Journal of Soils and Sediments (J SOIL SEDIMENT)

Publisher: Ecomed, Springer Verlag

Journal description

JSSS is the first journal entirely devoted to soils and sediments, hereby dealing not only with contaminated, but also with intact and disturbed soils and sediments. JSSS elucidates the common aspects as well as the differences between these two environmental compartments. JSSS is an interdisciplinary journal intended to be of benefit to the scientist as well as to the practitioner. Topics: Research on effects caused by disturbances and contamination; Research, strategies and technologies for prediction, prevention, and protection; Research, strategies and technologies for identification and characterisation; Research, strategies and technologies for treatment, remediation and reuse; Strategies for risk assessment and management; Research on and the implementation of quality standards; International regulation and legislation.

Current impact factor: 2.11

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.107
2012 Impact Factor 1.965
2011 Impact Factor 1.863
2010 Impact Factor 2.574
2009 Impact Factor 2.613
2008 Impact Factor 2.797
2007 Impact Factor 4.373

Impact factor over time

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5-year impact 2.15
Cited half-life 3.10
Immediacy index 0.37
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.57
Website Journal of Soils and Sediments website
Other titles Journal of soils and sediments (Online), JSS
ISSN 1439-0108
OCLC 58997092
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • Fanbo Meng, Jie Chi
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Information on the interaction between submerged macrophytes and organic contaminants in sediments is important for successful phytoremediation. In this study, the growth response and remedial function of Potamogeton crispus L. (P. crispus) to phenanthrene and pyrene in sediments were investigated. Materials and methods P. crispus was obtained by a tissue culture technique. Surface sediments (top 0–15 cm) were collected from the Haihe River, Tianjin, China. Six different concentrations of phenanthrene and pyrene (8–180 mg kg−1 dry sediment) were spiked in the sediments. At the end of the 54-day experiment, chlorophyll content, plant length and fresh weight, and root morphology were measured. Concentrations of phenanthrene and pyrene in P. crispus and sediments, as well as the activities of polyphenol oxidase in sediments, were analyzed. Results and discussion P. crispus growth was promoted by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments (range of 8–80 mg kg−1) and was not inhibited until the PAH concentration was increased to 180 mg kg−1. Root tip number was the most sensitive parameter. The presence of P. crispus evidently enhanced the removal of phenanthrene and pyrene from sediments by 18.3 − 34.1 and 14.1 − 27.8 %, respectively. The dissipation increments increased with increasing PAH concentration and showed similar values when PAH concentration was >48 mg kg−1. Plant accumulation of phenanthrene and pyrene counted for less than 1.05 and 2.46 % of the total increments, respectively. Moreover, the presence of P. crispus could improve the activities of polyphenol oxidase. A positive correlation between the dissipation increments of PAHs and the differences of polyphenol oxidase activities between planted and unplanted sediments was obtained. Conclusions P. crispus could tolerate high doses of PAHs. The growth of P. crispus was stimulated by phenanthrene and pyrene in sediments over a large concentration range. Moreover, the presence of P. crispus enhanced the removal of PAHs, which was closely related to polyphenol oxidase activities as a result of plant growth stimulation. Therefore, P. crispus should be a suitable choice for phytoremediation of PAH-contaminated sediments.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 05/2015; 15(5). DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1080-z
  • Hui Wang, Shirong Liu, Scott X. Chang, Jingxin Wang, Zuomin Shi, Xueman Huang, Yuan Wen, Lihua Lu, Daoxiong Cai
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Native broadleaf plantations are increasingly being developed as an alternative to coniferous plantations. This study examined the relationships among litter carbon (C) quality, soil microbial community composition, and soil organic C (SOC) chemical properties in plantations and how they were affected by tree species. Materials and methods The solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) technique was used to examine SOC chemical composition, and litter and fine root C quality in four plantations of native tree species (Pinus massoniana, Castanopsis hystrix, Michelia macclurei, and Mytilaria laosensis) in Pingxiang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in subtropical China. Soil microbial biomass C and nitrogen (N) were determined by the chloroform fumigation-extraction method and soil bacterial and fungal biomass were measured with the phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) technique. Results and discussion The proportions of O-alkyl C, alkyl C, aromatic C, and carbonyl C in SOC and the alkyl/O-alkyl C ratio (A/O-A) in litter and fine root samples, soil microbial C and N, microbial C/N ratios, and the amount of PLFAs were significantly different among the four plantations of different species. SOC in the 0–10-cm layer had 43–49 % O-alkyl C, 24–34 % alkyl C, 14–17 % aromatic C, and 9–11 % carbonyl C in SOC. The microbial C/N ratio, the amount of total PLFAs, and bacterial and Gram-positive bacterial population sizes were linked to the proportion of alkyl C in SOC and the A/O-A ratio in soil. The proportion of alkyl C in SOC was not related to the proportion of alkyl C in litter or fine root samples. Conclusions The microbial community composition rather than plant litter or fine root quality was linked to chemical composition of SOC in the studied subtropical plantations. Future research should place more emphasis on the processes involved in the formation of SOC and their association with the microbial community.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 05/2015; 15(5). DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1118-2
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose In recent years, many previous studies have well documented that wild and cultivated edible mushrooms have the ability to bioaccumulate metal ions, but the process of mycoremediation and the detoxification strategy of mushrooms in co-contaminants (heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)) are rarely reported. The study was to investigate the mycoremediation potential and tolerance responses of Oudemansiella radicata in cadmium and pyrene co-contaminated soil. Materials and methods Soil samples collected and sieved from Sichuan province, China, which was spiked with cadmium (0, 5, 15, and 30 mg/kg) and pyrene (0, 200, and 400 mg/kg). After harvest, biomass, bioaccumulation of cadmium, residual pyrene, and antioxidant enzymes activities were measured. Results and discussion Results showed that dry biomass was not apparently influenced by the co-contamination, even in highly polluted soils. In cadmium of 5 and 15 mg/kg, the bioaccumulation of cadmium enhanced when pyrene was added, the bioconcentration factor value even reached 1.09. The removal of pyrene (added at concentrations of 200 and 400 mg/kg) was significantly higher in O. radicata-planted soils than those in the unplanted soils and was inhibited in lower level of cadmium whereas promoted in higher level of cadmium, indicating that the highly adapted cadmium-resistant microbes could promote the dissipation of pyrene. Besides, antioxidant enzyme activities including superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD), and catalase (CAT) represented significantly changes in co-contamination as compared with control. Conclusions Using O. radicata for remediation of cadmium-pyrene-contaminated soils could be an interesting alternative, considering its short life time, metal tolerance, and bioaccumulation capacity.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 05/2015; 15(5). DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1093-7
  • Mirco Bundschuh, Jochen P. Zubrod, Frank Seitz, Michael C. Newman
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Mercury (Hg) released into the environment often accumulates to high concentrations in sediments, creating a potential risk to aquatic wildlife. The in situ application of sorbents such as activated carbon is one promising option for reducing the bioavailability of sediment-bound Hg. Materials and methods The present study evaluates the influence of contact time of two sorbents (Sedimite® and Cowboy® biochar) applied to sediment taken downstream and upstream of a historic Hg discharge into the South River (Virginia, USA) on bioaccumulation in and detrital processing by Hyalella azteca. Results and discussion Hg bioaccumulation decreased when sediments were mixed with both sorbents, but their respective efficiency depended on their initial particle size and contact time. Hyalella showed a slight increase in detrital processing and substantial increase in Hg bioaccumulation when exposed to contaminated relative to uncontaminated sediment. Sedimite® adversely affected detrital processing but reduced Hg bioaccumulation. In contrast, Cowboy® biochar did not impact detrital processing but appeared to decrease bioaccumulation less effectively than Sedimite®. This difference in sorbent efficacy lessened with duration. It remains unclear whether the Sedimite®-induced reduction in detrital processing is substantially worse than that associated with natural fines settling on detritus in depositional reaches of rivers. Conclusions The differences in efficacy of the two materials in reducing bioavailability suggest the need for further studies addressing both the mechanisms causing the reduction in Hg bioavailability as well as associated ecological risks prior to field application of these materials at the larger scale.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 05/2015; 15(5). DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1100-z
  • Ling Ma, Xingquan Rao, Ping Lu, Shaowei Huang, Xiaoyang Chen, Zhihong Xu, Jun Xie
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Large areas of land have been impacted by acidic mine drainage. These sites could potentially be re-vegetated for growing energy plants. Conventional phytoremediation method may fail because the pH of some mine drainage and contaminated soils can reach 2.0. Thus, it is necessary to screen acid-tolerant plants as pioneers to rehabilitate those severely acidified areas. Materials and methods In the first phase of this study, seven levels of low pH media were used to estimate the acid-tolerant ranges of three plant species for 1 month. In the second phase, 50 commonly cultured plant species from 17 families, native in Guangdong Province of China or introduced from Australia, were evaluated for acid tolerance at three pH levels which were chosen based on results in the first phase. Results and discussion We found that Acacia auriculiformis could survive and nodulate at pH ≥2.0, Acacia confusa and Melaleuca armillaris could survive at pH ≥2.5 but A. confusa nodulate at pH >3.5. In the second phase, 12 plant species, in addition to A. auriculiformis, can survive in pH 2.0 media. Conclusions No family or genus commonality in acid tolerance was found. Two of these tolerant species, i.e., A. auriculiformis and Jatropha carcas, could potentially be planted as an economically and ecologically viable option for acid mine remediation due to their potential function as biofuel feedstock.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 05/2015; 15(5). DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1128-0
  • Wuxing Liu, Qingling Wang, Beibei Wang, Jinyu Hou, Yongming Luo, Caixian Tang, Ashley E. Franks
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose This study aimed to isolate plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) that exhibit heavy metal resistance to examine their influence on Cd uptake and soil microbial community structure during phytoremediation. Materials and methods Heavy metal-tolerant PGPR were isolated from the roots of possible hyperaccumulators using plates with 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) as sole nitrogen source. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of each isolate were determined by the plate dilution method. The impacts of isolated PGPR on the growth and Cd accumulation of Sedium plumbizincicola were conducted in a pot experiment. In addition, the effect of PGPR inoculation on the microbial community during phytoextraction by S. plumbizincicola was studied by 454 pyrosequencing. Results and discussion A total of nine Cd-resistant strains were isolated from the roots of Cd accumulators, and their plant growth-promoting activities were characterized. Isolates were able to produce indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) (28–133 mg L−1) and solubilize phosphate (65–148 mg L−1). In a pot experiment, the inoculation of isolates NSX2 and LCR1 significantly enhanced the growth of and uptake of Cd by the Cd hyperaccumulator S. plumbizincicola. 454 pyrosequencing revealed that the inoculation of the PGPR lead to a decrease in microbial community diversity in the rhizopshere during phytoextraction. Specifically, indigenous heavy metal-tolerant PGPR such as Actinospica, Bradyrhizobium, Rhizobium, Mesorhizobium, and Mycobacterium were selectively enriched in the treatments in which PGPR were added. It is suggested that a unique constitution of microbial communities in inoculated treatments plays a key role in enhancing Cd phytoremediation. Conclusion Inoculation of strains Rhodococcus erythropolis NSX2 and Cedecea davisae LCR1 could promote S. plumbizincicola growth and enhance the remediation efficiency. The introduced PGPR could also affect the indigenous microbial community structure and the diversity in Cd-contaminated soil during phytoremediation.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 05/2015; 15(5). DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1067-9
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: Quantitative analysis of fungicides metalaxyl–M, rac-metalaxyl (1), captafol (2), captan (3), folpet (4), metalaxyl acid (5), cis-1,2,3,6-tetrahydrophthalimide (6), cis-1,2,3,6-tetrahydrophthalamid acid (7), o-phthalic acid (8) and, phthalamide (9), in sterilized and non-sterilized soil fractions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The concept of the experimental design has involved direct UV–MALDI–Orbitrap–MS assay and off–line hyphenated DLLME MS approach. The chemometrics has involved “simple cluster statistical approach”, including: (i) Analysis of non– and sterilized non–polluted soils (0–10 cm depth) (Xi, i = I or II); (ii) Between–days–analyses of soil fractions I and II Xij, (j = 1–5 or 0–30 days), measured in triplicate Xij,k (k = 1–3); (iii) Xij,k,l (l = 1–3). Soil characteristics are: particle size  2.0–2.103 m, clay  5.0–12.0 %, silt  23.0–51.1 %, sand  7.2–72.0 %, and pH  4.0–8.1; RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Method performance has shown accuracy and precision SD(yEr)  0–1.527.10-4; reproducibility and repeatability (SD(yEr) 0–5.7601.10-5), concentration limit of detection 0.02 ng.(mL)-1 (resp. LOQs, 0.0667 ng.(mL)-1) in the frame of the concentration range 0.02–50.00 ng.(mL)-1. The results have overcome those analytical quantities obtained, using GC–MS/MS or UFLC–ESI–MS/MS methods. CONCLUSION: In this paper we have reported firstly in the literature a soil analysis involving DLLME/UV–MALDI–MS. The high–quality applied research approach that is taken here, addresses two problems. They have noticed on the one hand lack of comprehensive understanding of the enantio/stereo selective degradation processes of chiral fungicides in soils and on the other hand lack of reliable references to a large scale of specific problems of the analysis of organic pollutants in soils. The analytical information reflects the instrumental benefits and advantages of MALDI method for the field of environmental chemistry, in particular, assesment of the risk to the human health from agricultural organic contamination in soils.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 04/2015; 15(4):917-925. DOI:10.1007/s11368-014-1052-8
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Particle size distribution (PSD) is one of the most commonly measured physical properties of soil. The fine fractal dimension, D f, and the coarse fractal dimension, D c, are, respectively, based on the fine and coarse size fractions of soil particles. Laser diffraction effectively determines the volume PSD of soil. Original and modified methods for determining the D f and D c of the volume PSD of soil are derived and presented in this work. Materials and methods The modified method is based on the assumption that the relationship between the number of particles and particle size is not linear. D f and D c are determined using the original and modified methods to analyze volume PSD of 11 soil samples through laser diffraction based on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Soil Science Society (ISSS) systems. Some soils have coarse fragments ranging from 2 to 1 mm (USDA system) or from 2 to 0.2 mm (ISSS system) in size, comprising 0 % of the total volume. As log 0 does not exist, the original and modified methods based on USDA or ISSS systems are unsuitable for estimating D c. The arithmetic mean of the R 2 values of the relevant log–log plots of all soil samples determined using the modified method to estimate D f is larger than that of the original method based on the USDA and ISSS systems. Using the modified method to estimate D f is therefore recommended. Results and discussion The overall trend of the values obtained indicates that the D f of coarse-textured soil approaches 2. If at least four decimal places are retained in estimations of D f, the probability of achieving identical D f values for any two soil samples with different size fractions is low. In this case, D f helps characterize soil texture. The arithmetic mean of the D f of all soil samples based on the USDA system is greater than that based on the ISSS system. D f is evidently dependent on selected fractions of separates present in a soil related to texture. The performance of the original and modified methods to estimate D f values based on the ISSS system is not good as indicated by F test at the significance level of 0.05. Conclusions The results of this study indicate that the original and modified methods based on the ISSS system are both not useful in estimating D f. We recommend that future studies of fine fractal dimensions be made with USDA particle size fractions.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 04/2015; 15(4). DOI:10.1007/s11368-014-1044-8
  • Journal of Soils and Sediments 03/2015; online. DOI:10.1007/s11368-015-1109-3
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Bioaccessibility is always a factor in human health risk assessment; the accurate determination of arsenic (As) dynamic dissolution in the gastric and small intestinal phases can provide a better understanding of its potential impact on human health. Materials and methods Eighteen soil samples were collected from different sites in Hunan, China, and the factors controlling the bioaccessibility and dynamic dissolution of soil As were investigated. The bioaccessibility of soil As was determined by the physiologically based extraction test (PBET). Results and discussion The results indicated that the bioaccessibility ranged from 6.9 to 59.5 % and 5.9 to 83.2 % in the gastric and small intestinal phases. Among all the soil properties, the concentrations of oxalate-extractable Fe, Mn, and total As were important for controlling bioaccessible As. In the gastric phase, the bioaccessible As concentrations increased rapidly in the first 20 min and kept steady state after 1 h. In the small intestinal phase, the bioaccessible As concentrations kept steady state rapidly after 2 h. Moreover, the more soluble fraction of As-bearing metal minerals had enhanced solubility in the gastric phase under acidic conditions, and most of the metal oxyhydroxides formed were usually unstable in the small intestinal phase under neutral conditions. By the interaction between kinetic laws and simple linear correlation, the dissolution rate of As for soils with lower pH was faster in the gastric phase; thus, the soil pH and dissolution of Fe, Mn, and Al minerals may be the main factors controlling the As dissolution rate. Conclusions The As bioaccessibility in the small intestinal phase was higher, and the prescribed 4 h duration of the PBET method can meet As complete dissolution. The dynamic dissolution of As from soil in the gastric and small intestinal phases was strongly controlled by the concentrations of dissolved Fe, Mn, and Al.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 03/2015; 15(3). DOI:10.1007/s11368-014-1022-1
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Conventional pedological survey generally assesses soil metal pollution by comparing total metal concentrations in soil to geochemical baselines in parent rock. This global approach overlooks the sorption capacities of the clay minerals which form at micrometric scale in weathering microsystems and are essential for the behaviour of metals in soil. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the impact of these weathering microsystems and their clay mineralogy upon Zn sorption and distribution throughout a sludge-contaminated soil. Materials and methods Two soil profiles with the same diorite parent rock were sampled: (i) an amended soil profile (AS) that received for 10 years wet sewage sludges heavily loaded with Zn and (ii) a control soil profile (CS) free of sludge spreading. Soil samples were carefully collected as undisturbed blocks using plastic core samplers to prevent sample metal contamination. Each sample was further divided into two subsamples: the first was devoted to bulk chemical analyses, mineral grains separation and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses, whereas the second part was used for thin-section preparation and electron probe microanalyses (EPMA). Results and discussion Zn in the control soil is inherited from the weathering parent rock, whereas it is supplied at the surface of the amended soil by sludges spreading. Each rock-forming mineral weathers into specific clay minerals: amphibole into saponite and montmorillonite and plagioclase into montmorillonite and kaolinite. Each clay mineral, with its specific sorption capacity, controls the Zn distribution within the soil: the smectites produced by the amphiboles have high sorption capacity and favour Zn retention in the upper horizons of the soil; the kaolinites produced by the plagioclases have lower sorption capacity, do not retain Zn in the surface horizons and allow it to migrate to deeper horizons where it is sorbed onto the montmorillonites. Conclusions The clay minerals appear to be important soil components controlling the mobility of Zn in the contaminated soils. The micrometric mineralogical approach proves to be relevant to describe the importance of the clay mineral species in the Zn fixation at the solid/solution interface. When applied to a wider range of heavy metals and clay minerals, it could be a useful improvement in the surface complexation modelling used to explain metal cation sorption in soils.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 03/2015; 15(3). DOI:10.1007/s11368-014-1024-z
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Temperature is a key determinant of soil microbial processes, including the decomposition of soil organic matter and nutrient cycling. There is an interest in obtaining information on how microbial processes will respond to global change and, in particular, warming. Biochar can modify soil biological properties, but there is a dearth of information about its influence on the temperature sensitivity of soil biological processes. This research question has important implications in relation to modeling land-atmosphere interactions in soils amended with biochar. Materials and methods Enzyme activity was determined at 4, 18, 27, 37, 54, and 70 °C in a control soil and in a soil amended with biochar, in order to determine how biochar affects the temperature sensitivity of soil enzymes (CM-cellulase, β-glucosidase, β-glucosaminidase, phosphomonoesterase, and arylsulfatase). The activation energy (E a) and the temperature coefficient (Q 10) were calculated. Results and discussion In general, the values of E a and Q 10 were slightly but significantly lower for the soil with biochar. The results obtained are significant for modeling the carbon cycle and nutrient cycles in biochar-amended soils. Conclusions The lower values for Q 10 obtained for biochar-amended soil might be indicative of soil enzymes being underestimated by current enzyme assay conditions in biochar-amended soils.
    Journal of Soils and Sediments 03/2015; 15(3). DOI:10.1007/s11368-014-1029-7