Moscow University Soil Science Bulletin

, Volume 73, Issue 4, pp 164–174 | Cite as

Application of Biotesting Methods at Assessment of Ecological State of Soils

  • I. O. PlekhanovaEmail author
  • O. A. Zolotareva
  • I. D. Tarasenko
Ecological Safety


Concentrations of heavy metals (HM) that may have a significant negative impact on plants and soil microbiota have been identified at different pollution levels for sod-podzolic, gray forest, leached chernozem and chestnut soils. The investigated soils can be arranged in descending resistance to HM in the following order: leached chernozem, gray forest soil, chestnut, sod-podzolic soil. A comparison of the results of phytotoxicity determination in growing plants on soils and on soil extracts showed that phytotoxicity on soils polluted with HM appears at lower concentrations than on soil extracts. This is a consequence of low solubility of heavy metal compounds that are strongly sorbed by the mineral and organic components of soils, and also remain in the form of poorly soluble compounds.


heavy metal compounds phytotoxicity soil respiration assessment of the ecological state of soils 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. O. Plekhanova
    • 1
    Email author
  • O. A. Zolotareva
    • 1
  • I. D. Tarasenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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