An integrated assessment of the long-term impact of municipal sewage sludge on the chemical and biological properties of soil

Monika Skowrońska , Elżbieta J. Bielińska , Kazimierz Szymański , Barbara Futa , Jacek Antonkiewicz , Barbara Kołodziej


The aim of the study was to assess the long-term changes of chemical and biological properties of soil treated with various application rates of municipal sewage sludge (SS) under the condition of field and laboratory experiments. The experiment scheme included five treatments: 1 – the control; 2 – 10 t of SS dry matter per hectare; 3 – 20 t of SS dry matter per hectare; 4 – 40 t of SS dry matter per hectare and 5 – 60 t of SS dry matter per hectare. Considerable dose-dependent enhancement of carbon and nitrogen contents as well as enzyme activities were observed, particularly when high rates of sewage sludge were applied. It was proven that such rates allowing for longer durability of favorable changes in the soil and did not pose risks for its quality in the context of heavy metal and PAH concentrations as well as enzymatic activity. The presence of Phalaris arundinacea plants had a positive impact on the chemical properties and biological condition of soil, expressed in the lower content of heavy metals and PAHs and higher activity of soil enzymes. Significant correlations between all analyzed parameters in the field and laboratory experiment indicates that such studies allow a reliable assessment of the impact of SS application on the chemical and biological condition of soils within a given ecosystem.
Author Monika Skowrońska - University of Life Sciences in Lublin
Monika Skowrońska,,
, Elżbieta J. Bielińska - University of Life Sciences in Lublin
Elżbieta J. Bielińska,,
, Kazimierz Szymański - Politechnika Koszalińska
Kazimierz Szymański,,
, Barbara Futa - University of Life Sciences in Lublin
Barbara Futa,,
, Jacek Antonkiewicz (FoAaE / DoAaECh)
Jacek Antonkiewicz,,
- Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry
, Barbara Kołodziej - University of Life Sciences in Lublin
Barbara Kołodziej,,
Journal seriesCatena, ISSN 0341-8162, e-ISSN 1872-6887, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.5
Article number104484
Keywords in EnglishSewage sludge rate, Fertility, Enzymatic activity, PAHs, Heavy metals
ASJC Classification1904 Earth-Surface Processes
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.694; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 3.851 (2) - 2018=4.149 (5)
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