Applied and Environmental Soil Science

Biosolids Soil Application: Agronomic and Environmental Implications


Publishing date
15 May 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Nov 2010

1University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2Department of Ecology, University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil

3Department of Agriculture Engineering and Land Use, School of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Biosolids Soil Application: Agronomic and Environmental Implications

Description

Increasing urbanization and industrialization have resulted in a dramatic increase in the volume of wastewater generated worldwide. Consequently, sludge production is steadily increasing and its transformation into biosolids can create alternative sources of nutrients and alleviate environmental problems. Biosolids are defined as an organic product, derived from a wastewater treatment process, which can be beneficially used as a soil fertilizer or conditioner. Biosolids are valuable sources of organic matter, N, P, and some micronutrients that improve soil characteristics and have beneficial effects on plant growth and biomass production. Feeding organic matter, primarily containing N and P, back into the natural cycle forms the basis of using sewage sludge and other organic wastes on soils. However, the benefits from biosolids application have to be weighed against potential deleterious effects such as an increased rate of nitrate leaching, contamination of soils and crops with human pathogens and metals, causing nutritional disorders in crops, an increase in soil salinity, contamination of groundwater with pesticides, hormones, and pharmaceuticals, and decreased stability of native soil organic matter.

This special issue intends to gather the most recent scientific information on the subject around the world. The special issue must provide a reasonable assessment of what is new, what is current, what needs to be known, or what should be done on the interdisciplinary topic of soil application of biosolids. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration to be published in this special issue, covering the following topics (but the editors also welcome papers on other related topics):

  • Agronomic application: rates, methods, and economics
  • Mineralization of organically bound elements
  • Soil availability of nutrients
  • Plant nutrient uptake and nutrition
  • Biosolids N and P management
  • Fate of pollutants and interactions with native soil components
  • Heavy metals, including robustness of current application guidelines
  • Changes in soil organic matter fractions
  • Hazardous organic components, including human pathogenicity
  • Effect on soil organisms
  • Effect on soil physical conditions
  • Potential for carbon sequestration

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 928973
  • - Editorial

Biosolids Soil Application: Agronomic and Environmental Implications

Robert Edwin White | Silvana I. Torri | Rodrigo Studart Corrêa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 283061
  • - Research Article

Phosphorus Sorption and Redistribution on Soil Solid Phase in a Brazilian Haplorthox Amended with Biosolids

Ricardo de Oliveira Munhoz | Ronaldo Severiano Berton | Otávio Antonio de Camargo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 957181
  • - Research Article

An Initial Investigation into the Use of a Flux Chamber Technique to Measure Soil-Atmosphere Gas Exchanges from Application of Biosolids to UK Soils

S. M. Donovan | A. M. Skartsila | ... | N. Voulvoulis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 717863
  • - Review Article

Biosolids Effects in Chihuahuan Desert Rangelands: A Ten-Year Study

David B. Wester | Ronald E. Sosebee | ... | Corey A. Moffet
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 238185
  • - Research Article

Biosolids Application on Banana Production: Soil Chemical Properties and Plant Nutrition

Luiz Antonio Junqueira Teixeira | Ronaldo Severiano Berton | ... | Luis Alberto Saes
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 528712
  • - Research Article

Effects of Anaerobically Digested Slurry on Meloidogyne incognita and Pratylenchus penetrans in Tomato and Radish Production

Yu Yu Min | Koki Toyota | ... | Atsushi Takada
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 710614
  • - Research Article

Applying Sewage Sludge to Eucalyptus grandis Plantations: Effects on Biomass Production and Nutrient Cycling through Litterfall

Paulo Henrique Müller da Silva | Fabio Poggiani | Jean Paul Laclau
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 489182
  • - Research Article

Geochemical and Geophysical Study in a Degraded Area Used for Disposal of Sludge from a Water Treatment Plant

Ricardo Cosme Arraes Moreira | Geraldo Resende Boaventura | ... | Christiane de Pinna Lira
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 190731
  • - Research Article

Estimating Nitrogen Availability of Heat-Dried Biosolids

Craig G. Cogger | Andy I. Bary | Elizabeth A. Myhre
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 537814
  • - Research Article

Intergraded Applied Methodology for the Treatment of Heavy Polluted Waste Waters from Olive Oil Industries

Antonis A. Zorpas | Vassilis J. Inglezakis
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