on stormwater pollution runoff characteristics and the treatment efficiency of a stormwater retention pond in a 95 ha catchment in Denmark. An in...

    Authors: Anitha Kumari Sharma, Luca Vezzaro, Heidi Birch, Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen and Peter Steen Mikkelsen

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1984

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  4. Content type: Research

    A study on a population of pigeons on the University of South Africa’s Muckleneuk campus was conducted over 2 years. Counts were conducted during a baseline year (March 2013–February 2014) to establish the pig...

    Authors: E. Harris, E. P. de Crom, J. Labuschagne and A. Wilson

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1884

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  5. Content type: Research

    Samples of 226 new improved and 21 indigenous rice (Oryza sativa L.) varieties were collected from the rice fields in three climatic zones of Sri Lanka and concentrations of 18 trace elements (Li, B, Al, Cr, Mn, ...

    Authors: Saranga Diyabalanage, Thamara Navarathna, Hemalika T. K. Abeysundara, Sanath Rajapakse and Rohana Chandrajith

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1864

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  6. Content type: Research

    Our scientific view on climate change adaptation (CCA) is unsatisfying in many ways: It is often dominated by a modernistic perspective of planned pro-active adaptation, with a selective focus on measures dire...

    Authors: Heidelinde Grüneis, Marianne Penker and Karl-Michael Höferl

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1848

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  7. Content type: Technical note

    Sorption and biodegradation are the primary processes of organic pollution remediation in aquatic and soil/sediment environments. While researchers have substantially reported their findings regarding these pr...

    Authors: Bao Son Trinh, Brian Reid and Kevin Hiscock

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1842

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  8. Content type: Research

    The microbial β-mannanases have been increasingly exploited for bioconversion of biomass materials and various potential industrial applications, such as bleaching of softwood pulps, scouring and desizing, food a...

    Authors: Jingping Ge, Renpeng Du, Dan Zhao, Gang Song, Man Jin and Wenxiang Ping

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1824

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  9. Content type: Research

    Geogenic and anthropogenic activities introduce certain metals into the environment which tend to deteriorate the quality of both surface and groundwater in the Bosomtwe Crater Lake and its surroundings. In th...

    Authors: Noah Kyame Asare-Donkor, Thomas Asare Boadu and Anthony Apeke Adimado

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1812

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  10. Content type: Research

    With regard to previously reported Lead (Pb) and Chromium (Cr) contamination in egg, a semi-quantitative assessment of the general environment of Bangladesh is carried out through nation-wide sampling of commo...

    Authors: A. M. M. Maruf Hossain, M. Shahidul Islam, M. Mustafa Mamun, H. M. Al-Jonaed, M. Imran, M. Hasibur Rahman, M. Azizul Islam Kazi and Syed Fazle Elahi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1803

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    Heavy metals are known to cause deleterious effects on human health through food chain. Human health risks were evaluated from consumption of heavy metal contaminated fish from Buriganga River in Bangladesh. W...

    Authors: Md. Kawser Ahmed, Mohammad Abdul Baki, Goutam Kumar Kundu, Md. Saiful Islam, Md. Monirul Islam and Md. Muzammel Hossain

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1697

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  12. Content type: Research

    The livestock sector serves as a foremost source of revenue for rural people, particularly in many developing countries. Among the livestock species, sheep and goats are the main source of livelihood for rural...

    Authors: Fikeremaryam Birara Feleke, Melaku Berhe, Getachew Gebru and Dana Hoag

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1692

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  13. Content type: Research

    Climate change scenarios are computed on a large scale, not accounting for local variations presented in historical data and related to human scale. Based on historical records, we validate a baseline (1962–19...

    Authors: R. Orrego, R. Abarca-del-Río, A. Ávila and L. Morales

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1669

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  14. Content type: Research

    The objective of this work was to determine the influence of the soil substrate on the characteristics and properties of a specific type of honey. As such, we analysed the features of a typical single-flower h...

    Authors: Amelia Virginia González-Porto, Tomás Martín Arroyo and Carmen Bartolomé Esteban

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1663

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  15. Content type: Research

    Production of range grasses under irrigation has been widely adopted in the arid environments of Kenya as a strategy for seasonal forage supply gap. However, their productivity has only been done under conven...

    Authors: O. K. Koech, R. N. Kinuthia, G. N. Karuku, S. M. Mureithi and R. Wanjogu

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1640

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  16. Content type: Research

    Slopes are subjected to stress redistributions during underground mining activities, and this may eventually cause deformation or landslide. This paper takes Madaling landslide in Guizhou Province, China as a ...

    Authors: JianJun Zhao, JianGuo Xiao, Min Lee Lee and YunTao Ma

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1633

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  17. Content type: Research

    The Paris Agreement confirmed the global aim to achieve a long-term climate goal, in which the global increase in mean temperature is kept below 2 °C compared to the preindustrial level. We investigated the im...

    Authors: Shinichiro Fujimori, Xuanming Su, Jing-Yu Liu, Tomoko Hasegawa, Kiyoshi Takahashi, Toshihiko Masui and Maho Takimi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1620

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2017 5:2118

  18. Content type: Research

    To investigate the nitrification potential of phyllospheric microbes, we incubated throughfall samples collected under the canopies of Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) and analyzed the transformation of inor...

    Authors: Keiji Watanabe, Ayato Kohzu, Wataru Suda, Shigeki Yamamura, Takejiro Takamatsu, Akio Takenaka, Masami Kanao Koshikawa, Seiji Hayashi and Mirai Watanabe

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1596

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  19. Content type: Research

    In recent years, water shortage is becoming one of the most serious problems in the Poyang Lake. In this paper, the long-term water balance items of the Poyang Lake have been analyzed to reveal the coupling ef...

    Authors: Zengxin Zhang, Yuhan Huang, Chong-Yu Xu, Xi Chen, Elica M. Moss, Qiu Jin and Alisha M. Bailey

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1555

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  20. Content type: Research

    Charcoal production is often accompanied with gaseous and particulate emission into the atmosphere and occupationally exposed workers could be affected. This cross sectional comparative study was carried out t...

    Authors: O. O. Olujimi, G. R. E. E. Ana, O. O. Ogunseye and V. T. Fabunmi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1546

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  21. Content type: Research

    With myriad geospatial datasets now available for terrain information extraction and particularly streamline demarcation, there arises questions regarding the scale, accuracy and sensitivity of the initial da...

    Authors: Sayantan Das, Priyank Pravin Patel and Somasis Sengupta

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1544

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  22. Content type: Research

    Total three Pleurotus species (P. ostreatus, P. sapidus, P. florida) was compared for ligninolytic enzyme production grown with Coralene Golden Yellow, Coralene Navy Blue and Coralene Dark Red azo dyes in liquid ...

    Authors: Prashant D. Kunjadia, Gaurav V. Sanghvi, Anju P. Kunjadia, Pratap N. Mukhopadhyay and Gaurav S. Dave

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1487

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  23. Content type: Research

    From 2011 to 2013, we conducted a full sanitary survey of pollution sources in proximity to a shellfish growing area in the Hansan-Geojeman region in Korea, which includes a designated shellfish growing area. ...

    Authors: Jong Soo Mok, Tae Seek Lee, Poong Ho Kim, Hee Jung Lee, Kwang Soo Ha, Kil Bo Shim, Ka Jeong Lee, Yeoun Joong Jung and Ji Hoe Kim

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1412

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  24. Content type: Research

    The Guapimirim estuary is the main tributary of Guanabara bay and is located in the northeast portion. Although it is protected, this estuary has been experiencing strong anthropogenic pressure, which has led...

    Authors: Michel Arthur Faria Vicente, Gustavo Vaz de Melo, José Antonio Baptista Neto and Allan Sandes de Oliveira

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1406

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  25. Content type: Research

    In situ air sparging (IAS) was undertaken at sites in the tidal flats of Mandol and Hajeon, on the west coast of South Korea, to estimate variations in the radius of influence (ROI).

    Authors: Jun-Ho Lee, Han Jun Woo, Kap-Sik Jeong and Kap-Song Park

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1388

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  26. Content type: Research

    In this study, a decomposition and emissions matrix is developed to identify the roles (giver or taker) played by the sectors in the greenhouse gas emissions for the economy of Beijing in China. Our results in...

    Authors: Jianping Ge, Yalin Lei, Qun Xu and Xibo Wang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1286

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  27. Content type: Research

    The polychaete Sabellaria alveolata (Linnaeus, 1767) is an important ecosystem engineer building reef structures which add to the topographic complexity in colonized areas. In Europe, the most extensive reef form...

    Authors: Erika Schlund, Olivier Basuyaux, Billie Lecornu, Jean-Philippe Pezy, Alexandrine Baffreau and Jean-Claude Dauvin

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1260

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  28. Content type: Research

    Determination of activity concentrations in twenty five (25) soil samples collected from various points in bauxite ore deposit in Menoua Division in Western of Cameroon was done using gamma spectrometry based ...

    Authors: Eric Jilbert Mekongtso Nguelem, Maurice Moyo Ndontchueng and Ousmanou Motapon

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1253

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