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  1. Vol. 54 No. 5, p. 1242-1248
    Received: Oct 13, 1988

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Zinc Adsorption by a Lateritic Soil in the Presence of Organic Ligands

  1. P. Chairidchai and
  2. G. S. P. Ritchie 
  1. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, School of Agric., Univ. of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, 6009



Soluble Zn in soils and its availability to plants may be influenced by the presence of organic ligands, particularly in the rhizosphere, where soluble organic matter may be present in high concentrations. Zinc adsorption by a lateritic podzolic soil was measured in the presence of 0 to 3 mmol L−1 of acetate, oxalate, citrate, tricarballylate, salicylate, or catechol, or 0 to 3 mmolc L−1 of humate. Zinc remaining in solution was measured by atomic absorption spectrometry after shaking the soil for 17 h at a soil/liquid ratio of 1:5 in a 0.003 mol L−1 KCl solution containing 0 to 500 µmol L−1 Zn and the ligands. In the absence of organic ligands, more than 95% of the zinc was adsorbed. The amount of adsorption was linearly correlated with pH and the concentration of ZnOH+ in solution after shaking (r2 = 0.98; multiple regression). Zinc adsorption and pH decreased in the presence of each of the ligands except catechol. Seventy four percent of the variation in adsorption was accounted for by the combined effects of the concentration of zinc-ligand complex (Zn-L) and the concentration of ZnOH+ that were present in solution after adsorption. However, other factors such as changes in the number of sites available for adsorption, the point of zero salt effect (pzse) of the soil, and the charge of zinc species also contributed to the magnitude of zinc adsorption.

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