The combined use of liming and Sarcocornia fruticosa development for phytomanagement of salt marsh soils polluted by mine wastes

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Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Volumen: 186
  • Número: 1
  • Fecha: 15 February 2011
  • Páginas: 805-813
  • ISSN: 03043894
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.11.071
  • Document Type: Article
The aim of this study was to evaluate the combined effects of liming and behaviour of Sarcocornia fruticosa as a strategy of phytomanagement of metal polluted salt marsh soils. Soils were taken from two polluted salt marshes (one with fine texture and pH~6.4 and the other one with sandy texture and pH~3.1). A lime amendment derived from the marble industry was added to each soil at a rate of 20gkg-1, giving four treatments: neutral soil with/without liming and acidic soil with/without liming. Cuttings of S. fruticosa were planted in pots filled with these substrates and grown for 10 months. The pots were irrigated with eutrophicated water. As expected, lime amendment decreased the soluble metal concentrations. In both soils, liming favoured the growth of S. fruticosa and enhanced the capacity of the plants to phytostabilise metals in roots. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

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