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: 2.14

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 2.139
2013 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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Additional details

5-year impact 2.60
Cited half-life 4.00
Immediacy index 0.55
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.66
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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Publications in this journal

  • Wenming Ma · Zhongwu Li · Keyi Ding · Bin Huang · Xiaodong Nie · Yinmei Lu · Haibin Xiao · Guangming Zeng

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  • Yasser Mahmoud Awad · Sang Soo Lee · Yong Sik Ok · Yakov Kuzyakov

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  • Ya-Jie Wang · Zheng Chen · Pan-Pan Liu · Guo-Xin Sun · Long-Jun Ding · Yong-Guan Zhu

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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Impacts of a commercially available decay-facilitating microbial inoculum on carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) mineralization were evaluated during decomposition of rice straw in a paddy soil. Materials and methods Two incubation experiments were conducted for 105 days with a typical low-yield high-clay soil in central China to monitor effects of straw and the inoculum on CO2 evolution, as well as dissolved organic C (DOC), NH4+, NO3−, and pH under conditions of 15 °C 70 %, 25 °C 40 %, 25 °C 70 %, 25 °C 100 %, and 35 °C 70 % of water-holding capacity (WHC) with adequate N, supplied as urea or manure, respectively. Results and discussion Treatments of 25 °C 70 % WHC, 25 °C 100 % WHC, and 35 °C 70 % WHC generally achieved significant higher CO2 evolution while treatment of 25 °C 40 % WHC had least. This was more evident with added manure compared to urea (P < 0.05). The inoculum generally increased the decomposition of C inputs and the largest increases were in the initial 28 day in treatments 25 °C 70 % WHC, 25 °C 100 % WHC, and 35 °C 70 % WHC; only the 25 °C 40 % WHC actually immobilized C. The CO2 release rates were positively correlated with DOC, but with different slopes within treatments. Despite equivalent N application rates, manure treatments had significantly less N (including NO3−, NH4+, and total dissolved N) than those with urea. Incubation of 25 °C 40 % WHC decreased soil pH the least, probably due to relative low moisture causing delayed nitrification. Conclusions The results implied that the inoculum, especially fungi, would adjust to edaphic and N fertilization in regulating organic C mineralization, during which water potential would exhibit a great role in regulating substrate and nutrient availability.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Nutrient deficiency and salt stress (sodium, Na+) strongly limited the productivity of the degraded coastal soils in the Yellow River Delta. Biochar-based functional materials have been considered as a promising amendment to solving the problem of global soil security (e.g., erosion, fertility loss, acidification, and salinization). Therefore, this study aimed to explore the potential of using a biochar-compost amendment (BCA) to improve the coastal soil properties and productivity. Materials and methods The BCA was produced from composting of biochar and additives including seafood shell powder, peanut shell, commercial humate, and inorganic nutrients. Two halophytes, sesbania (Sesbania canabina (Retz.) Pers) and seashore mallow (Kosteletzkya virginica), were chosen as the tested plants in a 52-day pot experiment. BCA was added as the rates of 0, 1.5, 5, and 10 % (w/w). At the end of the incubation, the shoot height, biomass, and root morphological parameters including length, tips, and surface area were measured, as well as the properties (e.g., soil organic matter (SOM) content and cation exchange capacity (CEC)) of the rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils. Results and discussion The BCA application at 1.5 % enhanced the growth of sesbania and seashore mallow and increased their total biomass by 309 and 70.8 %, respectively, while significantly inhibited both the halophyte growths at 10 %. Similarly, both the halophyte root morphologies (e.g., length and tips) significantly increased by BCA addition at 1.5 %. The promoting growth of the both halophytes could be resulted from the improvement of soil properties such as the increased SOM and CEC, the decreased amount of the exchangeable sodium (Ex-Na) and exchangeable sodium percentage (ESP), and the rhizosphere effect (e.g., decreased soil pH). The higher rate of BCA addition (e.g., 10 %) sharply increased soil salinity, responsible for the inhibition of both the halophyte growths. Although BCA addition may directly supply much nitrogen (N) for the soils, N bioavailability for both halophytes was not largely improved. Conclusions The short-term laboratory pot experiments revealed that producing the biochar-compost with desired properties (e.g., BCA) could be a feasible alternative to remediate the degraded coastal soil in the Yellow River Delta. Moreover, the addition of BCA should be kept at an optimal level, which may produce expected positive results. Our results will be helpful for supporting the strategy of designing right biochar-compost for the right soil.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Due to the modernization of the agro-industrial sector, compounds with different toxicity and effects on human health and animal have been used and consequently affecting the environment. Among them, tetracycline (TC) stands out as one of the antibiotics most commonly used worldwide. This study evaluated the TC interaction with different fractions of peat in natura and humic substances, humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin. Materials and methods The different fractions of the organic matter were characterized by organic matter content, elemental analysis, spectroscopic analysis (E4/E6), and nuclear magnetic resonance of carbon 13 (NMR 13C), and the interaction between TC and different fractions of organic matter was made by fluorescence spectrometry. We used the tangential ultra-filtration system for determining the complexation capability of humic substances (HSs), fulvic acids (FA), humic acids (HA), and humin (HUM) from peat with TC. Finally, we evaluated sorption kinetic experiments between TC and peat in natura. Results and discussion The peat samples, humic substances, FAs, HAs, and HUM were characterized by organic matter (OM), atomic ratio (H/C and C/O) calculated from elemental analysis data, functional groups quantified by NMR 13C data, and E4/E6 ratio, and the results show significant differences in the structural characteristics of the fractions of OM influenced by the type of microorganisms and environmental factors associated with this decomposition. Data analysis revealed the strongest interaction between HUM and TC (59.19 mg g−1), followed by interaction between HS and TC (43.36 mg g−1 HS). In the sorption studies, these conditions showed the best model to describe the system under consideration using the Freundlich model. Conclusions The results showed that the different fractions of the OM extracted from peat show different contributions that affect the bioavailability of contaminants to the environment.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of phosphine in the mobilization of phosphorus in the rhizosphere soil of rice seedlings and to determine the relative efficiency of phosphine in plant P acquisition. Materials and methods An indoor simulation experiment was conducted and the matrix-bound phosphine (MBP), phosphorus fractions, and phosphatase activity in the rhizosphere soil samples from rice cultivation, biomass, the plant P, and the root system activity were measured under different phosphine concentrations (0, 1.4, 4.2, and 7.0 mg m−3) for a period of 30 days. Results and discussion The results indicated that phosphine treatments enhanced MBP, inorganic P (resin–Pi, NaHCO3–Pi, and NaOH–Pi), and phosphatase activity, as well as the root system activity, and the content of P in the rice seedlings was stimulated with increasing phosphine concentrations. However, organic P (NaHCO3–Po and NaOH–Po) accumulation occurred in the rhizosphere of the rice seedlings. In addition, the content of organic P in the soil samples decreased with increased phosphine concentration. Conclusions Therefore, relatively high concentrations of phosphine in paddy field could have a positive impact on the effectiveness of phosphorus in rice plants via influencing the rhizosphere properties.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose The use of rare earth elements (REEs) as tracers provides a high-precision method for quantitative determinations of soil particle movement in soil erosion studies. In this study, a new calculation method was developed and tested to improve the precision of the REE tracing method and to expand the application of this method to areas with coarse-textured soils. Materials and methods This study used purple soil to simulate a catchment with data based on a field survey of a small catchment located in the Three Gorges Area in China. Eight different powdered rare earth oxides, which included La2O3, CeO2, Nd2O3, Sm2O3, Eu2O3, Tb4O7, Ho2O3 and Yb2O3, were applied as tracers to describe soil movement in this scaled catchment during three simulated rainfall events of 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 mm min−1 rainfall intensity. Leaching experiments were conducted to investigate the vertical migration of REEs in soil layers. Particle size distributions (PSDs) and REE concentrations for each soil particle size class (1–2, 0.5–1, 0.25–0.5, 0.1–0.25, 0.075–0.1, 0.05–0.075, 0.02–0.05, 0.005–0.02 and <0.005 mm) were analysed to evaluate the precision of the proposed calculation method. Results and discussion Most REEs remained in the first layer during leaching. The scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX) mapping images showed that more REEs were adsorbed by small particles (≤0.1 mm), with large specific surface areas, than by large particles (>0.1 mm). During the three rainfall events, the coarsest size classes (1–2 and 0.5–1 mm) of the sediment samples were less than that of the soil. In contrast, the other classes, including <0.075 mm, showed the strongest adsorption for REEs, and the weight percentage of grains in eroded sediment was more than that in the source soil. The accuracy of the new proposed calculation method increased by 24.37, 20.25 and 3.84 % for the first, second and third storm, respectively, compared with the uncorrected mass of soil loss from the scaled catchment. Conclusions The REEs bonded well with purple soil particles and the leaching of REEs from the tagged layer to the lower layers was minimal. The <0.075-mm particle size class had the strongest adsorption capacity for REEs. The soil loss estimates were improved with the new calculation method.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose Soil microorganisms are important in the cycling of plant nutrients. Soil microbial biomass, community structure, and activity are mainly affected by carbon substrate and nutrient availability. The objective was to test if both the overall soil microbial community structure and the community-utilizing plant-derived carbon entering the soil as rhizodeposition were affected by soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) availability. Materials and methods A 13C-CO2 steady-state labeling experiment was conducted in a ryegrass system. Four soil treatments were established: control, amendment with carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), amendment with ammonium nitrate (NF), combined CMC and NF. Soil phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) and 13C labeling PLFA were extracted and detected by isotope ratio mass spectrometer. Results and discussion The combined CMC and NF treatment with appropriate C/N ratio (20) significantly enhanced soil microbial biomass C and N, but resulted in lower soil inorganic N concentrations. There was no significant difference in soil PLFA profile pattern between different treatments. In contrast, most of the 13C was distributed into PLFAs 18:2ω6,9c, 18:1ω7c, and 18:1ω9c, indicative of fungi and gram-negative bacteria. The inorganic-only treatment was distinct in 13C PLFA pattern from the other treatments in the first period of labeling. Factor loadings of individual PLFAs confirmed that gram-positive bacteria had relatively greater plant-derived C contents in the inorganic-only treatment, but fungi were more enriched in the other treatments. Conclusions Amendments with CMC can improve N transformation processes, and the ryegrass rhizodeposition carbon flux into the soil microbial community is strongly modified by soil N availability.
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