Brockett B.F.T.,University of British Columbia |
Brockett B.F.T.,GroundWork |
Prescott C.E.,University of British Columbia |
Grayston S.J.,University of British Columbia
Soil Biology and Biochemistry | Year: 2012
Although soil microorganisms play a central role in the soil processes that determine nutrient availability and productivity of forest ecosystems, we are only beginning to understand how microbial communities are shaped by environmental factors and how the structure and function of soil microbial communities in turn influence rates of key soil processes. Here we compare the structure and function of soil microbial communities in seven mature, undisturbed forest types across a range of regional climates in British Columbia and Alberta, and examine the variation in community composition within forest types. We collected the forest floor fermentation (F) and humus (H) layers and upper 10 cm of mineral soil at 3 sites in each of seven forest types (corresponding to seven Biogeoclimatic zones) in both spring and summer. Phospholipid fatty acid analysis was used to investigate the structure of soil microbial communities and total soil microbial biomass; potential activities of extra-cellular enzymes indicated the functional potential of the soil microbial community in each layer at each site.Multivariate analysis indicated that both structure and enzyme activities of soil microbial communities differed among the forest types, and significantly separated along the regional climate gradient, despite high local variation. Soil moisture and organic matter contents were most closely related to microbial community characteristics. Forests in the Ponderosa Pine and Mountain Hemlock zones were distinct from other forests and from each other when comparing potential enzyme activities and had the most extreme moisture and temperature values. Forest floors from the hot and dry Ponderosa Pine forests were associated with enzymes characteristic of water-stress and high concentrations of phenols and other recalcitrant compounds. The wet and cold Mountain Hemlock forests were associated with low enzyme activity.An influence of tree species was apparent at the three sites within the Coastal Western Hemlock zone; high bacterial:fungal biomass ratios were found under western redcedar (Thuja plicata) which also had high pH and base-cation levels, and under Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), which had high N availability. Potential activities enzymes differed among soil layers: potential activities of phenol oxidase and peroxidase were highest in mineral soil, whereas phosphatase, betaglucosidase, NAGase, sulfatase, xylosidase and cellobiohydrolase were highest in the forest floors. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Food and nutrition bulletin | Year: 2013
The prevalence of stunting, underweight, and micronutrient deficiencies are persistently high in young children in the Philippines, and among other factors, suboptimal infant and young child feeding behavior may contribute to these forms of malnutrition. To improve the understanding of contributors associated with the nutritional status of children 6 to 23 months of age living in urban areas of the Philippines. A cross-sectional survey was conducted covering five urban centers in the Philippines. Data on infant and young child feeding and nutritional status (including wasting, stunting, underweight, anemia, iron deficiency, and vitamin A deficiency) were collected for 1,784 children. Among children from urban and predominantly poor and very poor households, 26% were stunted, 18% were underweight, and 5% were wasted. Forty-two percent were anemic, 28% were iron deficient, and 3% were vitamin A deficient. About half of the children were breastfed within an hour after birth, were breastfed at the time of the survey, and had been continuously breastfed up to 1 year of age. Of the factors investigated, low socioeconomic status, use of cheaper cooking fuel, and nonuse of multivitamins were all independently associated with stunting. The prevalence of anemia, iron deficiency, and vitamin A deficiency were independently associated with the same factors and poorer sanitation facilities, lower maternal education, current unemployment, and inflammation. These factors merit attention in future programming and interventions may include promotion of the timely introduction of appropriate fortified complementary foods, the use of affordable multiple micronutrient preparations, and measures to reduce infections.
GroundWork | Date: 2016-03-11
Enhanced performance analysis and capacity planning module for Groundwork Monitor enterprise designed to allow customers to choose between traditional performance data collection and reporting tools using fixed length and provides an enhanced performance analysis capability using collected data.
GroundWork | Date: 2016-03-08
Software instrumentation to monitor computing infrastructure performance, namely, server capacity, networks and storage arrays.
GroundWork | Date: 2016-04-20
Software module connecting a leading server, network and storage virtualization managers to the overall software monitor; module designed to continuously collect performance metrics from products for insertion into overall database.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Innovation Voucher | Award Amount: 5.00K | Year: 2013
Groundwork has developed a service called ‘Green Doctor’. Green Drs show people how to make their homes more environmentally friendly, reducing greenhouse gas emissions at point of use. This is achieved through a combination of behaviour change and retro-fitting practical measures to the house.Traditional programmes concentrate on technical assessment and major capital works. Green Drs offer a more holistic approach that includes how people use their homes to achieve the best possible savings. We also use our community development skills to reach households that wouldn’t usually sign up to energy schemes.Green Dr itself is innovative and saves many thousands of tons of carbon production each year that wouldn’t be saved otherwise. The innovative use and customisation of technology can make the delivery of the service even more efficient, allowing us to visit more homes and so create greater emissions reductions.
News Article | November 12, 2014
Using Docker containers to deploy virtual applications might be a good idea, but how can an enterprise actually monitor what's going on? GroundWork believes its BoxSpy project is up to the task.
News Article | July 1, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GroundWork, Inc. (www.gwos.com), the leading Unified Monitoring solution for IT operations management and cloud monitoring, announced improved Amazon Cloud support through GroundWork Cloud Hub Amazon Connector. Available in the latest version of GroundWork Cloud Hub, this new connector is FREE up to 50 devices and is 36 percent cheaper compared to Amazon Cloud Watch. GroundWork Cloud Hub is a Cloud monitoring solution that communicates with multiple public and private cloud platforms including OpenStack, Docker, VMware, KVM and RHEV-M. It runs as an independent application with the ability to operate on a separate machine from GroundWork Monitor for additional scalability and topological flexibility. Because Cloud Hub operates as an open standards-based, web services communication and open API, the new Cloud Hub Amazon Connector does not have to run on the Amazon Cloud. “Hybrid clouds, using a combination of public clouds like Amazon plus a local private cloud, are becoming increasingly popular with GroundWork's user base,” said David Dennis, VP of Marketing and Products for GroundWork. “Our updated Amazon Connector for Cloud Hub delivers hybrid cloud monitoring by providing expanded Amazon cloud metrics, at a reduced cost, while also monitoring your private cloud or other local data center devices.” Download the latest version of GroundWork Cloud Hub, including the new Amazon Connector: GroundWork, Inc. (http://www.gwos.com) delivers performance and availability monitoring of hybrid cloud, container, application, server, network and storage data.
News Article | November 14, 2016
CLEVELAND and COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BlueBridge Networks announced it has added GroundWork Group (GWg) to its Ohio Cloud platform. The GroundWork group (GWg) is a nonprofit organization providing technology solutions to over 175 charities. It was formed with a...