SREL Reprint #2647




Effects of organic amendments on the reduction and phytoavailability of chromate in mineral soil

N. S. Bolan1, D. C. Adriano2, R. Natesan1, and B.-J. Koo2

1Soil & Earth Science Group, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
2Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Drawer E, Aiken, SC 29802

Abstract: In this study, seven organic amendments (biosolid compost, farm yard manure, fish manure, horse manure, spent mushroom, pig manure, and poultry manure) were investigated for their effects on the reduction of hexavalent chromium [chromate, Cr(VI)] in a mineral soil (Manawatu sandy soil) low in organic matter content. Addition of organic amendments enhanced the rate of reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in the soil. At the same level of total organic carbon addition, there was a significant difference in the extent of Cr(VI) reduction among the soils treated with organic amendments. There was, however, a significant positive linear relationship between the extent of Cr(VI) reduction and the amount of dissolved organic carbon in the soil. The effect of biosolid compost on the uptake of Cr(VI) from the soil, treated with various levels of Cr(VI) (0-1200 mg Cr kg-1 soil), was examined with mustard (Brassica juncea L.) plants. Increasing addition of Cr(VI) increased Cr concentration in plants, resulting in decreased plant growth (i.e., phytotoxicity). Addition of the biosolid compost was effective in reducing the phytotoxicity of Cr(VI). The redistribution of Cr(VI) in various soil components was evaluated by a sequential fractionation scheme. In the unamended soil, the concentration of Cr was higher in the organic-bound, oxide-bound, and residual fractions than in the soluble and exchangeable fractions. Addition of organic amendments also decreased the concentration of the soluble and exchangeable fractions but especially increased the organic-bound fraction in soil.

SREL Reprint #2647

Bolan, N. S., D. C. Adriano, R. Natesan, and Bon-Jun Koo. 2003. Effects of organic amendments on the reduction and phytoavailability of chromate in mineral soil. Journal of Environmental Quality 32:120-128.

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