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The effect of humic substances on Cu migration in the soil profile

Barsova, Natalia et al.

Chemistry and ecology. Volume 35:Issue 1 (2019); pp 86-101 -- Taylor and Francis

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  • Title:
    The effect of humic substances on Cu migration in the soil profile
  • Author: Barsova, Natalia;
    Motuzova, Galina;
    Kolchanova, Ksenia;
    Stepanov, Andrei;
    Karpukhin, Mikhail;
    Minkina, Tatiana;
    Mandzhieva, Saglara
  • Found In: Chemistry and ecology. Volume 35:Issue 1 (2019); pp 86-101
  • Journal Title: Chemistry and ecology
  • Subjects: Ecology--Periodicals; Pollution--Environmental aspects--Periodicals; Soil--organic matter--sorption--migration--trace elements--lysimeters; Dewey: 577.2
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Taylor and Francis
  • Abstract: ABSTRACT:

    Humic substances (HS) are widely used for diverse purposes. The effect of HS on the metal's status in contaminated soils is contradictory. The aim of this work was to investigate the Cu migration in soils treated with HS. A model field experiment with the addition of Cu (1.243 mg Cu/kg) and HS Extra® (potassium humate) was performed. The Cu addition resulted in acidification (by 0.7 pH) after 3 months. The major part of the added Cu remained in the upper 7-cm-thick soil layer; 4% reached the lower soil layer, while only 0.1% were removed beyond the profile. The addition of HS mitigated soil acidification increased the content of Cu bound to solid-phase organic substances and abruptly reduced the Cu activity in the soil liquid phase. Simultaneously, the HS addition increased the water-soluble organic substances (WSOS) by four times, including those in the hydrophilic and hydrophobic fractions, resulting in a twofold increase in the content of soluble Cu. Copper complexes with hydrophilic WSOS mainly reached lysimeters, and hydrophobic organic substances were absorbed by the soil. The HS addition to a slightly acidic soil can accelerate the migration of Cu to adjacent environments.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100073693332.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0275-7540; 10.1080/02757540.2018.1540613
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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