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We tested the effects of three amendments (a biosolid compost, a sugar beet lime, and a combination of leonardite plus sugar beet lime) on trace element stabilisation and spontaneous revegetation of a trace element contaminated soil. Soil properties were analysed before and after amendment application. Spontaneous vegetation growing on the experimental plot(More)
We evaluated the effects of different amendments and/or a plant cover on reclamation of a trace element contaminated soil. Seven treatments were established: four organic (leonardite (LEO), litter (LIT), municipal waste compost (MWC), biosolid compost (BC)), one inorganic (sugar beet lime (SL)) and two controls (control without amendment but with Agrostis(More)
Changes in organic C, available P, available heavy metal contents and enzymatic activities induced by addition of two heavy metal rich organic residues [a municipal solid waste compost (MWC) and a non-composted paper sludge (PS)] were determined in two different soils during a 280-day incubation experiment. The addition of the organic materials caused a(More)
The purposes of this study were to determine the Cu(II) binding behavior of humic acids (HAs) isolated from biosolid compost (BI), leonardite (LE), a metal-contaminated soil, and the soil remediated with either BI or LE in relation to their structural properties, and to explore the role exerted by the HA fractions in controlling soil Cu(II) bioavailability.(More)
Organic wastes can be recycled as a source of plant nutrients, enhancing crop production by improving soil quality. However, the study of the dynamic of soil nutrient, especially the N dynamic, after soil application of any organic material is vital for assessing a correct and effective use of the material, minimizing the losses of nitrate in leachates and(More)
The effects of the Populus alba tree on different biochemical soil properties, growing in a contaminated area, were studied for two years under field conditions. Two types of trace element contaminated soils were studied: a neutral contaminated soil (NC) and an acid contaminated soil (AC). One neutral non-contaminated area was studied as control. Soil(More)
Optimum moisture content (MC) for three different compostable materials was estimated through the relationship 'MC vs. FAS', where FAS is the free air space, which is calculated from the values of both particle and bulk density (method 1). As the determination of particle and bulk density was complicated and tedious, two simplifications of the method 1 were(More)
The Aznalcóllar accident (28th April 1998) occurred because the collapse of the tailing-dam dike of the Aznalcóllar-Los Frailes mines. Soils were affected by a slurry of acidic water loaded with trace elements, finely divided metal sulphides, and materials used in the refining /floating process. Studies carried out before and after the soil restoration(More)
A 4-year study was undertaken on the effect of three amendments (biosolid compost (BC), sugar beet lime (SL), and combination of leonardite plus sugar beet lime (LESL)) on reclamation of a moderately trace element-contaminated soil under field conditions. Results showed that organic C increased in BC and LESL treatments. BC and SL treatments increased soil(More)
The use of fast growing trees is a common practice for phytoremediation of contaminated soils. Plant roots can change trace element bioavailability in soils. We studied the effect of Populus alba on trace element bioavailability on two contaminated soils (one with neutral pH and other with acid pH) comparing two methods (0.01 M CaCl2-extractable in soil and(More)