Comparative effect of Organic Amendments on Heavy Metals Adsorption in Soils and their Chemical properties


  • O. I. Nwachukwu 1Department of Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
  • D. M. Olim Department of Soil Science University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
  • S. M. Afu Department of Soil Science University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
  • E. A. Akpa Department of Soil Science University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
  • P. I. Adie Department of Soil Science University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria



Adsorption, amendments, chemical properties, heavy metals, incubation


Incubation experiment was carried out to evaluate and compare effects of some selected amendments on adsorption of heavy metals in soils and their chemical properties. The experiment was CRD consisting of twelve treatment combinations with three replications. Soil samples were collected from the vicinity of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture and amended with organic amendments at the rate 20 ton/ha and heavy metals at the rate of 60 mg/kg, thoroughly mixed and wetted daily throughout the incubation period of 30 days. 0.05M EDTA solution was used to extract heavy metals. EDTA solution was filtered from soil with Whatman No1 filter paper. The soil was analyzed for chemical properties before and after experiment using standard procedures. Higher amount of heavy metals was extracted from the control soils than the amended soils indicating retention of heavy metals by the amendments. All the amendments were significantly (P<0.05) different in adsorption of copper with poultry manure having significantly (P<0.05) the highest adsorption capacity while the control had the least. Cocoa pod was significantly (P<0.05) higher on adsorption of lead with cow dung and poultry manure not being significantly (P>0.05) different from each other. Cow dung had the highest (P<0.05) on adsorption of zinc. Heavy metals combined with amendments had significant (P<0.05) effect on soil chemical properties. Most chemical properties were significantly (P<0.05) higher in soils treated with both amendments and heavy metals than soils treated with only heavy metals. Poultry manure, cocoa pod and cow dung appeared to have greater potential in removing heavy metals from soils.



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Nwachukwu, O. I., Olim, D. M., Afu, S. M., Akpa, E. A., & Adie, P. I. (2021). Comparative effect of Organic Amendments on Heavy Metals Adsorption in Soils and their Chemical properties. Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 9(1).