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Ecotoxicological effects of the UV-filter 4-MBC on sperms and adults of the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis.

Environ Res 2022 Jun 21:113739. Epub 2022 Jun 21.

Interuniversity Consortium of Marine Biology and Applied Ecology "G. Bacci", 57128, Livorno, Italy; Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, 56122, San Piero a Grado, PI, Italy. Electronic address:

Present in an increasing number of products, UV-filters are continuously discharged into aquatic environments. Despite potential risks for inhabiting organisms are recognized, the effects of UV-filter 4-methylbenzylidenecamphor (4-MBC) on marine invertebrates are poorly investigated. By combining in vitro/in vivo exposures through a multi-biomarker approach on sperms and adults, the present study evaluated how 4-MBC affect the mussel species Mytilus galloprovincialis, providing ecologically relevant information on organisms' responses. Read More

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Cigarette butts in two urban areas from Brazil: Links among environmental impacts, demography and market.

Environ Res 2022 Jun 19:113730. Epub 2022 Jun 19.

Instituto Do Mar, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Santos, Brazil. Electronic address:

Environmental impacts are currently linked to smoking cigarette behavior, as cigarette butts (CBs) represent the most common litter item in natural areas. Despite this, even the best ranked Brazilian cities, in terms of urban cleaning, have no information about urban littered CBs. Thus, CBs were monitored in Santos and Niterói cities, aiming to assess contamination, Cigarette Butt Pollution Index (CBPI) and the illegal market size. Read More

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Denitrification performance and characteristics of untreated corncob for enhanced nitrogen removal of municipal sewage with low C/N ratio.

Environ Res 2022 Jun 13;213:113673. Epub 2022 Jun 13.

College of Environment and Ecology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, 400045, China; Key Laboratory of Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment, Ministry of Education, Chongqing University, Chongqing, 400045, China. Electronic address:

Unpretreated corncob was applied in denitrification bio-filter (DNBF) and anoxic tank of AAO system, respectively, to treat sewage with low C/N ratio, and both two approaches achieved good denitrification performance. Although shorter HRT could effectively decrease effluent chroma and COD of corncob-DNBF, nitrogen removal efficiency declined unexpectedly. Higher internal reflux ratio was beneficial for corncob-AAO without damage to anoxic environment for denitrification, while there was no risk of effluent chroma and excessive COD. Read More

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Higher buccal mtDNA content is associated with residential surrounding green in a panel study of primary school children.

Environ Res 2022 May 30;213:113551. Epub 2022 May 30.

Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Gebouw D, BE-3590, Hasselt, Belgium; Department of Public Health & Primary Care, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), O&N I Herestraat 49 - Bus 706, BE-3000, Leuven, Belgium. Electronic address:

Background: Mitochondria are known to respond to environmental stressors but whether green space is associated with mitochondrial abundance is unexplored. Furthermore, as exposures may affect health from early life onwards, we here evaluate if residential green space is associated with mitochondria DNA content (mtDNAc) in children.

Methods: In primary schoolchildren (COGNAC study), between 2012 and 2014, buccal mtDNAc was repeatedly (three times) assessed using qPCR. Read More

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Effects of norfloxacin, copper, and their interactions on microbial communities in estuarine sediment.

Environ Res 2022 Sep 26;212(Pt D):113506. Epub 2022 May 26.

Provincial Key Laboratory of Marine Biotechnology, Institute of Marine Science, Shantou University, Shantou, Guangdong, 515063, China; Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory, Guangzhou, 511458, China. Electronic address:

The discharge of antibiotics and metals in estuaries is of great concern since they threaten microbial communities that are critical for maintaining ecosystem function. To understand single and combined effects of norfloxacin (0-20 μg g) and copper (40 μg g) on microbial ecology in estuaries, we evaluated changes in bacteria population, inhibition rates, and microbial composition in estuarine sediments over a 28-day period. Bacteria population significantly decreased following single and combined exposure to norfloxacin and copper throughout the incubation period, except on Day 28 in treatments exposed to copper, 20 μg g norfloxacin, or both. Read More

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September 2022

Comparison of primary and secondary sludge carbon sources derived from hydrolysis or acidogenesis for nitrate reduction and denitrification kinetics: Organics utilization and microbial community shift.

Environ Res 2022 Sep 5;212(Pt C):113403. Epub 2022 May 5.

Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences and Toxicology Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Department of Environmental Science, Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA.

Seeking available and economical carbon sources for denitrification process is an intractable issue for wastewater treatment. However, no study compared different types of waste sludge as carbon source from denitrification mechanism, organics utilization and microbial community aspects. In this study, primary and secondary sludge were pretreated by thermophilic bacteria (TB), and its hydrolysis or acidogenic liquid were prepared as carbon sources for denitrification. Read More

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September 2022

Accumulation potential of heavy metals at different growth stages of Pacific white leg shrimp, Penaeus vannamei farmed along the Southeast coast of Peninsular India: A report on ecotoxicology and human health risk assessment.

Environ Res 2022 Sep 26;212(Pt A):113105. Epub 2022 Mar 26.

Department of Fisheries Biology and Resources Management Fisheries College and Research Institute Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University (TNJFU), Tuticorin, 628 008, Tamil Nadu, India.

This study compared the heavy metal concentration in water, sediment, and shrimp at different growth stages of culture and subsequently evaluated the ecotoxicological and human health risk status. Total trace element concentration in the water, sediment and shrimp ranged from not detected (ND) (Hg) to 91.05 (Fe) μg/L, 0. Read More

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September 2022

Water quality prediction model using Gaussian process regression based on deep learning for carbon neutrality in papermaking wastewater treatment system.

Environ Res 2022 Aug 19;211:112942. Epub 2022 Feb 19.

SCNU Environmental Research Institute, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Chemical Pollution and Environmental Safety & MOE Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of Environment, School of Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, 510006, PR China; SCNU Qingyuan Institute of Science and Technology Innovation Co, Ltd, Qingyuan 511517, PR China. Electronic address:

Wastewater recycling is the measure with enormous potentiality to achieve carbon neutrality in wastewater treatment plants. High-precision online monitoring can improve the stability of wastewater treatment system and help wastewater recycling. A new water quality prediction CSWLSTM-GPR model, which fused the spatial feature of convolutional neural network (CNN), the temporal feature of sharing-weight long short-term memory (SWLSTM) and the probabilistic reliability of Gaussian process regression (GPR), was applied for monitoring papermaking wastewater treatment system with high-precision point prediction and interval prediction. Read More

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Changes in stoichiometric characteristics of ambient air pollutants pre-to post-COVID-19 in China.

Environ Res 2022 06 29;209:112806. Epub 2022 Jan 29.

School of Ecology and Environment, Inner Mongolia University, 010021, Hohhot, China; Institute of Environmental Geology, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot, 010021, China. Electronic address:

To prevent the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreading, Chinese government takes a series of corresponding measures to restrict human mobility, including transportation lock-down and industries suspension, which significantly influenced the ambient air quality and provided vary rare time windows to assess the impacts of anthropological activities on air pollution. In this work, we divided the studied timeframe (2019/12/24-2020/2/24) into four periods and selected 88 cities from 31 representative urban agglomerations. The indicators of PM/PM and NO/SO were applied, for the first time, to analyze the changes in stoichiometric characteristics of ambient air pollutants pre-to post-COVID-19 in China. Read More

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Towards sustainable wastewater treatment: Influence of iron, zinc and aluminum as anode in combination with salt bridge on microbial fuel cell performance.

Environ Res 2022 06 24;209:112781. Epub 2022 Jan 24.

Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. Electronic address:

Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a green technology and does not harm the environment. It can be used for wastewater treatment, hydrogen production and power generation. There are lot of avenues need to be investigated to increase the efficiency of MFC and in order to make it acceptable publicly. Read More

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Nitrogen-doped hydrochars from shrimp waste as visible-light photocatalysts: Roles of nitrogen species.

Environ Res 2022 05 7;208:112695. Epub 2022 Jan 7.

Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Shuangqing Road, Beijing, 100085, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, China. Electronic address:

The increasing shrimp waste production has caused severe environmental problems. In this study, nitrogen-doped hydrochars (NDHCs) were facilely synthesized from shrimp waste and glucose by one-pot hydrothermal carbonization (HTC). The characterizations showed that NDHCs had large surface areas of up to 30. Read More

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Meteorological factors' effects on COVID-19 show seasonality and spatiality in Brazil.

Environ Res 2022 05 6;208:112690. Epub 2022 Jan 6.

Environmental Management Center, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, 08303, Lithuania.

The meteorological conditions may affect COVID-19 transmission. However, the roles of seasonality and macro-climate are still contentious due to the limited time series for early-stage studies. We studied meteorological factors' effects on COVID-19 transmission in Brazil from February 25 to November 15, 2020. Read More

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IoT enabled environmental toxicology for air pollution monitoring using AI techniques.

Environ Res 2022 04 15;205:112574. Epub 2021 Dec 15.

Department of CSE, R.M.K Engineering College, India. Electronic address:

In past decades, the industrial and technological developments have increased exponentially and accompanied by non-judicial and un-sustainable utilization of non-renewable resources. At the same time, the environmental branch of toxicology has gained significant attention in understanding the effect of toxic chemicals on human health. Environmental toxic agents cause several diseases, particularly high risk among children, pregnant women, geriatrics and clinical patients. Read More

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Legacy and emerging organohalogenated compounds in feathers of Eurasian eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) in Norway: Spatiotemporal variations and associations with dietary proxies (δC and δN).

Environ Res 2022 03 11;204(Pt D):112372. Epub 2021 Nov 11.

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Høgskoleringen 9, 7034, Trondheim, Norway.

The occurrence of organohalogenated compounds (OHCs) in wildlife has received considerable attention over the last decades. Among the matrices used for OHCs biomonitoring, feathers are particularly useful as they can be collected in a minimally or non-invasive manner. In this study, concentrations of various legacy OHCs -polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)-, as well as emerging OHCs -per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPEs)- were determined in feathers of 72 Eurasian eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) from Norway, with the goal of studying spatiotemporal variation using a non-invasive approach. Read More

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Sustainable and effective degradation of aniline by sodium percarbonate activated with UV in aqueous solution: Kinetics, mechanism and identification of reactive species.

Environ Res 2022 05 9;207:112176. Epub 2021 Oct 9.

School of Water Conservancy Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, 450001, PR China.

In recent decades, sodium percarbonate (SPC) has been widely applied as a solid replacement for HO in advanced oxidation process (AOPs). In this study, ultraviolet (UV) light was utilized for SPC activation to investigate the aniline degradation performance. The effects of SPC dosages and UV irradiation on aniline degradation were elaborated. Read More

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A feasible biochar derived from biogas residue and its application in the efficient adsorption of tetracycline from an aqueous solution.

Environ Res 2022 05 4;207:112175. Epub 2021 Oct 4.

Faculty of Environmental and Municipal Engineering, Henan Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Control and Rehabilitation Technology, Henan University of Urban Construction, Pingdingshan, 467036, PR China. Electronic address:

The recovery of carbon materials from biogas residue (BR) could efficiently promote the efficient utilization of waste and the preparation of novel materials. In this study, a green and feasible reagent of citric acid was introduced and applied in the modification of biogas residue biochar (BRC). The modified biogas residue biochar (CABRC) showed a superior adsorption ability due to its higher specific surface area (approximately 6 times that of the BRC). Read More

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Synthesis of gold nanoclusters-loaded lysozyme nanoparticles for ratiometric fluorescent detection of cyanide in tap water, cyanogenic glycoside-containing plants, and soils.

Environ Res 2022 05 5;207:112144. Epub 2021 Oct 5.

Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan; School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan. Electronic address:

The modification of protein-stabilized gold nanoclusters with fluorophores has been intensively applied for the ratiometric detection of biomolecules, metal ions, and anions. This study developed a straightforward strategy to prepare lysozyme nanoparticle-encapsulated gold nanoclusters (LysNP-AuNCs) as a dual-emission probe for the ratiometric sensing of cyanide through fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) without the conjugation of additional fluorophores. The reduction of gold ion precursors with lysozyme generated lysozyme-stabilized AuNCs under an alkaline pH, which were demonstrated to self-assemble into nanoaggregates during the formation of AuNCs. Read More

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Antibiotics in aquaculture ponds from Guilin, South of China: Occurrence, distribution, and health risk assessment.

Environ Res 2022 03 23;204(Pt B):112084. Epub 2021 Sep 23.

Department of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 16500, Prague, Czech Republic.

Antibiotics have been widely used to prevent or treat bacterial infections in aquaculture in the past decades. However, large proportions of these compounds are excreted unchanged in feces and urine of animals, given incomplete metabolism, leading to the residual of unmetabolized compounds, and posing a potential risk to the environment. This study investigated the occurrence and distribution of seven antibiotics in surface water, sediments, fish muscle, and fish feed by high-performance liquid chromatography from the aquaculture areas in Guilin, South of China. Read More

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Plant-insect communication in urban forests: Similarities of plant volatile compositions among tree species (host vs. non-host trees) for alder leaf beetle Agelastica coerulea.

Environ Res 2022 03 1;204(Pt A):111996. Epub 2021 Sep 1.

Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 0608589, Japan. Electronic address:

Behavior of insects, such as pollination and grazing, is usually determined by biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs). However, particularly in O-polluted urban forests, the BVOCs-based plant-insect communication can be disrupted by the reaction of O with leaf-emitted BVOCs, such as between Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica) and a leaf beetle (Agelastica coerulea). Read More

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Satellite-based phenology products and in-situ pollen dynamics: A comparative assessment.

Environ Res 2022 03 28;204(Pt A):111937. Epub 2021 Aug 28.

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD, 20740, USA. Electronic address:

Ongoing climate variability and change is impacting pollen exposure dynamics among sensitive populations. However, pollen data that can provide beneficial information to allergy experts and patients alike remains elusive. The lack of high spatial resolution pollen data has resulted in a growing interest in using phenology information that is derived using satellite observations to infer key pollen events including start of pollen season (SPS), timing of peak pollen season (PPS), and length of pollen season (LPS). Read More

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Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from a red acidic soil by using magnesium-modified wheat straw biochar.

Environ Res 2022 01 11;203:111879. Epub 2021 Aug 11.

Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Engineering Polytechnic School, Campus Univ. s/n, University of Santiago de Compostela, 27002, Lugo, Spain.

To mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, different strategies have been proposed, including application of dolomite, crop straw and biochar, thus contributing to cope with the increasing global warming affecting the planet. In the current study, pristine wheat straw biochar (WBC) and magnesium (MgCl.6HO) modified wheat straw biochar (MWBC) were used. Read More

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January 2022

Discrimination of non-infectious SARS-CoV-2 particles from fomites by viability RT-qPCR.

Environ Res 2022 01 2;203:111831. Epub 2021 Aug 2.

Department of Preservation and Food Safety Technologies, Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, IATA-CSIC, Av. Agustín Escardino 7, Paterna, 46980, Valencia, Spain. Electronic address:

The ongoing coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic constitutes a concerning global threat to public health and economy. In the midst of this pandemic scenario, the role of environment-to-human COVID-19 spread is still a matter of debate because mixed results have been reported concerning SARS-CoV-2 stability on high-touch surfaces in real-life scenarios. Up to now, no alternative and accessible procedures for cell culture have been applied to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 infectivity on fomites. Read More

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January 2022

Seed-borne fungal endophytes constrain reproductive success of host plants under ozone pollution.

Environ Res 2021 11 26;202:111773. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

IFEVA, Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET, Facultad de Agronomía, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tropospheric ozone is among the global change factors that pose a threat to plants and microorganisms. Symbiotic microorganisms can assist plants to cope with stress, but their role in the tolerance of plants to ozone is poorly understood. Here, we subjected endophyte-symbiotic and non-symbiotic plants of Lolium multiflorum, an annual species widely distributed in temperate grasslands, to high and low (i. Read More

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November 2021

Exogenous application of melatonin to plants, algae, and harvested products to sustain agricultural productivity and enhance nutritional and nutraceutical value: A meta-analysis.

Environ Res 2021 09 22;200:111746. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, Lemesos, 3603, Cyprus.

Melatonin is produced by plants, algae, and animals. Worldwide studies show diverse positive effects of exogenous melatonin on plants, edible plant products, and algae, but the potential of melatonin to enhance food and feed systems through these positive effects remains largely unexplored. Through a meta-analysis of about 25,000 observations, we show for the first time that exogenous application of melatonin significantly increases crop productivity and yields, and enhances the nutritional and nutraceutical value of edible plant products and algae by regulating diverse biological functions. Read More

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September 2021

Determination of the nitrogen isotope enrichment factor associated with ammonification and nitrification in unsaturated soil at different temperatures.

Environ Res 2021 11 10;202:111670. Epub 2021 Jul 10.

College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, 266100, China; Key Lab of Marine Environmental Science and Ecology, Ministry of Education, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, 266100, China.

For nitrogen (N) migration and transformation from unsaturated soil to groundwater, the N stable isotope (δN) was modified due to the isotope fractionation effect. To quantitatively evaluate the N cycle in groundwater systems, the determination of isotope fractionation is decisive. In this research, for the first time, incubation experiments were conducted to quantitatively investigate the N isotope enrichment factor (ϵ) associated with ammonification in unsaturated soil. Read More

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November 2021

Long-term effects of weather condition and air pollution on acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis in China: A nationalwide surveillance study in China.

Environ Res 2021 10 4;201:111616. Epub 2021 Jul 4.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, 310051, China. Electronic address:

Background: Global climate change could have potential impact on enterovirus (EV)-induced infectious diseases. However, the environmental factors promoting acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis (AHC) circulation remain inconclusive. This study aimed to quantify the relationship between the environment and AHC. Read More

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October 2021

Mariculture wastewater treatment with Bacterial-Algal Coupling System (BACS): Effect of light intensity on microalgal biomass production and nutrient removal.

Environ Res 2021 10 3;201:111578. Epub 2021 Jul 3.

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, 266071, China.

Mariculture wastewater generated from the mariculture industry has increased public concern due to its impact on the sustainability of aquatic environments and aquaculture practices. Herein, the Bacterial-Algal Coupling System was applied for mariculture wastewater treatment. Microalgae growth in heterotrophy and mixotrophy (2000-8000 lux) was first compared. Read More

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October 2021

Combining isotopic analysis of bulk-skin and individual amino acids to investigate the trophic position and foraging areas of multiple cetacean species in the western South Atlantic.

Environ Res 2021 10 2;201:111610. Epub 2021 Jul 2.

Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação da Megafauna Marinha (ECOMEGA), Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Avenida Itália km 8, Rio Grande, RS, Brazil.

We investigated the trophic structure and habitat use of ten cetacean species occurring in the oceanic waters of the western South Atlantic using naturally-occurring stable isotopes. We analysed δN in individual amino acids (AA) to estimate cetacean trophic position (TP) and to evaluate the spatial differences in baseline δN (source AAs). We adjusted cetacean bulk-skin δC and δN for the effect of trophic level using their estimated TPs, obtaining δC and δN, respectively. Read More

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October 2021

Methods for interpolating missing data in aerobiological databases.

Environ Res 2021 09 28;200:111391. Epub 2021 May 28.

University of Castilla-La Mancha, Institute of Environmental Sciences (Botany), Toledo, Spain; Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Botany, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

Missing data is a common problem in scientific research. The availability of extensive environmental time series is usually laborious and difficult, and sometimes unexpected failures are not detected until samples are processed. Consequently, environmental databases frequently have some gaps with missing data in it. Read More

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September 2021

Formaldehyde: Another hormesis-inducing chemical.

Environ Res 2021 08 25;199:111395. Epub 2021 May 25.

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Morrill I, N344, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 01003, USA.

Formaldehyde (FA) is a naturally-occurring compound, produced endogenously in diverse living organisms. It also occurs widely in the environment due to anthropogenic (e.g. Read More

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