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In the work presented here, a photocatalytic system using titanium Degussa P-25 in suspension was used to evaluate the degradation of 20mg L(-1) of antibiotic oxolinic acid (OA). The effects of catalyst load (0.2-1.5 g L(-1)) and pH (7.5-11) were evaluated and optimized using the surface response methodology and the Pareto diagram. In the range of variables(More)
Simkania negevensis is an obligate intracellular bacterium grouped into the order Chlamydiales. This new amoeba-resistant bacterium represents a novel aetiologic agent of bronchiolitis and community-acquired pneumonia in both adults and children. It has been suggested that Simkania could be an ubiquitous microorganism presented in water environments. In the(More)
Simkania negevensis is an obligate intracellular bacterium grouped into the order Chlamydiales. This new amoeba-resistant intracellular bacterium might represent a novel etiologic agent of bronchiolitis and community-acquired pneumonia and occurs in aquatic habitats such as drinking water and reclaimed wastewater. Another amoeba-related bacterium,(More)
Even though the advent of quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has improved the detection of pathogen microorganisms in most of areas of microbiology, a serious limitation of this method may arise from the inability to discriminate between viable and nonviable pathogens. To overcome it, the use of real-time PCR and selective nucleic acid(More)
The advent of quantitative PCR has improved the detection of human viral pathogens in the environment. However, a serious limitation of this method may arise from the inability to discriminate between viruses that are infectious and viruses that have been inactivated and do not represent a human health hazard. To assess whether propidium monoazide (PMA)(More)
Various sample handling techniques such as liquid-liquid extraction off-line and on-line, solid-phase extraction followed by either gas chromatography (GC) with electron-capture, flame photometric or mass spectrometric detection, or liquid chromatography (LC) with diode array detection were applied in the determination of a selected group of insecticides(More)
In this study the evaluation of nitrogen removal in wastewater from a meat products processing company was performed, using a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) at pilot scale. The phases of the SBR operation were: filling, reaction (aeration and intermittent anoxia), sedimentation and discharge. In each of these phases analyses of ammonium (NH(4)(+)), nitrite(More)
A comparative degradation study of endosulfan spiked at 35 micrograms/l in water using photocatalysis with (FeCl3/H2O2)/(TiO2/H2O2) and photolysis using either a xenon arc lamp and/or sunlight was performed. After irradiation the water samples were preconcentrated using C18 solid-phase disk extraction and analysis by gas chromatography-electron capture and(More)
The photodegradation of non-ionic surfactants (nonylphenol- and alcohol-polyethoxylates, NPEOx and CnEOx) was investigated in different waters with and without a photoinducter (Fe(III)). Deionized water and industrial effluent spiked at 0.5 mg/L with C10EO6 and NPEO9 were irradiated using a xenon arc lamp. Aliquots of the test solutions were taken at(More)
In this work, a multi-class method for the simultaneous determination of 17 emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, has been developed. Target analytes were two anti-inflammatories, a lipid regulator agent, two angiotensin II antagonists, two antiepileptic drugs and a diuretic. Among personal care products, four(More)