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  • Metsäniitty, Mari; Waltimo-Siren, Janna; Ranta, Helena; Fieuws, Steffen; Thevissen, Patrick (2019)
    Estimation of an individual's age has important applications in forensics. In young individuals, it often relies on separate evaluations of permanent teeth (PT) and third molars (TM) development. Here, we analysed the age prediction performance of combined information from PT and TM in an unusual sample of healthy Somalis, born and living in Finland. PT development was staged according to Demirjian et al. (Hum Biol, 1973) and TM development according to Kohler et al. (Ann Anat, 1994), using panoramic radiographs from 803 subjects (397 males, 406 females) aged 3-23years. A sex-specific Bayesian age-estimation model for the multivariate distribution of the stages conditional on age was fitted on PT, TM and PT and TM combined. The age-estimation performances were validated and quantified. The approach combining PT and TM only overestimated age with an ME of -0.031years in males and -0.011years in females, indicating the best age prediction performance.
  • Metsäniitty, Mari; Waltimo-Siren, Janna; Ranta, Helena; Fieuws, Steffen; Thevissen, Patrick (2018)
    AimThe aim of the current study was to retrospectively collect dental panoramic radiographs from Somali children living in Finland, to use the radiographic data to develop a new age estimation model based on the model established by Willems et al. (J Forensic Sci 46(4):893-895, 2001), and to compare the age prediction performances of the Willems et al. model (WM) and the newly developed model.Material and methodsDental panoramic radiographs from 808 healthy Somalis born in Finland were selected. The development of the seven left mandibular permanent teeth, from the central incisor to the second molar, was staged according to Demirjian et al. (Hum Biol 45(2):211-227, 1973). Radiographs with all listed permanent teeth completely developed were excluded. The studied sample consisted of 635 subjects (311 females, 324 males) ranging in age from 4 to 18years. Kappa and weighted Kappa statistics were used to quantify intra- and inter-observer agreement in stage allocation. The collected dataset was used to validate the WM, constructed on a Belgian Caucasian reference sample, and to establish a Somali-specific age estimation model (SM) based on the WM. Both models were validated and their age prediction performances quantified using mean error (ME), mean absolute error (MAE) and root mean squared error (RMSE).ResultsThe SM resulted in a slight underestimation of age when the sex groups were analysed separately or combined, with ME varying between 0.04 (standard deviation (SD) 1.01) and 0.05 (SD 1.04) years, MAE between 0.77 and 0.80years and RMSE between 1.01 and 1.04years. The WM statistically significantly underestimated the age of females, with an ME of 0.20 (SD 1.01) years (p=0.0006). For males, and for females and males combined, no statistically significant ME was observed.ConclusionThe WM and SM were similar in their age prediction performances, and the use of the WM in dental age assessment in the Somali population is justified.
  • Taleb, Kawther; Lauridsen, Eva; Daugaard-Jensen, Jette; Nieminen, Pekka; Kreiborg, Sven (2018)
    BackgroundDentinogenesis imperfecta (DI) is a rare debilitating hereditary disorder affecting dentin formation and causing loss of the overlying enamel. Clinically, DI sufferers have a discolored and weakened dentition with an increased risk of fracture. The aims of this study were to assess genotype-phenotype findings in three families with DI-II with special reference to mutations in the DSPP gene and clinical, histological, and imaging manifestations. MethodsNine patients participated in the study (two from family A, four from family B, and three from family C). Buccal swab samples were collected from all participants and extracted for genomic DNA. Clinical and radiographic examinations had been performed longitudinally, and the dental status was documented using photographic images. Four extracted and decalcified tooth samples were prepared for histological analysis to assess dysplastic manifestations in the dentin. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was applied to study the health of enamel tissue from invivo images and the effect of the mutation on the function and structure of the DSPP gene was analyzed using bioinformatics software programs. ResultsThe direct DNA sequence analysis revealed three distinct mutations, one of which was a novel finding. The mutations caused dominant phenotypes presumably by interference with signal peptide processing and protein secretion. The clinical and radiographic disturbances in the permanent dentition indicated interfamilial variability in DI-II manifestations, however, no significant intrafamilial variability was observed. ConclusionThe different mutations in the DSPP gene were accompanied by distinct phenotypes. Enamel defects suggested deficit in preameloblast function during the early stages of amelogenesis.
  • Hagner, Marleena; Mikola, Juha; Saloniemi, Irma; Saikkonen, Kari; Helander, Marjo (2019)
  • Yu, Lu; Sun, Fengyue; Beier, Christoph; Wu, Dongqian; Li, Liang; Wang, Li; Huang, Guobiao; Fan, Xingzhu; Xu, Chenghan (2022)
    The Heihaibei gold deposit is a newly discovered gold deposit in the southern part of the Eastern Kunlun Orogenic Belt. Its most distinctive features are that the gold mineralization is hosted in monzogranite, and that the presence of pre-ore (possibly syn-ore) monzogranite and post-ore gabbro allows to constrain the mineralization’s formation age. Zircons from the monzogranites yield U-Pb ages of 454 ± 3 Ma, while zircons separated from the gabbro dikes cutting the monzogranites and gold mineralized body yield U-Pb ages of 439 ± 3 Ma, which is interpreted to be the minimum age of the Au mineralizing event. Combined with the regional geological background, we proposed that the Heihaibei Au mineralization occurred during the subduction stage of the Early Paleozoic Proto-Tethys ocean. The ore assemblage is dominated by pyrite, arsenopyrite and native gold. The hydrothermal alteration that has led to the peculiar enrichment of Au is not systematically distributed and displays no clear concentric zoning pattern. The main mineralization formed during three stages: the K-feldspar-quartz-pyrite (Py1)-arsenopyrite-sericite-epidote stage (I), the quartz-pyrite (Py2)-native gold-chlorite stage (Ⅱ), and the quartz-carbonate stage (III). The main gold mineralization occurred during stage Ⅱ. Fluid inclusion homogenization temperature and salinities decrease from stage I (Th., 268–412 °C; W., 6.87–16.63 wt% NaCl equiv.) to stage Ⅱ (Th., 183–288 °C; W., 3.69–14.84 wt% NaCl equiv.). The δ18O and δD values (δ18OH2O = 4.9 to 9.7‰; δDV-SMOW = -84.1‰ to −81.1‰) of quartz samples from stage I and stage Ⅱ are comparable to a magmatic-hydrothermal ore-forming fluid that possibly underwent fluid-rock interaction with the Nachitai Group metamorphic rocks during the early ore-forming stage. The relatively uniform δ34S values (δ34SV-CDT = 7.7 to 8.5‰) are slightly elevated compared to magmatic δ34S values, but could be derived from a magma if a significant crustal melt component is present. Moreover, the δ34S values are within the S isotopic composition range of a granitic reservoir, suggesting that they are probably inherited from the Heihaibei monzogranites. The Pb and Hf isotope compositions imply a close genetic association between the gold mineralization and granitic magmatism, which are both the products of the mixing of crustal and mantle sources. The trace element compositions of pyrite provide additional evidence that the gold mineralization in the Heihaibei deposit was related to the magmatism. Compared with the typical characteristics of orogenic gold and intrusion-related gold systems (IRGS) deposits, the Heihaibei gold deposit may instead be classified as a granitic intrusion-related gold deposit.
  • Lappalainen, Mari; Kukkonen, Jussi V. K.; Piirainen, Sirpa; Sarjala, Tytti; Setälä, Heikki; Koivusalo, Harri; Finer, Leena; Lauren, Ari (2013)
  • Yli-Halla, Markku; Virtanen, Seija; Regina, Kristiina; Österholm, Peter; Ehnvall, Betty; Uusi-Kämppä, Jaana (2020)
    Besides causing acidification, acid sulfate (AS) soils contain large nitrogen (N) stocks and are a potential source of N loading to waters and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. We quantified the stocks and flows of N, including crop yields, N leaching, and N2O emissions, in a cultivated AS soil in western Finland. We also investigated whether controlled drainage (CD) and sub-irrigation (CDI) to keep the sulfidic horizons inundated can alleviate N losses. Total N stock at 0-100 cm (19.5 Mg ha(-1)) was smaller than at 100-200 cm (26.6 Mg ha(-1)), and the mineral N stock was largest below 170 cm. Annual N leaching (31-91 kg N ha(-1)) plus N in harvested grain (74-122 kg N ha(-1)) was 148% (range 118-189%) of N applied in fertilizers (90-125 kg N ha(-1)) in 2011-2017, suggesting substantial N supply from soil reserves. Annual emissions of N2O measured during 2 years were 8-28 kg N ha(-1). The most probable reasons for high N2O emission rates in AS soils are concomitant large mineral N pools with fluctuating redox conditions and low pH in the oxidized subsoil, all favoring formation of N2O in nitrification and denitrification. Although the groundwater level was higher in CD and CDI than in conventional drainage, N load and crop offtake did not differ between the drainage methods, but there were differences in emissions. Nitrogen flows to the atmosphere and drainage water were clearly larger than those in non-AS mineral soils indicating that AS soils are potential hotspots of environmental impacts.
  • Karhu, Kristiina; Kalu, Subin; Seppänen, Aino; Kitzler, Barbara; Virtanen, Eetu (2021)
    Addition of biochar to soil has been shown to reduce nitrogen (N) leaching in pot experiments, but direct field measurements are scarce, and data is lacking especially from colder, boreal conditions. We studied the effect of soil organic amendments on nitrate (NO3-) and ammonium (NH4+) leaching using the resin bag method, by placing the bags containing ion-exchange resins under the plough layer. We compared N leaching under five different treatments at the Päästösäästö project site (Soilfood Oy) in Parainen, south-western Finland: non-fertilized control, fertilized control, and three different organic amendments: spruce biochar, willow biochar and nutrient fiber. During the 2017 growing season, resin bags were changed monthly between the end of May and beginning of September, extracted with 1 M NaCl, and analyzed for inorganic N. The daily leaching rate of NO3- was greatest at the beginning of the growing season, right after fertilization. Ammonium leaching was generally lower, and independent of the time since fertilization. The spruce biochar reduced cumulative NO3- leaching by 68% compared to the fertilized control. The NH4+leaching in the organic amendment treatments did not statistically significantly differ from the fertilized control in pairwise comparisons. In October 2017, after harvesting, the resin bags were placed under soil columns again, and left in the soil over winter to accumulate N leached during the plant-free period. Cumulative NO3- leaching during winter was consistent with the corresponding summer results, and average leaching decreased in the order: willow biochar >fertilized control >nutrient fiber >non-fertilized control >spruce biochar. Thus, we show here, for the first time in a field study from boreal conditions that spruce biochar soil application decreased nitrate leaching, while increasing its retention in the surface layer of the biochar-amended soil.
  • Lappalainen, Mari; Palviainen, Marjo; Kukkonen, Jussi V. K.; Setälä, Heikki; Piirainen, Sirpa; Sarjala, Tytti; Koivusalo, Harri; Finer, Leena; Launiainen, Samuli; Lauren, Ari (2018)
    Terrestrial export of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to watercourses has increased in boreal zone. Effect of decomposing material and soil food webs on the release rate and quality of DOC are poorly known. We quantified carbon (C) release in CO2, and DOC in different molecular weights from the most common organic soils in boreal zone; and explored the effect of soil type and enchytraeid worms on the release rates. Two types of mor and four types of peat were incubated in laboratory with and without enchytraeid worms for 154 days at + 15 A degrees C. Carbon was mostly released as CO2; DOC contributed to 2-9% of C release. The share of DOC was higher in peat than in mor. The release rate of CO2 was three times higher in mor than in highly decomposed peat. Enchytraeids enhanced the release of CO2 by 31-43% and of DOC by 46-77% in mor. High molecular weight fraction dominated the DOC release. Upscaling the laboratory results into catchment level allowed us to conclude that peatlands are the main source of DOC, low molecular weight DOC originates close to watercourse, and that enchytraeids substantially influence DOC leaching to watercourse and ultimately to aquatic CO2 emissions.
  • Zhu, Xudan; Zhu, Tingting; Pumpanen, Jukka; Palviainen, Marjo; Zhou, Xuan; Kulmala, Liisa; Bruckman, Viktor; Köster, Egle; Köster, Kajar; Aaltonen, Heidi; Makita, Naoki; Wang, Yixiang; Berninger, Frank (2020)
    Key message During the first summer, wood biochar amendments increased soil temperature, pH, and soil CO(2)effluxes in a xeric boreal Scots pine forest. The increase of soil CO(2)efflux could be largely explained by increases in by soil temperature. Higher biochar application rates (1.0 vs 0.5 kg m(-2)) led to higher soil CO(2)efflux while the pyrolysis temperature of biochar (500 or 650 degrees C) had no effect on soil CO(2)efflux. Context Using biochar as a soil amendment has been proposed to increase the carbon sequestration in soils. However, a more rapid soil organic matter turnover after biochar application might reduce the effectiveness of biochar applications for carbon sequestration. By raising the pyrolysis temperature, biochar with lower contents of labile carbohydrates can be produced. Aims To better understand the effects of biochar on boreal forest soil, we applied two spruce biochar with different pyrolysis temperatures (500 degrees C and 650 degrees C) at amounts of 1.0 and 0.5 kg m(-2)in a young xeric Scots pine forest in southern Finland. Methods Soil CO2, microbial biomass, and physiochemical properties were measured to track changes after biochar application during the first summer. Results Soil CO(2)increased 14.3% in 1.0 kg m(-2)treatments and 4.6% in 0.5 kg m(-2). Soil temperature and pH were obviously higher in the 1.0 kg m(-2)treatments. Differences in soil CO(2)among treatments disappear after correcting by soil temperature and soil moisture. Conclusion Biochar increased soil CO(2)mainly by raising soil temperature in the short term. Higher biochar application rates led to higher soil CO(2)effluxes. The increase in soil CO(2)efflux may be transient. More studies are needed to get the optimum biochar amount for carbon sequestration in boreal forest.
  • Hagner, Marleena; Räty, Mari; Nikama, Johanna; Rasa, Kimmo; Peltonen, Sari; Vepsäläinen, Jouko; Keskinen, Riikka (2021)
    A substantial percentage of manure nitrogen (N) can be lost as gaseous ammonia (NH3) during storage and field spreading. Lowering slurry pH is a simple and accepted method for preserving its N. Efficiency of slow pyrolysis liquid (PL) produced from birch (Betula sp.) as an acidifying agent, and its ability to reduce NH3 emissions following surface application of cattle slurry, was studied in a field experiment. Untreated slurry (US) and slurries acidified with PL and sulfuric acid (SA) were applied to the second harvest of a grass ley. Immediate NH3 emissions, grass biomass, N-yield and possible toxic impacts on soil nematodes and enchytraeids were examined. Furthermore, the effects on soil respiration, nitrogen dynamics and seed germination were studied in subsequent laboratory experiments. In the field, over one third of the water-extractable ammonium-N (NH4-N) applied was lost through NH3 volatilization from US. SA and PL acidified slurries reduced NH3-N emission rate equally from 3.4 to (c) 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
  • Qu, Zhao-Lei; Santalahti, Minna; Köster, Kajar; Berninger, Frank; Pumpanen, Jukka; Heinonsalo, Jussi; Sun, Hui (2021)
    The boreal forest environment plays an important role in the global C cycle due to its high carbon storage capacity. However, relatively little is known about the forest fungal community at a regional scale in boreal forests. In the present study, we have re-analyzed the data from our previous studies and highlighted the core fungal community composition and potential functional groups in three forests dominated by Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in Finland, and identified the fungal generalists that appear across geographic locations despite differences in local conditions. The three forests represent subarctic, northern and southern boreal forest, and are all in an un-managed state without human interference or management. The subarctic and northern areas are subject to reindeer grazing. The results showed that the three locations formed distinct fungal community structures (P < 0.05). Compared to the two northern locations, the southern boreal forest harbored a greater abundance of Zygomycota, Lactarius, Mortierella Umbelopsis, and Tylospora, in which aspect there were no differences between the two northern forests. Cortinarius, Piloderma, and Suillus were the core fungal genera in the boreal Scots pine forest. Functionally, the southern boreal forest harbored a greater abundance of saprotroph, endophytes and fungal parasite-lichen, whereas a greater abundance of ectomycorrhizal fungi was observed in the northern boreal forests. Moreover, the pathotroph and wood saprotrophs were commonly present in these three regions. The three locations formed two distinct fungal community functional structures, by which the southern forest was clearly separated from the two northern forests, suggesting a distance-decay relationship via geographic location. This study provides useful information for better understanding the common fungal communities and functions in boreal forests in different geographical locations.
  • Li, Jichen; Hernandez-Ramirez, Guillermo; Kiani, Mina; Quideau, Sylvie; Smith, Elwin G.; Janzen, Henry; Larney, Francis J.; Puurveen, Dick (2018)
    Soil organic matter (SOM) is a major driver of key agroecosystem functions. Our objective was to examine the dynamics of organic matter in whole soil, particulate (POM; > 53 mu m size), and mineral-associated (MAOM) fractions under varying crop rotations and nutrient managements at two long-term experimental sites (Breton and Lethbridge). Soil samples were collected from simple (2 yr) and complex (5 or 6 yr) crop rotations at the 5 - 10 cm depth. We found associations between SOM pools versus microbial community and soil aggregation. Compared to cropped soils, an adjacent forest exhibited a significantly higher soil total organic carbon (TOC) and a shift in SOM fractions with substantially higher POM. However, the forest soil had the lowest microbial biomass C among all the assessed land use systems (P <0 .05), suggesting that other factors than the amount of labile SOM (i.e., POM-C) were controlling the microbial community. When contrasted to simple 2 yr rotations, the complex rotations including perennials and legumes significantly raised TOC and soil total nitrogen as well as the stable SOM fraction (i.e., MAOM-C and -N)consistently for both Breton and Lethbridge sites. Our findings highlight that varying land managements have profound feedbacks on soil quality as mediated by alterations in long-term SOM dynamics.
  • Song, Mengya; Yu, Lei; Fu, Shenglei; Korpelainen, Helena; Li, Chunyang (2020)
    At the early stage of primary succession, there are deficient nutrient resources as well as competition stress among neighboring plants. Our aims were to elucidate the flexibility of tree seedlings' stoichiometric relationships and their effects on soil microbial communities, and to determine the driving forces of species turnover during primary succession through the evaluation of carbon (C) : nitrogen (N) : phosphorus (P) stoichiometric relationships. We conducted an experiment testing N addition effect on two species from the early stage of primary succession, under intra- and interspecific competition conditions. Our results showed that higher values of delta N-15-NO(3)(-)and delta C-13 were observed inPopulus purdomiiindividuals than inSalix rehderianaafter N application, which indicated a more efficient N uptake and water-use efficiency inP. purdomiiplants. Furthermore, under N addition, the intraspecific competition ofP. purdomiipresented a higher urease activity, microbial biomass C (MBC), microbial N:P ratio (MBN:MBP), and phylogenetic diversity compared to the intraspecific competition ofS. rehderiana. The results showed thatP. purdomiiseedlings influenced soil properties in a way that led to a positive feedback on their performance with an increasing N availability. In contrast,S. rehderianaseedlings influenced soil properties in a way that caused a negative feedback on their performance with increasing N. Such events can promote species turnover fromSalixtoPopulusduring succession. Additionally, DNA sequencing of soil bacterial communities showed differences in the composition of microbial communities in response to N fertilization and different competition patterns. Altogether, our results showed that plant, soil, and microbial community responses to N fertilization in a subalpine glacier forefield differed among tree species and competition patterns. This study brings new insight into mechanisms that drive species replacement and biogeochemical cycling during primary succession.
  • Aaltonen, Heidi; Palviainen, Marjo; Zhou, Xuan; Köster, Egle; Berninger, Frank; Pumpanen, Jukka; Köster, Kajar (2019)
    Climate warming in arctic/subarctic ecosystems will result in increased frequency of forest fires, elevated soil temperatures and thawing of permafrost, which have implications for soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition rates, the CO2 emissions and globally significant soil C stocks in this region. It is still unclear how decomposability and temperature sensitivity of SOM varies in different depths and different stages of succession following forest fire in permafrost regions and studies on long term effects of forest fires in these areas are lacking. To study this question, we took soil samples from 5, 10 and 30 cm depths from forest stands in Northwest Canada, underlain by permafrost, that were burnt by wildfire 3, 25 and over 100 years ago. We measured heterotrophic soil respiration at 1, 7, 13 and 19 °C. Fire had a significant effect on the active layer depth, and it increased the temperature sensitivity (Q10) of respiration in the surface (5 cm) and in the deepest soil layer (30 cm) in the 3-year-old area compared to the 25- and more than 100-year-old areas. Also the metabolic quotient (qCO2) of soil microbes was increased after fire. Though fires may facilitate the SOM decomposition by increasing active layer depth, they also decreased SOM quality, which may limit the rate of decomposition. After fire all of these changes reverted back to original levels with forest succession.
  • Zhu, Yuhao; Merbold, Lutz; Leitner, Sonja; Pelster, David E.; Okoma, Sheila Abwanda; Ngetich, Felix; Onyango, Alice Anyango; Pellikka, Petri; Butterbach-Bahl, Klaus (2020)
    Aims Decomposition of manure deposited onto pasture from grazing animals represents an important process for carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycles in grassland systems. However, studies investigating manure decomposition are scarce; especially in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Methods In this study, we measured decomposition of three types of animal manure (cattle, sheep, goat) over >1 year using litter bags at four climatically different sites across Kenya. Results Manure dry matter, total C, total N and ammonium concentrations decreased exponentially, with the most rapid decrease occurring during the first few weeks following application, followed by slower changes during the following 2-3 months. Rates of N mineralization were lower than those for C mineralization, resulting in decreasing C/N ratios over time. Generally, cattle manure decomposed faster than sheep or goat manure despite having a higher initial C/N ratio and lower N concentration, with decomposition rates for dry matter ranging from 0.200 to 0.989 k year(-1). Cellulose decomposed first, while lignin concentrations increased among all manure types and at all sites. Conclusions We found that total manure decomposition rates were positively correlated with cumulative precipitation and aridity index, but negatively correlated with mean temperature. Our results show much slower decomposition rates of manures in semi-arid tropical environments of East Africa as compared to the few previous studies in temperate climates.