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Novel combined amendments for sustainable remediation of the Pb-contaminated soil

1 Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
2 Faculty of Environmental Management and Agriculture, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Pl. Łódzki 4, 10-727 Olsztyn, Poland
3 Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Słoneczna St. 45G, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
4 Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1/1665, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
5 Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 656/123, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Special Issues: Waste Management and Sustainable Remediation

Pressures exerted on the soil ecosystem due to its exposure to lead have a significant and aggravating effect on the quality of life. This study was conducted to investigate the aided phytostabilization of Pb-contaminated soils by novel combined amendments. The pot experiment was run under greenhouse conditions, using the following mixtures of immobilizing amendments: halloysite and limestone as well as halloysite and compost. The Pb contents in plants, both total and CaCl2-extractable Pb concentration in soil, were determined using the spectrophotometric method. The use of halloysite and compost was shown to be the most effective and decreased the average Pb content in the above-ground parts of F. rubra and in the soil and was found to significantly increase soil pH and Pb content in roots of the test plant. New methods should be developed to minimize the environmental risk posed by the presence of heavy metal pollutants. The results show significant effects of immobilizing amendments on the chemical characteristics of soil contaminated with Pb and the uptake of Pb by plants.
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