Mercury Concentration in Technosols and Alder Tissue from a Plantation on a Combustion Waste Disposal Site

Bartłomiej Woś , Katarzyna Sroka , Agnieszka Józefowska , Marcin Pietrzykowski


Combustion of fossil fuels including coal is one of the sources of mercury pollution. Combustion waste from fly ash disposal sites poses a problem for the environment and constitutes a potential source of Hg, thus phytostabilisation is a crucial goal in the mitigation of fossil fuel impact. The paper presents mercury (Hg) concentration in technosols from combustion waste and in individual biomass components (fine roots, bark, stem wood and leaves) of alder species (black, gray and green alder) introduced as part of a long-term experiment to develop a method of phytostabilisation and afforestation of a lignite combustion disposal site. Mercury content in the combustion waste was elevated compared to the data for natural soils from uncontaminated forest areas, however, it did not exceed the amounts considered to be toxic. Hg content in technosols was related to clay and silt fraction content and phosphorus content. Mercury in the alder biomass accumulated mainly in the underground part, especially in the fine roots and displayed a positive correlation with acid and alkaline phosphatase and sulfur content, with no differences in the accumulation of Hg between the alder species. The obtained results indicate that the fine roots are the frontier of Hg biosorption in developed alder systems on combustion waste disposal sites.
Author Bartłomiej Woś (FoF / IoEaS / DoEoFaR)
Bartłomiej Woś,,
, Katarzyna Sroka
Katarzyna Sroka,,
, Agnieszka Józefowska (FoAaE / IoSSaA)
Agnieszka Józefowska,,
- Institute of Soil Science and Agrophysics
, Marcin Pietrzykowski (FoF / IoEaS / DoEoFaR)
Marcin Pietrzykowski,,
Journal seriesWater Air and Soil Pollution, [Water, Air, and Soil Pollution], ISSN 0049-6979, e-ISSN 1573-2932, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.6
Keywords in EnglishTrace elements, Contamination, Mercury, Reclamation, Fly ash
ASJC Classification2302 Ecological Modelling; 2304 Environmental Chemistry; 2305 Environmental Engineering; 2310 Pollution; 2312 Water Science and Technology
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Mercury Concentration in Technosols and Alder Tissue from a Plantation on a Combustion Waste Disposal Site of 13-11-2019
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.728; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.774 (2) - 2018=1.963 (5)
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FinansowanieThe study was financed by The National Science Centre, Poland, grant No. 2015/17/B/ST10/02712 and co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in a frame of DS 3420 ZEkLiR 2019, Department of Forest Ecology and Reclamation, University of Agriculture in Krakow. We would like to express our gratitude to Iwona Skowrońska MSc. from Laboratory of Geochemistry and Reclamation, Dept. of Forest Ecology and Reclamation AUC for laboratory tests and her kind collaboration. Special thanks to PGE GiEK SA Elektrownia Bełchatów power plant for fieldwork support and access to experimental area of Lubień combustion waste disposal site.
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