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Influence of agricultural amendments on arsenic biogeochemistry and phytotoxicity in a soil polluted by the destruction of arsenic-containing shells

Abstract : Agricultural soils can contain high arsenic (As) concentrations due to specific geological contexts or pollution. Fertilizer amendments could influence As speciation and mobility thus increasing its transfer to crops and its toxicity. In the present study, field-relevant amounts of fertilizers were applied to soils from a cultivated field that was a former ammunition-burning site. Potassium phosphate (KP), ammonium sulfate and organic matter (OM) were applied to these soils in laboratory experiments to assess their impact on As leaching, bioavailability to Lactuca sativa and microbial parameters. None of the fertilizers markedly influenced As speciation and mobility, although trends showed an increase of mobility with KP and a decrease of mobility with ammonium sulfate. Moreover, KP induced a small increase of As in Lactuca sativa, and the polluted soil amended with ammonium sulfate was significantly less phytotoxic than the un-amended soil. Most probable numbers of AsIII-oxidizing microbes and AsIII-oxidizing activity were strongly linked to As levels in water and soils. Ammonium sulfate negatively affected AsIII-oxidizing activity in the un-polluted soil. Whereas no significant effect on As speciation in water could be detected, amendments may have an impact in the long term.
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Fabienne Battaglia-Brunet, Marina Le Guedard, Olivier Faure, Mickael Charron, Daniel Huber, et al.. Influence of agricultural amendments on arsenic biogeochemistry and phytotoxicity in a soil polluted by the destruction of arsenic-containing shells. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier, 2021, 409, pp.124580. ⟨10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124580⟩. ⟨emse-03224006⟩

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