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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2008 Vol.9 No.3 P.366~372


Physico-chemical characterization of a farmland affected by wastewater in relation to heavy metals

Author(s):  Emmanuel U. ONWEREMADU

Affiliation(s):  Department of Soil Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526 Owerri, Nigeria

Corresponding email(s):   uzomaonweremadu@yahoo.com

Key Words:  Bioavailability, Characterization, Heavy metals, Soil pollution, Wastewater

Emmanuel U. ONWEREMADU. Physico-chemical characterization of a farmland affected by wastewater in relation to heavy metals[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2008, 9(3): 366~372.

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This study investigated selected properties of soils affected by wastewater and its relationship with some heavy metals. A free survey technique involving target sampling was used in siting soil profile pits. Soil samples were collected based on horizon differentiation and analyzed using routine and special analytical techniques. Soil data were subjected to correlation analysis using SAS program. Results show that all heavy metals studied had values above critical limits in the polluted soils using known standards and that these biotoxic metals decreased with soil depths. Highly significant (P=0.01 and 0.05) relationships were established between investigated heavy metals and some soil properties, especially soil pH and organic matter. Further studies involving more edaphic properties, biotoxic metals and their bioaccessibility in crops growing on wastewater soils will surely enhance knowledge and management of these highly anthropogenically influenced soils of the study site.

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