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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 12, No. 9, 2015, pp. 2765-2776
Bioline Code: st15259
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 9, 2015, pp. 2765-2776

 en Impact of various amendments on immobilization and phytoavailability of nickel and zinc in a contaminated floodplain soil
Shaheen, S. M.; Rinklebe, J. & Selim, M. H.


The immobilization of toxic metals in soils using amendments is a cost-effective remediation technique for contaminated soils. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the efficiency of various amendments to immobilize nickel (Ni) and zinc (Zn) in soil and reduce their phytoavailability. A greenhouse pot experiment was established with a contaminated agricultural floodplain soil. The soil was treated with activated carbon (AC), bentonite (BE), biochar (BI), cement bypass kiln dust (CBD), chitosan (CH), coal fly ash (FA), limestone (LS), nano-hydroxyapatite (HA), organo-clay (OC), sugar beet factory lime (SBFL), and zeolite (Z) with an application rate of 1 % (0.2 % for HA) and cultivated by rapeseed ( Brassica napus check for this species in other resources ). After plant harvesting, the soil was analyzed for water-soluble and geochemical fractions of Ni and Zn. Additionally, both metals were analyzed in the aboveground biomass. Application of the amendments increased significantly the biomass production of rapeseed compared to the control (except for OC, HA, and FA). Water-soluble Ni and Zn decreased significantly after adding the amendments (except OC, Z, and CH). The SBFL, CBD, LS, BE, AC, and BI were most effective, resulting in a 58–99 and 56–96 % decrease in water-soluble Ni and Zn, respectively. The addition of SBFL, CBD, and LS leads to the highest decreasing rate of concentrations of Ni in plants (56–68 %) and Zn (40–49 %). The results demonstrate the high potential of CBD, SBFL, LS, BE, AC, and BI for the immobilization of Ni and Zn in contaminated floodplain soils.

Low-cost immobilizing agents; Nanohydroxyapatite; Organo-clay; Rapeseed; Remediation; Toxic metals

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