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Journal of Environmental Quality Abstract - Special Section: Environmental Benefits of Biochar

Effect of Biochar Amendment on Tylosin Adsorption–Desorption and Transport in Two Different Soils


This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 41 No. 4, p. 1185-1192
    Received: May 3, 2011

    * Corresponding author(s): jjwang@agcenter.lsu.edu
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  1. Chang Yoon Jeonga,
  2. Jim J. Wang *a,
  3. Syam K. Dodlaa,
  4. Thomas L. Eberhardtb and
  5. Les Groomb
  1. a School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, 104 Sturgis Hall, Louisiana State Univ. Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
    b USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 2500 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA 71360. Assigned to Associate Editor Kuldip Kumar


The role of biochar as a soil amendment on the adsorption–desorption and transport of tylosin, a macrolide class of veterinary antibiotic, is little known. In this study, batch and column experiments were conducted to investigate the adsorption kinetics and transport of tylosin in forest and agricultural corn field soils amended with hardwood and softwood biochars. Tylosin adsorption was rapid at initial stages, followed by slow and continued adsorption. Amounts of adsorption increased as the biochar amendment rate increased from 1 to 10%. For soils with the hardwood biochar, tylosin adsorption was 10 to 18% higher than that when using the softwood biochar. Adsorption kinetics was well described by Elovich equation (r2 ≥ 0.921). As the percent of biochar was increased, the rates of initial reactions were generally increased, as indicated by increasing α value at low initial tylosin concentration, whereas the rates during extended reaction times were generally increased, as indicated by decreasing β value at high initial tylosin concentration. A considerably higher amount of tylosin remained after desorption in the corn field soil than in the forest soil regardless of the rate of biochar amendment, which was attributed to the high pH and silt content of the former. The breakthrough curves of tylosin showed that the two soils with biochar amendment had much greater retardation than those of soils without biochar. The CXTFIT model for the miscible displacement column study described well the peak arrival time as well as the maximum concentration of tylosin breakthrough curves but showed some underestimation at advanced stages of tylosin leaching, especially in the corn field soil. Overall, the results indicate that biochar amendments enhance the retention and reduce the transport of tylosin in soils.

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