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Themed collection Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science

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Editorial

Editor’s choice: underappreciated science

Associate Editor Ed Kolodziej introduces the Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts Underappreciated Science collection.

Graphical abstract: Editor’s choice: underappreciated science
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Evaluation of antibacterial and antifungal compounds for selective inhibition of denitrification in soils

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an atmospheric constituent implicated in climate warming and stratospheric ozone depletion.

Graphical abstract: Evaluation of antibacterial and antifungal compounds for selective inhibition of denitrification in soils
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Cyanotoxin degradation activity and mlr gene expression profiles of a Sphingopyxis sp. isolated from Lake Champlain, Canada

Transcriptomic analysis has been used to compare the expression profiles of mlr gene cluster in newly isolated Sphingopyxis sp. MB-E.

Graphical abstract: Cyanotoxin degradation activity and mlr gene expression profiles of a Sphingopyxis sp. isolated from Lake Champlain, Canada
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Transformation of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in prairie pothole pore waters

Reduced sulfur species and dissolved organic matter content are significant factors in determining the fate of organophosphate pesticides in prairie pothole pore waters.

Graphical abstract: Transformation of chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in prairie pothole pore waters
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
Open Access Paper

A passive dosing method to determine fugacity capacities and partitioning properties of leaves

Passive dosing from silicone is used to determine the capacity of leaves to take up chemicals from air and water, which can result in transfer to food webs or soil.

Graphical abstract: A passive dosing method to determine fugacity capacities and partitioning properties of leaves
From the themed collection: Recent Open Access Articles
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Wildfires and water chemistry: effect of metals associated with wood ash

The dissolution of metal-bearing carbonate and oxide phases in ash, and metal re-adsorption to ash can impact water quality after post-fire storm events.

Graphical abstract: Wildfires and water chemistry: effect of metals associated with wood ash
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Sticking to (first) principles: quantum molecular dynamics and Bayesian probabilistic methods to simulate aquatic pollutant absorption spectra

This work explores the relationship between theoretically predicted excitation energies and experimental molar absorption spectra as they pertain to environmental aquatic photochemistry.

Graphical abstract: Sticking to (first) principles: quantum molecular dynamics and Bayesian probabilistic methods to simulate aquatic pollutant absorption spectra
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Landscape geomorphic characteristic impacts on greenhouse gas fluxes in exposed stream and riparian sediments

In forest streams, riparian zone gas emissions exceed those of in-stream locations, with most CO2eq driven by CH4 production.

Graphical abstract: Landscape geomorphic characteristic impacts on greenhouse gas fluxes in exposed stream and riparian sediments
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Quantitative analysis of aliphatic amines in urban aerosols based on online derivatization and high performance liquid chromatography

The chromatogram of a standard solution of 7 amines, and average concentrations and contributions of individual amines in dry and wet seasons. MA, EA, P1A, BA, P2A, HA, and 2AE denote methylamine, ethylamine, butylamine, pentylamine, hexylamine and ethanolamine, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Quantitative analysis of aliphatic amines in urban aerosols based on online derivatization and high performance liquid chromatography
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Transformation of microcystins to 2-methyl-3-methoxy-4-phenylbutyric acid by room temperature ozone oxidation for rapid quantification of total microcystins

Microcystins (MCs) are cyanobacterial hepatotoxins capable of accumulation into animal tissues.

Graphical abstract: Transformation of microcystins to 2-methyl-3-methoxy-4-phenylbutyric acid by room temperature ozone oxidation for rapid quantification of total microcystins
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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Key contributors to variations in fish mercury within and among freshwater reservoirs in Oklahoma, USA

Fish from farm ponds may contain higher concentrations of mercury than those from large reservoirs, and pH, water color, rainfall and nutrients best predict fish mercury concentrations among 61 reservoirs in Oklahoma.

Graphical abstract: Key contributors to variations in fish mercury within and among freshwater reservoirs in Oklahoma, USA
From the themed collection: Editor’s Choice: Underappreciated Science
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About this collection

In the environmental chemical sciences, roughly 10,000 papers are published in the peer reviewed scientific literature every year, and the process by which any specific paper reaches our attention is often all too random. So it’s not surprising that there are many interesting papers that just don’t get enough attention despite their quality and technical merit.

With this in mind, ESPI Associate Editor, Edward Kolodziej (University of Washington), has handpicked a diverse collection of good papers that should really have more eyes on them. This collection contains ten high quality articles on a range of topics, from the chemistry of wildfires to urban aerosols. Edward introduces the collection in his Editorial.

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