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Top ten most accessed articles in November

This month sees the following articles in JEM that are in the top five most accessed:-

Stable isotope fractionation to investigate natural transformation mechanisms of organic contaminants: principles, prospects and limitations¬
Martin Elsner¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010,¬†12, 2005-2031¬†DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00277A, Critical Review¬

Elevated antimony concentrations in commercial juices¬
Claus Hansen, Alexandra Tsirigotaki, S√łren Alex Bak, Spiros A. Pergantis, Stefan St√ľrup, Bente Gammelgaard and Helle R√ľsz Hansen¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010,¬†12, 822-824¬†DOI: 10.1039/B926551A, Communication¬

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products in effluent matrices: A survey of transformation and removal during wastewater treatment and implications for wastewater management¬
Rebekah L. Oulton, Tamar Kohn and David M. Cwiertny¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010,¬†12, 1956-1978¬†DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00068J, Critical Review¬

Degradation of carbon tetrachloride in the presence of zero-valent iron¬
Jorge S. Alvarado, Candace Rose and Lorraine LaFreniere¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010,¬†12, 1524-1530¬†DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00039F, Paper¬

PFOS or PreFOS? Are perfluorooctane sulfonate precursors (PreFOS) important determinants of human and environmental perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) exposure?¬
Jonathan W. Martin, Brian J. Asher, Sanjay Beesoon, Jonathan P. Benskin and Matthew S. Ross¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010,¬†12, 1979-2004¬†DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00295J, Critical Review¬

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Top five most accessed articles in October

This month sees the following articles in Journal of Environmental Monitoring that are in the top five most accessed:-

Elevated antimony concentrations in commercial juices¬
Claus Hansen, Alexandra Tsirigotaki, S√łren Alex Bak, Spiros A. Pergantis, Stefan St√ľrup, Bente Gammelgaard and Helle R√ľsz Hansen¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 822-824, DOI: 10.1039/B926551A, Communication¬†¬

Environmental enforcement in the UK¬
David Stott¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2009, 11, 470-474, DOI: 10.1039/B810288K, Focus¬†¬

Terephthalate as a probe for photochemically generated hydroxyl radical¬
Sarah E. Page, William A. Arnold and Kristopher McNeill¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 1658-1665, DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00160K, Paper¬†¬

Spatial and temporal pattern of pesticides in the global atmosphere¬
Chubashini Shunthirasingham, Catherine E. Oyiliagu, Xiaoshu Cao, Todd Gouin, Frank Wania, Sum-Chi Lee, Karla Pozo, Tom Harner and Derek C. G. Muir¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 1650-1657, DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00134A, Paper¬†¬

Degradation of carbon tetrachloride in the presence of zero-valent iron¬
Jorge S. Alvarado, Candace Rose and Lorraine LaFreniere¬
J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 1524-1530, DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00039F, Paper¬

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Hope on the Horizon for ecological recovery

Hope may be in sight for the Deepwater Horizon clean up operation as Spanish researchers show the rapid recovery of wild mussel populations following a similarly disastrous oil spill.

In November 2002, the tanker Prestige split in two, disgorging over 60 000 tonnes of oil into the Atlantic Ocean. The Galician coastline, Europe’s largest producer of mussels, was one of the worst affected areas. Miren Cajaraville led a team at the University of the Basque Country, Leioa, to assess the impact of the spill on the reproductive capabilities of wild mussel populations.

Mussels are commonly used as a gauge of marine pollution levels as they are inactive and do not move to feed, so accumulate high levels of contaminants from their environment. Cajaraville monitored the levels of a protein that control the development of sex cells in females along with other indicators of abnormality, such as premature cell death and abnormal reproductive organ development to determine the effect of the oil-contaminated waters on the mussels.

Mussels are commonly used as a gauge of marine pollution

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Effects of the fuel oil spilled by the Prestige tanker on reproduction parameters of wild mussel populations
Maren Ortiz-Zarragoitia, Larraitz Garmendia, María Carmen Barbero, Teresa Serrano, Ionan Marigómez and Miren P. Cajaraville
J. Environ. Monit., 2010, DOI: 10.1039/c0em00102c

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Monitoring radicals in water

A sensitive probe to monitor hydroxyl radicals in water has been developed by a team of Swiss and US scientists.

Hydroxyl radicals are high-energy oxidants that are important in the biology of ageing and radiation damage, as well as in environmental chemistry. In natural water systems, the radicals are produced photochemically from nutrients such as nitrates or nitrites and pollutants such as dissolved organic matter. And accurately measuring hydroxyl radical concentrations can help understand the fate of pollutants.

Current hydroxyl radical probes, such as benzoic acid, often have limited sensitivity, require long irradiation times or high concentrations of the probe, which can affect the sample. Now Kristopher McNeill at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and colleagues at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have discovered that terephthalate is a more sensitive probe for hydroxyl radicals in aquatic environments.

Terephthalate picks up an OH radical to form fluorescent hydroxyterephthalate

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Terephthalate as a probe for photochemically generated hydroxyl radical
Sarah E. Page, William A. Arnold and Kristopher McNeill, J. Environ. Monit., 2010, 12, 1658
DOI: 10.1039/c0em00160k

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