The effect of progressive acidification of lessive soil on zinc content and its translocation in soil profile
Kiepul J., Gediga K.
In Poland 11% of soils feature elevated zinc content or slight zinc contamination. This investigation aimed at estimation of the effect of progressive acidification of slightly zinccontaminated soils on zinc content in plants and translocation of this metal downwards the soil profile. The study involved a two-year lysimetric experiment on lessive soil. The amount of zinc indicating slight soil contamination was introduced into 0.2 m of topsoil, which was subjected to progressive acidification with sulfuric acid solution in the course of the experiment. Zinc content proved to considerably increase in plants (barley straw and maize) only under strong acidification. Soil reaction did not significantly influence the zinc content in soil, both total and assayed in HCl zinc forms, while a considerable increase in easily soluble zinc forms (in CaCl2 solution) occurred on strongly acidified soils. Considering the whole research period, increasing soil acidification did not result in any alterations involving zinc content in Bbr and C horizons of soil profiles (below 30 cm).
Kiepul J., Gediga K. 2009. The effect of progressive acidification of lessive soil on zinc content and its translocation in soil profile. J. Elem. 14(2): 265 - 270.
Zn, soil reaction, plants, lysimeters