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Effect of compost in phytoremediation of diesel-contaminated soils.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11380193     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of compost on phytoremediation of diesel-contaminated soils was investigated using 130 small (200 g) containers in two screening tests. The experiments were conducted in a controlled environment using ryegrass from seed. Containers were destructively sampled at various times and analyzed for plant mass and total petroleum hydrocarbons. The results indicate that the presence of diesel reduces grass growth, and that compost helps reduced the impact of diesel on grass growth. The addition of compost helps increase diesel loss from the soils both with and without grass, though the addition of grass leads to lower diesel levels compared with controls. A second set of experiments indicates that the compost helps in phytoremediation of diesel-contaminated soil independent of the dilution effect that compost addition has. The results indicate that the compost addition allowed diesel loss down to 200 mg TPH/kg even though the compost would be expected to hold the diesel more tightly in the soil/compost mixture. The simplicity of the screening tests led to difficulties in controlling moisture content and germination rates. The conclusion of the research is that the tilling of compost into soils combined with grass seeding appears to be a valuable option for treating petroleum-contaminated soils.
J Vouillamoz; M W Milke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0273-1223     ISO Abbreviation:  Water Sci. Technol.     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-29     Completed Date:  2001-06-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9879497     Medline TA:  Water Sci Technol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departement de Genie Rural, Environment et Mensuration, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, CH-1015, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Biodegradation, Environmental
Carcinogens, Environmental / metabolism*
Lolium / physiology*
Soil Microbiology*
Soil Pollutants / metabolism*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carcinogens, Environmental; 0/Gasoline; 0/Soil Pollutants

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