Composted municipal waste effect on chosen properties of calcareous soil

M. Hamidpour, M. Afyuni, E. Khadivi, A. Zorpas, V. Inglezakis

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A 3-year field study was conducted to assess effects of composted municipal waste on some properties, distribution of Zn, Cu in a calcareous soil and uptake of these metals by wheat. The treatments were 0, 25, 50 and 100 Mg ha-1 of municipal solid waste which was applied in three consecutive years. The application of composted municipal waste increased the saturated hydraulic conductivity, the aggregate stability, the organic carbon content and electrical conductivity, whereas it slightly decreased the soil pH and bulk density. A significant increase in the concentration of Zn and Cu were observed with increasing number and rate of compost application. The distribution of Zn and Cu between the different fractions in untreated and treated soils showed that the majority of Zn and Cu were in the residual form. Finally, the levels of Zn and Cu were higher in grains of wheat grown in compost treated plots compared to that grown in the control plots.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-374
Number of pages10
JournalInt. Agrophys.
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • calcareous soil
  • composted municipal waste
  • Cu
  • fractionation
  • Zn
  • biological uptake
  • bulk density
  • wheat
  • compost
  • field survey
  • hydraulic conductivity
  • metal
  • municipal solid waste
  • pH
  • soil aggregate
  • soil organic matter
  • soil pollution


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