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A pico-liter semi-automated screening method for morphological identification of microorganisms from environmental samples
Ms. Charmi Chande, Dr. Ravindra Phadke

An economically feasible microfabrication protocol was developed for fabricating micro features used for bacterial analysis from environmental samples like soil and green sulfur bacteria sample. Organisms were classified in 11 morphotypes by using open source Image analysis software named CMEIAS and the standardized protocol was confirmed by viable count and pure culture study

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Busted! First Detection of Steroid Hormones in Pacific Walrus Bones
Charapata P, Horstmann L, and Misarti N

The Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) is a candidate species for the Endangered Species List because Arctic sea ice has declined significantly in the past decades. This project focuses on validating a method for extracting steroid hormones from archaeological, historical, and modern bone creating a baseline of hormone levels during different climate regimes.

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Experimental Evolution in Diatoms - Thermal longterm acclimation in two model diatom species
Katrin Schmidt1, Sinéad Collins2, Thomas Mock1

Experimental Evolution in two model Diatoms

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METHOD DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SIMULTANEOUS DETERMINATION OF METHYLMERCURY AND INORGANIC MERCURY IN SEAFOOD
Sergio Carneado, Ariane V. Zmozinski, Carmen Ibáñez-Palomino, Àngels Sahuquillo, José Fermín López-Sánchez, Márcia M. da Silva

This work reports the method development for the simultaneous determination of methylmercury (MeHg+) and inorganic mercury (iHg) species in seafood. The study focused on the extraction and quantification of MeHg+ by liquid chromatography coupled to on-line UV irradiation and cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (LC-UV-HG-AFS), using HCl 4 mol L-1 as extractant agent.

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Relationships between Water Quality Constituents in the Delta and the Influence of Different Sources of Water
Richard A. Denton and Paul Hutton

Analysis of detailed grab sample data from San Francisco Bay and Delta and development of regression relationships between EC, TDS and water quality constituents such as chloride, bromide, sodium, calcium, sulfate, alkalinity and hardness. The relationships in the interior Delta vary depending upon the percentage contributions from seawater, agricultural drainage and freshwater inflows.

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Microextraction techniques combined with X-ray fluorescence spectrometry for determination of different metal ions in water
Karina Kocot (a), Beata Zawisza (a), Eva Marguí (b), Ignasi Queralt (c), Rafal Sitko (a)

In present work new preconcentration procedures combining microextraction techniques and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy were developed. Proposed methodologies are promising tools for multielemental analysis enabling detection of natural pollutants in different water samples.

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Effects of aquaculture effluents on nitrogen characteristics in two Chinese estuaries
David Kaiser, Lucia S. Herbeck

The poster describes similarities and differences of the effects aquaculture effluents have on the nitrogen composition in estuarine waters of two sites in southern China

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APPLICATION OF LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY WITH UV DETECTION FOR DETERMINATION OF PLANT GROWTH REGULATOR IN COMMON PLANT FERTILIZERS
Borowczyk K., Wyszczelska-Rokiel M., Stachniuk J., Chwatko G., Glowacki R.

1. The methodology allows facile and accurate determination of IBA in common plant fertilizer samples.
2. The analytical figures of linearity, precision and recovery shown during the method validation procedure are well within the criteria for biological sample analysis.
3. In temperature -18, 4 and 25 °C the analyte stays stable for 6 h.
4. The assay should help in control of phytohormones concentration in plants and fertilizers.

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Examination of Pesticide Residues in Wine, Beer and Their Constituent Products Using High-Throughput Techniques to Maximize Extraction & Efficiency
Patricia Atkins, Matt Snyder

In this study, commercial red wine and beer samples were examined for their pesticide concentrations.

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MS Data Processing With Full Flexibility Of Universal Processing Software
Frans Schoutsen, Barbara van Cann, Vincent Jespers, Michal Godula

Liquid Chromatography (LC) in combination with triple quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (MS) is more and more a common analysis technique in routine laboratories. Especially when using MS/MS selected reaction monitoring (SRM) for a large number of components data handling can be a bottle neck. This poster will show MS data processing of pesticides in water samples using an already established chromatography data system which is now also capable of processing large quantities of MS data.

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Garden Hose A Breeding Ground For Legionnaires’ Disease
The humble backyard hose could be a bacterial breeding ground, providing the ideal conditions for the organisms that cause Legionnaires’ disease to flourish.
Mineral that Destroys Organic Compounds Identified
Scientists have discovered that the mineral jarosite breaks down organic compounds when it is flash-heated, with implications for Mars research.
Solving Carbon Mysteries of the Deep Ocean
New research from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute reveals a hidden deep-ocean carbon cycle.
Single-Cell, 42-plexed Protein Analysis Achieved with a New Microchip Technology
A novel microdevice capable of detecting 42 unique immune effector proteins has been developed.
Thames Study: Rivers Can Be A Source Antibiotic Resistance
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment.
Middle-Aged Men At Highest Risk Of Suicide After Breathing Poor Air
Study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found increased risk of suicide associated with short-term air pollution exposure.
Pittcon Announces Wide Variety of Short Courses
Courses range from beginner and intermediate to advanced levels.
Ethnic Minorities and Deprived Communities Hardest Hit by Air Pollution
New study has found big differences in air pollution across communities in England.
Sequestration on Shaky Ground
Study finds a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide.
Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products Could Taint Swimming Pools
A new study suggests pharmaceuticals and chemicals from personal care products end up in swimming pools, possibly interacting with chlorine to produce disinfection byproducts with unknown properties and health effects.
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