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Effect Of Wood-Based Biochar And Sewage Sludge Amendments For Soil Phosphorus Availability

Vladimír Frišták / Gerhard Soja
  • Department of Health & Environment, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Tulln, 3430, Austria
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Published Online: 2015-07-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nbec-2015-0020


This study investigated the effects of two biochars (pyrolysed wood chips and garden clippings) on phosphorus (P) availability in a heavy-metal contaminated soil poor in phosphorus. Short-term 14-days incubation experiments were conducted to study how applications of biochars at different rates (1 and 5 %) in combination with (1:1) and without dried sewage sludge from a municipal waste water treatment plant (WWTP) affected the content of soil extractable P. For P-availability analyses deionized water, calcium acetate lactate (CAL), Mehlich 3 and Olsen extraction protocols were applied. In addition, the content of total and mobile forms of potentially toxic heavy metals (PTHM) was studied. Application of both biochars caused a significant decrease of PTHM available forms in sewage sludge amended soil samples. The concentration of total and available P increased with higher biochar and sewage sludge application rates.

Keywords: biochar; sewage sludge; availability; heavy metals; phosphorus; soil


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Published Online: 2015-07-24

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Citation Information: Nova Biotechnologica et Chimica, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 104–115, ISSN (Online) 1338-6905, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nbec-2015-0020.

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