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Effect on herbicide adsorption of organic forestry waste products used for soil remediation

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posted on 2023-05-03, 17:13 authored by Trevor JamesTrevor James, Hossein Ghanizadeh, Kerry Harrington, Nanthi Bolan
Organic soil amendments can be useful for improving degraded soil, but this increase in organic matter (OM) may influence adsorption of herbicides subsequently applied to the treated soil, even though the particle size of amendments and their nature differ from typical soil OM. In this study, a batch equilibrium method was used to measure adsorption of five herbicides following application to two organic media, wood pulp and sawdust, comparing these with two cropping soils. Herbicide adsorption, quantified by distribution coefficients (kd), was much higher in the two organic media than in the cropping soils. The increases in adsorption were strongly correlated to the percentage of organic carbon. When the kd was normalized to adsorption coefficients corrected for OM content (koc), variation in results between the media was greatly reduced, indicating that OM is an important factor influencing adsorption in these media. The results of this study suggest that herbicides will be less effective when applied to soils in which sawdust and wood pulp have been added. Using organic amendments to remediate soil will increase adsorption of pesticides, reducing their bio-availability and efficacy, but also reducing their tendency to leach into root zones of deep-rooted crops and into groundwater.


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Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B




James, T. K., Ghanizadeh, H., Harrington, K. C., & Bolan, N. S. (2019). Effect on herbicide adsorption of organic forestry waste products used for soil remediation. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, 54(5), 407-415. doi:10.1080/03601234.2019.1574170

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