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Assessment of Trace Element Contents in Soils and Water from Cerrado Wetlands, Triângulo Mineiro Region

Bruno Teixeira Ribeiro ORCID logo , Diogo Costa Nascimento, Nilton Curi, Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme, Enio Tarso de Souza Costa, Guilherme Lopes, [...]


ABSTRACT In the Brazilian Cerrado biome, there are wetlands locally known as “Veredas”, which are swampy plains between hills and rivers. Since the 1970’s, the Cerrado biome has been gradually converted to livestock, crop, or forestry production. Until now, very few studies were conducted to evaluate the baseline contents of trace elements in Cerrado wetland soils. Due to their position in the landscape (bottom lands), the wetlands are potentially susceptible to contamination by runoff and/or leaching from surrounding areas at […]

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Reference Values of Soil Quality for the Rio Doce Basin

Yang Zumbo Coronel Guevara, José João Lelis Leal de Souza, Gustavo Vieira Veloso, Renato Welmer Veloso, Pablo Azevedo Rocha, Walter Antônio Pereira Abrahão, [...]


ABSTRACT: The great geological and soil variation in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, indicates the need for regional studies to understand the geochemical background of soils. The Rio Doce Basin became a priority area for geochemical background determination after the rupture of the tailings dam of Fundão in 2015. In this context, the objectives of this study were to propose Reference Values of Soil Quality in the Rio Doce Basin, to define variables that can predict metal(loid) concentrations in […]

Tolerance to and Accumulation of Cadmium, Copper, and Zinc by Cupriavidus necator

Rayssa Pereira Vicentin, Jessé Valentim dos Santos, Cláudia Regina Gontijo Labory, Amanda Monique da Costa, Fatima Maria de Souza Moreira, Eduardo Alves


ABSTRACT Preliminary results of in vitro experiments with multicontaminated soils and solid media indicated that nodulating diazotrophic bacteria of the genus Cupriavidus are promising for the remediation of contaminated environments due to their symbiosis with legumes and metal tolerance. Thus, strains of Cupriavidus spp. (LMG 19424T, UFLA 01-659, UFLA 01-663, and UFLA 02-71) were tested for their ability to tolerate and bioaccumulate cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) in Luria-Bertani broth. Changes in the growth pattern of Cupriavidus strains […]

Geochemical Signature of Amazon Tropical Rainforest Soils

José João Lelis Leal de Souza, Maurício Paulo Ferreira Fontes, Robert Gilkes, Liovando Marciano da Costa, Teogenes Senna de Oliveira


ABSTRACT: Evaluating soil geochemical diversity in the Amazon Basin has been a challenge largely because most study sites have been at the edge of the basin and it is difficult to get samples in such a region. Here we show that even among the most weathered soils, physicochemical soil properties express lithology. Our results are based on topsoil samples collected from different locations in minimally disturbed areas in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. Soil properties were measured using methods which […]

Natural Fertility and Metals Contents in Soils of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

Daiana Althaus, Clesio Gianello, Marino José Tedesco, Kelly Justin da Silva, Carlos Alberto Bissani, Regina Felisberto


ABSTRACT: The parent geological materials and formation factors influence the chemical, physical, and mineralogical properties and composition of the soil. Therefore, the aims of this study were to determine the chemical and some physical and mineralogical properties of the soil useful for agricultural practice; to determine the natural contents of the semitotal metals in soils of the state of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil); and to suggest use of the quality reference values (QRVs) in accordance with Resolution 420/2009 of […]

Genesis, Characterization, and Classification of Mangrove Soils in the Subaé River Basin, Bahia, Brazil

Marcela Rebouças Bomfim, Jorge Antonio Gonzaga Santos, Oldair Vinhas Costa, Xosé Luis Otero, Geraldo da Silva Vilas Boas, Valdinei da Silva Capelão, [...]


ABSTRACT Preservation of mangroves, a very significant ecosystem from a social, economic, and environmental viewpoint, requires knowledge on soil composition, genesis, morphology, and classification. These aspects are of paramount importance to understand the dynamics of sustainability and preservation of this natural resource. In this study mangrove soils in the Subaé river basin were described and classified and inorganic waste concentrations evaluated. Seven pedons of mangrove soil were chosen, five under fluvial influence and two under marine influence and analyzed for […]

Growth of Bt Transgenic and Non-transgenic Corn Inoculated with Mycorrhizal Fungi in Soil Contaminated by Cadmium

Ana Paula Del Ducca, Eliane Guimarães Pereira Melloni, Rogério Melloni, Fabrina Bolzan Martins


ABSTRACT Population growth increases the need for food production, coupled in may cases with the indiscriminate use of fertilizers and incorporation of transgenic plants in the production system. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of cadmium on the growth of Bt transgenic corn and non-transgenic corn, inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi under controlled conditions. For that purpose, an experiment was set up in a 5 × 4 × 2 factorial arrangement with five Cd rates (0, 28.5, […]


Mara Lucia Jacinto Oliveira, Ademir Sérgio Ferreira de Araujo, Wanderley José de Melo


Tannery sludge contains high concentrations of inorganic elements, such as chromium (Cr), which may lead to environmental pollution and affect human health The behavior of Cr in organic matter fractions and in the growth of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) was studied in a sandy soil after four consecutive annual applications of composted tannery sludge (CTS). Over a four-year period, CTS was applied on permanent plots (2 × 5 m) and incorporated in the soil (0-20 cm) at the rates of […]


Airon José da Silva, Clístenes Williams Nascimento, Artur da Silva Gouveia Neto, Elias Arcanjo Silva Junior


Arsenic is a metalloid highly toxic to plants and animals, causing reduced plant growth and various health problems for humans and animals. Silicon, however, has excelled in alleviating stress caused by toxic elements in plants. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Si in alleviating As stress in maize plants grown in a nutrient solution and evaluate the potential of the spectral emission parameters and the red fluorescence (Fr) and far-red fluorescence (FFr) ratio obtained in […]

Soil solution and principal component analysis for the monitoring of agricultural areas amended with sewage sludge

Aline Renée Coscione, Lívia Fernanda Mendonça Silva, Isabella Clerici De Maria, Cristiano Alberto de Andrade, Vera Lucia Ferracini


The use of sewage sludge in agriculture is a sound alternative for nutrient recycling, but the concern over increase in soluble chemical species from mineralization of organic matter remains. The study of the soil solution is a valuable tool for understanding the availability of nutrients and for assessing the risk of soil and water contamination. For such studies, where the number of parameters examined is usually more than 10, the use of multivariate analysis tools, such as principal component analysis […]

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