Welcome to the February issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter.

The speciation of elements cannot be described as a static picture but has to be described as a dynamic distribution pattern. In this sense, a speciation result is always only a snapshot of the momentary situation. Living systems make use of metabolic reactions in order to control concentrations of the elemental species and to adjust them to the needs of the organism. Especially for the handling of toxic metal species, two different biological compounds have been discussed that are involved in detoxification: metallothioneins in animals and phytochelatins in plants. New research indicated that such differentiation may not be the whole picture (see the news below).

In a more global scale, elemental species are transported across environmental compartments by processes summarized under the heading "biogeochemical cycling". Volatilization is an often underestimated pathway and  new research results indicate that
the rates in which gaseous selenium, sulfur and arsenic are released from an alpine peat bog are considerable (see the news below).

Microbial activity in soils is one factor of such biogeochemical cycling. A research group from China could show that
more than 96% of roxarsone added in chicken feed and applied to soil via chicken manure was degraded and converted to higher toxic As forms such as arsenite, mono- methylarsonic acid, dimethylarsinic acid, arsenate, 4-hydroxyphenylarsonic acid and other unknown As species.  They could also show that these species transformation increased arsenic uptake of vegetables and via the food chain human exposure to arsenic (see the news below).


EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

With all the links to further information and publications the News archive is a valuable collection of "hot topics" in speciation analysis. We continuously update even former news with new links and information so that all news are actual all the time.

Roxarsone and it metabolites in organic fertilizer lead to human exposure to arsenic
A new study from a group of chinese researchers shows that chicken manure bearing roxarsone and its metabolites increased arsenic uptake of vegetables and via the food chain human exposure to arsenic.

Natural wetlands contribute significantly to elemental cycling by volatilization
A new study that was carried out at Eawag in cooperation with four other research institutes shows that the rates in which gaseous selenium, sulfur and arsenic are released from an alpine peat bog are considerable.

The Role of Phytochelatins for Metal Detoxification in Animals
There is growing evidence that phytochelatins may be important for metal detoxifications not only in plants but also in many different animal species.

Bruker introduces new Bruker Advance HPLC for ICP-MS
During the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (Amelia Island, Florida, January 6 – 11, 2014) Bruker showcased a new ultra-sensitive speciation solution: Bruker’s new Advance HPLC in combination with the ultra-sensitive aurora Elite ICP-MS redefines detection limits for speciation analysis.


With a list of about 50 current entries EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.
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HPLC 2014, International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques

Date:     May 11,2014 - May 15,2014
Location:     New Orleans, USA
December 16,2013    Abstract deadline for oral and poster presentations
February 28,2014    Early registration at reduced rate
March 24,2014    Final abstract deadline to submit for poster presentation
March 24,2014    Registration deadline for authors presenting lectures and posters

ISEAC38: The 38th International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Date:     June 17,2014 - June 20,2014
Location:     Lausanne, Switzerland
March 17,2014    Submission of abstracts
April 1,2014    Early registration at reduced fee

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

PittCon 2014: 43th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Date: 02.03.2014 - 07.03.2014

ESAS 2014: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry / 15th Czech -Slovak Spectroscopic Conference
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 16.03.2014 - 21.03.2014

Analytica 2014 – 24th International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Analytica Conference
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 01.04.2014 - 04.04.2014

TEF-5: 5th International IUPAC Symposium for Trace Elements in Food
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 06.05.2014 - 09.05.2014

17th Radiochemical Conference
Location: Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic
Date: 11.05.2014 - 16.05.2014

HPLC 2014, International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: New Orleans, USA
Date: 11.05.2014 - 15.05.2014


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