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Applied and Environmental Soil Science
Volume 2013, Article ID 510278, 8 pages
Research Article

Monometal and Competitive Adsorption of Cd, Ni, and Zn in Soil Treated with Different Contents of Cow Manure

Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran

Received 5 March 2013; Accepted 3 June 2013

Academic Editor: Leonid Perelomov

Copyright © 2013 Mostafa Chorom et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study was conducted to assess the monometal and competitive adsorption of Cd, Ni, and Zn in the soil incubated with different contents of decayed cow manure ( : 0, : 25, and : 50 tha−1) for 90-d at 25°C. Sorption isotherms were characterized using the linear Freundlich equation. Most sorption isotherms were well described by the Freundlich equation (maximum and minimum ) and the monometal and competitive adsorption isotherms of Zn, Cd, and Ni followed the L-curve type (L-2). Results showed that the mono- and multimetal sorption amounts increased with an increase in organic amendment content as the sorption capacities for Cd, Ni, and Zn followed the following sequence: . This sequence was consistent with the CEC and particularly pH for the three soils. All soils showed greater sorption capacity for Zn than the other trace elements as the sorption sequence in was , while in both and was . Therefore, the metal-binding sites in OM were more selective for Zn and Ni than Cd. Competition significantly reduced metals , especially for Cd and Ni.