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Interactive effects of metals and carbon nanotubes in a microcosm agrosystem

Leroy, Mathieu and Pey, Benjamin and Jassey, Vincent and Liné, Clarisse and Elger, Arnaud and Probst, Anne and Flahaut, Emmanuel and Silvestre, Jérôme and Larue, Camille Interactive effects of metals and carbon nanotubes in a microcosm agrosystem. (2022) Journal of Hazardous Materials, 431. 128613. ISSN 0304-3894

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.128613


Agricultural soils are exposed to multiple contaminants through the use of agrochemicals or sewage sludge, introducing metals, nanomaterials and others. Among nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are known for their large surface area and adsorption capabilities, possibly modifying other element behavior. However, to date, very little is known about the impacts of such interactions in agrosystems. In this study, we aimed at understanding the transfer and toxicity of contaminants (Cd, Pb, Zn and CNTs) in microcosms including native soil bacteria, earthworms and lettuce. After a 6 week exposure, no effect of the addition of CNTs to metal contaminated soils was detected on bacterial concentration or earthworm growth. However, in lettuce, an interactive effect between CNTs and metals was highlighted: in the soil containing the highest metal concentrations the addition of 0.1 mg kg−1 CNTs led to a biomass loss (−22%) and a flavonoid concentration increase (+27%). In parallel, the addition of CNTs led to differential impacts on elemental uptake in lettuce leaves possibly related to the soil organic matter content. For earthworms, the addition of 10 mg kg−1 CNTs resulted in an increased body elemental transfer in the soil with the higher organic matter content (Pb: + 34% and Zn: + 25%).

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03616990
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:23 Mar 2022 09:20

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