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  • Research Article   
    Effects of chicken manure and chicken manure -derived biochar on the bioavailability and concentration of Lead (Pb) in two Brassica vegetables
    Author(s): Moses Mulenga*, Ikabongo Mukumbuta, Benson Chishala and Yoshitaka Uchida

    Lead (Pb) contamination has been widely reported in Kabwe town soils due to mining activities. The bioavailability and excessive amounts of Pb in soils are toxic to both plants and microorganisms. Manure and biochar have been reported to immobilize heavy metals in soil. This study, thus evaluated the effects of chicken manure and chicken manure-derived biochar on the bioavailability of Pb in the soil and its uptake by plants in polluted garden soils of Kabwe. Pots containing Pb contaminated soil with five treatments of manure and biochar in the following proportions: CT (un-amended polluted soil, control); 2% and 4% of CM (chicken manure); 2% of and 4% of CMB (Chicken Manure-Derived Biochar) were used in this study. The manure and biochar were applied as percentage of total mass of soil in the pot. Brassica napus (rape) was planted and grown in the soils under greenhouse conditions fo.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.37532/puljmbr.2023.6(1).14-18

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