Effects of Sludge-amendment on Mineralization of Pyrene and Microorganisms in Sludge and Soil

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Hydrophobic contaminants sorb to sludge in wastewater treatment plants and enter the soil environment when the sludge is applied to agricultural fields. The mineralization of pyrene was examined in soil, in sludge mixed homogeneously into soil, and in sludge-soil systems containing a lump of sludge. Sludge-amendment enhanced the mineralization of pyrene in the soil compared to soil without sludge, and the most extensive mineralization was observed when the sludge was kept in a lump. The number of protozoa, heterotrophic bacteria and pyrene-mineralizing bacteria was much higher in the sludge compared to the soil. The amendment of sludge did not affect the number of protozoa and bacteria in the surrounding soil, which indicated that organic contaminants in the sludge had a little effect on the number of protozoa and bacteria in the surrounding soil
Original languageEnglish
Issue number4-5
Pages (from-to)625-634
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Author Keywords: Biodegradation; Sludge-amended soil; Bacteria; Protozoa; Pyrene

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