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V.C. Uzomah and A.Y. Sangodoyin

Examines rainwater chemistry as it relates to atmospheric pollution in Southern Nigeria. Rainwater samples were collected and analysed for major cations and anions in…

Abstract

Examines rainwater chemistry as it relates to atmospheric pollution in Southern Nigeria. Rainwater samples were collected and analysed for major cations and anions in Lagos, Ibadan and Port Harcourt, these sites reflecting industrial, residential and oil flaring regions respectively. In general, water samples from Ibadan were about neutral. Correlation studies revealed that HCl and H2SO4 dominated the slightly acidic rainwater in the Lagos and Port Harcourt areas respectively. The effect of marine spray from the Gulf of Benin was observed with trace of NaCl. The reaction of the much emitted NH3 with the available SO42– in the atmosphere produced (NH4)2SO4 which acted as a neutralizer for samples from the Lagos area. The findings suggest that rainwater from most industrial cities of Nigeria are tending towards acidity and if oil flaring activities are not checked, there is a tendency of increasing acidic rainwater in the delta regions. The observation and findings are useful for preliminary assessments of the influence of rapid industrial and urban development on atmospheric pollution and indirectly rainwater constituents.

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Environmental Management and Health, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-6163

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Abedalmuhdi Almomany, Ahmad M. Al-Omari, Amin Jarrah and Mohammad Tawalbeh

The problem of motif discovery has become a significant challenge in the era of big data where there are hundreds of genomes requiring annotations. The importance of…

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Purpose

The problem of motif discovery has become a significant challenge in the era of big data where there are hundreds of genomes requiring annotations. The importance of motifs has led many researchers to develop different tools and algorithms for finding them. The purpose of this paper is to propose a new algorithm to increase the speed and accuracy of the motif discovering process, which is the main drawback of motif discovery algorithms.

Design/methodology/approach

All motifs are sorted in a tree-based indexing structure where each motif is created from a combination of nucleotides: ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘T’ and ‘G’. The full motif can be discovered by extending the search around 4-mer nucleotides in both directions, left and right. Resultant motifs would be identical or degenerated with various lengths.

Findings

The developed implementation discovers conserved string motifs in DNA without having prior information about the motifs. Even for a large data set that contains millions of nucleotides and thousands of very long sequences, the entire process is completed in a few seconds.

Originality/value

Experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed implementation; as for a real-sequence of 1,270,000 nucleotides spread into 2,000 samples, it takes 5.9 s to complete the overall discovering process when the code ran on an Intel Core i7-6700 @ 3.4 GHz machine and 26.7 s when running on an Intel Xeon x5670 @ 2.93 GHz machine. In addition, the authors have improved computational performance by parallelizing the implementation to run on multi-core machines using the OpenMP framework. The speedup achieved by parallelizing the implementation is scalable and proportional to the number of processors with a high efficiency that is close to 100%.

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Engineering Computations, vol. 38 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-4401

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