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Efficiency of C3 and C4 Plant Derived-Biochar for Cd Mobility, Nutrient Cycling and Microbial Biomass in Contaminated Soil


Biochar is considered a novel soil amendment to reduce metal mobility, but its influence on soil chemical and biochemical properties is not fully understood. In the present study, biochar derived from rice straw (RSB), rice hull (RHB), and maize stover (MSB) was used to evaluate comparative efficiency on Cd mobility and soil biochemical properties. Ammonium nitrate extractable Cd significantly decreased among all the applied biochar types and application rates. The European Community Bureau of Reference (BCR) technique showed significant decrease in acid-soluble Cd by 24%–32%, 19%–23%, and 22%–27% for RSB, RHB, and MSB, respectively at the 1.5% and 3% rate. However, the concentration of Cd in the residual increased by 38%, 35% and 36% for RSB, RHB and MSB, respectively at a 3% application rate. Soil microbial biomass (C and N) and inorganic nitrogen forms (NH4 and NO3) significantly increased among all biochar applications. Overall, RSB demonstrated positive results as soil amendments for Cd immobilization, increasing soil nutrient availability, and enhancing soil microbial biomass.

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The study was financially supported by National Science and Technology Support Plan of China (2015BAD05B02).

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Bashir, S., Shaaban, M., Mehmood, S. et al. Efficiency of C3 and C4 Plant Derived-Biochar for Cd Mobility, Nutrient Cycling and Microbial Biomass in Contaminated Soil. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 100, 834–838 (2018).

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  • Immobilization
  • Rice straw
  • Maize stover
  • Cadmium fractionation
  • Bioavailability