Effect of fly ash on sorption behavior of metribuzin in agricultural soils

Division of Agricultural Chemicals, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India.
Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part B (Impact Factor: 1.2). 02/2012; 47(2):89-98. DOI: 10.1080/03601234.2012.616767
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This investigation was undertaken to determine the effect of two different fly ashes [Kota and Inderprastha (IP)] amendment on the sorption behavior of metribuzin in three Indian soil types. The IP fly ash was very effective in increasing the metribuzin sorption in the soils. The sorption with IP amendment was increased by 15-92%, whereas with the Kota fly ash an increase in sorption by 13-38% was noted. The adsorption isotherms fitted very well to the Freundlich adsorption equation and, in general, slope (1/n) values less then unity were observed. Although both the fly ashes significantly decreased metribuzin desorption, the IP fly ash was comparatively more effective in retaining metribuzin in the soils. Metribuzin sorption in the IP fly ash-amended soils showed strong correlation with the fly ash content and compared to K(f)/K(d) values, K(FA) values (sorption normalized to fly ash content) showed less variation. Metribuzin sorption-desorption did not correlate to the organic carbon content of the soil-fly ash mixture. The study demonstrates that all coal fly ashes may not be effective in enhancing the sorption of metribuzin in soils to the same extent. However, among the fly ashes used in this study, the IP fly ash was observed to be significantly effective in enhancing the sorption of metribuzin in soils. This may play an important role in reducing the run off and leaching losses of the herbicide by retaining it in the soil.

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    • "The results suggested a considerable reduction in the leaching losses of metribuzin in CFA-amended columns of all the three soil types and the effect increased with the level of CFA applied. The high efficiency of CFA in reducing the downward mobility of metribuzin in soils might be due to its high sorption affinity, as supported by findings of 15e92% increase in metribuzin sorption by three Indian soils; the effect though varied across the two CFAs and three soils used (Singh et al., 2012). These results demonstrate that not all coal fly ashes may be effective in enhancing the sorption of metribuzin in soils to the same extent. "
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