Capability of the Invasive Tree Prosopis glandulosa Torr. to Remediate Soil Treated with Sewage Sludge
AbstractSewage sludge improves agricultural soil and plant growth, but there are hazards associated with its use, including high metal(loid) contents. An experimental study was conducted under greenhouse conditions to examine the effects of sewage sludge on growth of the invasive tree Prosopis glandulosa, as well as to determine its phytoremediation capacity. Plants were established and grown for seven months along a gradient of sewage sludge content. Plant traits, soil properties, and plant and soil concentrations of N, P, K, Cd, Pb, Cu, Ni, Zn, Cr, Co, As, and Fe were recorded. The addition of sewage sludge led to a significant decrease in soil pH, and Ni, Co, and As concentrations, as well as an increase in soil organic matter and the concentrations of N, P, Cu, Zn, and Cr. Increasing sewage sludge content in the growth medium raised the total uptake of most metals by P. glandulosa plants due to higher biomass accumulation (taller plants with more leaves) and higher metal concentrations in the plant tissues. P. glandulosa concentrated more Cd, Pb, Cu, Zn, and Fe in its below-ground biomass (BGB) than in its above-ground biomass (AGB). P. glandulosa concentrated Ni, Co, and As in both BGB and AGB. P. glandulosa has potential as a biotool for the phytoremediation of sewage sludges and sewage-amended soils in arid and semi-arid environments, with a potential accumulation capability for As in plant leaves. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Abbas, A.M.; Abd-Elmabod, S.K.; El-Ashry, S.M.; Soliman, W.S.; El-Tayeh, N.; Castillo, J.M. Capability of the Invasive Tree Prosopis glandulosa Torr. to Remediate Soil Treated with Sewage Sludge. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2711.
Abbas AM, Abd-Elmabod SK, El-Ashry SM, Soliman WS, El-Tayeh N, Castillo JM. Capability of the Invasive Tree Prosopis glandulosa Torr. to Remediate Soil Treated with Sewage Sludge. Sustainability. 2019; 11(9):2711.Chicago/Turabian Style
Abbas, Ahmed M.; Abd-Elmabod, Sameh K.; El-Ashry, Soad M.; Soliman, Wagdi S.; El-Tayeh, Noha; Castillo, Jesus M. 2019. "Capability of the Invasive Tree Prosopis glandulosa Torr. to Remediate Soil Treated with Sewage Sludge." Sustainability 11, no. 9: 2711.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.