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Zinc sorption in selected soils

Imtiaz, M., Alloway, B. J., Aslam, M., Memon, M. Y., Khan, P., Siddiqui, S. U. H. and Shah, S. K. H. (2006) Zinc sorption in selected soils. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 37 (11-12). pp. 1675-1688. ISSN 0010-3624

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The adsorption of nutrient elements is one of the most important solid- and liquid-phase interactions determining the retention and release of applied plant nutrients and the efficiency of fertilization. The study showed that the soils with high cation exchange capacity (CEC), CaCO3 , organic matter contents, and heavy texture adsorbed more zinc (Zn). The alkaline soils from Pakistan adsorbed more Zn than English acidic soils. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm fit was excellent, and r(2) values for the Langmuir isotherm were highly significant (r(2) =0.84 to 0.99). The Langmuir b values, representing the adsorptive capacity of a soil, increased as the texture fineness increased in the soil, with increases in the concentration of adsorptive material (such as organic matter and CaCO3) and with increases in CEC and pH. The alkaline soils from Pakistan had higher bonding energy constant and higher log Kf values than the acidic English soils. Sequential extraction of Zn in these soils showed that most of the Zn was held in CaCO3 pool in the alkaline soils, whereas in acidic soils adsorbed Zn was in exchangeable form.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:3660
Uncontrolled Keywords:acidic soils adsorption alkaline soils isotherms sorption zinc TRACE-METALS ADSORPTION AVAILABILITY SPECIATION CADMIUM PLANTS
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