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Contribution of Humic Acid and a Polysaccharide to Water Repellency in Sand and Soil1


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  1. Vol. 33 No. 1, p. 149-151
    Received: Aug 26, 1968
    Accepted: Sept 23, 1968

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  1. S. M. Savage,
  2. J. P. Martin and
  3. J. Letey2



A silica sand and Pachappa sandy loam were treated at various pH's with aqueous suspensions of three microbial humic acids, a soil and peat humic acid, a microbial polysaccharide, and metallic salts of the tested organic substances. Of all the substances tested, only one, a humic acid isolated from a Stachybotrys atra culture, caused water repellency in the sand and soil. The Fe3+ and Al3+ salts of this humic acid rendered the sand and soil practically impermeable to water. The organic matter content of the extremely water repellent sands was less than .05%. The final conclusion of the paper is that humic acid-like substances and polysaccharides probably do not contribute much to water repellency in soils.

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