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Study on the Effect of Different Modified Zeolite to Phosphorus Activation in Red Soil

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ABSTRACT

The activation of soil-fixed phosphorus is a long-term concern in soil science. In order to enhance the activation effect to soil-fixed phosphorus in red soil, different modified zeolite, through physical, chemical method and the associated both physics and chemistry, was used in this paper. The results showed as following: 1) the activated ability to soil-fixed phosphorus in red soil for modified zeolite was higher than the common one signally. Order of the ability for all kinds of modification zeolite in absolute activation amount and activation rate was: Modified in high temperature ammonium saturated zeolite > Ammonium saturated zeolite > Modified in high temperature zeolite > Common zeolite. 2) The increasing rate of modified phosphorus in high temperature ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite had a decline trend with time postponed while that for modified phosphorus in high temperature zeolite and routine zeolite was rising gradually with time postponed. For ammonium saturated zeolite, the increasing rate of phosphorus in low available phosphorus content red soil was significantly faster than that in red soil with the higher content of available phosphorus. 3) The activation rate for the same modified zeolite showed difference in different phosphorus level soil. The order is: SPhigh > SPmedium > SPlow.

1. Introduction

Phosphorus is one of the necessary nutritional elements during plant growth and also a limiting factor of water eutrophication [1] . Red soil is the main arable soil in China and its phosphorus content is abundant, but the content of available phosphorus is generally low. Though the phosphorus needs for the crop can be met by using phosphorus fertilization but it is still not an effective way to solve the problem. For one reason, the seasonal crop utilization of phosphate is only 5% - 10% [2] [3] . Besides, most of the available P will be fixed in the soil in the form of fixed phosphorus. For one thing, phosphorus fertilizer is overused in order to ensure the yield and food security. For another, there exist different levels of eutrophication in over 80% of lakes and reservoirs [4] [5] [6] . Phosphate application must be reduced in order to protect the environment and prevent the eutrophication. Meanwhile, phosphate mineral is nonrenewable resource. Considering these factors, to make full use of the fixed state of phosphorus in the soil, in order to balance food production, water environment protection and phosphate mineral resource, has become an inevitable choice. Therefore the research of cost-effective activation method of the soil fixed phosphorus is meaningful.

Studies showed that the accumulation of insoluble phosphate in the soil can be released by the zeolite and therefore as a source of supply of plant available phosphorus [7] [8] [9] [10] . However, the existed methods were not ideal to the activation effect on soil fixed phosphorus. In order to improve the effect of phosphorus activation using zeolite further, the physical method of high-temperature modification, saturated NH4+ chemical methods and high-temperature modification with saturated NH4+ combination of physical and chemical methods were used in this research. Together with solubilizing simulation experiments in three phosphorus levels, it focused on finding the method that can be applied in fixed phosphorus activation of red soil.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Tested Soil and Regional Profiles

Soil samples used in this study were taken from Yunlong Reservoir farmland soil which is the largest urban centralized drinking water source of Kunming. Sampling depth was 5 - 20 cm topsoil. The soil samples were air-dried and ground through a sieve of 1mm aperture and stored in a sealed bag for use. The basic properties of the soils are shown in Table 1.

2.2. Design of Experiments

2.2.1. Experiment Materials

Natural zeolite is an aluminum silicate mineral with basic metal frame shape. As it has

Table 1. Experimental soils’ basic properties and contents of phosphorus.

many internal cavities and channels, it is strong in cation exchange and selective adsorption performance, as well as its rich adsorption capacity . Zeolite used in this study collected from Yunnan and its main components are clinoptilolite. Cation exchange capacity is 89.3cmol/kg. Molecular formula is (SiO2) (Al2O3). Its weight is 218.247 and chemical formula is (CaNa2) Al2Si7O∙6H2O.

2.2.2. The Experimental Design

This experiment set up 4 treatments with 3 replications. 4 treatments are: Treatment 1 was common zeolite treatment; Treatment 2 was high temperature modified zeolite; Treatment 3 was ammonium saturated zeolite and Treatment 4 was high-temperature modification of ammonium saturated zeolite. The proportion ratio of modified zeolite is 1:100 and three red soil samples with SPhigh, the SPmedium and SPlow were added according to this ratio. Soil sample was taken every 10 d with a total of 4 times. The available phosphorus content was determined every time, the absolute amount of the activation of phosphorus was calculated by subtracting the available phosphorus content in CK treatment from the available phosphorus content of each zeolite activation treatment; the increasing rate of available phosphorus was calculated by dividing increasing amount of absolute available phosphorus by available phosphorus content in CK then multiplied by 100%. By subtracting the increasing rate of previous available phosphorus from the last available phosphorus, calculating the dynamic increase rate of available Phosphorus, the activation rate of Phosphorus was calculated from dividing the increase rate of absolute available phosphorus by total phosphorus in CK soil then multiplied by 100%.

2.3. The Method of Determining Index

Soil available phosphorus was measured by sodium bicarbonate extraction-molybde- num antimony anti-colorimetric determination method. Total phosphorus in soil use NaOH-molten molybdenum, antimony anti-colorimetric determination method. pH value was tested by the precision pH meter with PHS -3C ; the soil organic matter uses external heating potassium dichromate oxidation method for determination.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Effect and Variance Analysis of Different Modification Zeolite to Activate Red Soil Phosphorus

3.1.1. Effect of Different Modification Zeolite to Activate Red Soil Phosphorus

It showed that the absolute increment of available phosphorus with high-temperature modification of ammonium saturated zeolite was the highest between the four modified zeolites (Table 2). The absolute increments of available phosphorus were 23.48 mg・kg−1, 15.10 mg・kg−1 and 7.92 mg・kg−1. Solubilizing effect of the ammonium saturated zeolite was also evident, the absolute increments of its available phosphorus were 20.30 mg∙kg−1, 12.35 mg・kg−1 and 6.13 mg・kg−1. Solubilizing effect of the high-temperature modified zeolite was better than the zeolite, and the absolute increments of its available phosphorus were 7.20 mg・kg−1, 6.90 mg・kg−1 and 3.49 mg・kg−1. The absolute increments

Table 2. The absolute activation amount of different modification zeolite to activate red soil phosphorus.

of ordinary zeolite were 1.10 mg∙kg−1, 2.11 mg∙kg−1 and 0.35 mg∙kg−1. It follows that the ordinary zeolite could activate the fixed state phosphorus in the soil but its activation effect was not obvious.

Overall, the combination of Zeolite and saturated NH4+ can significantly improve the solubilizing phosphorus amount of zeolite. The main reason is to add saturated NH4+ can increase the cation exchange capacity of zeolite. So that the exchange absorption amount of zeolite to free state metal cations in the soil (of Fe2+, of Al3+, of Ca2+) was effectively increased and the fixation to phosphate ion was reduced [11] . Meanwhile soluble phosphorus was released through the cation exchange interaction of Ca2+ from insoluble calcium phosphate [12] . The exchange capacity order of different absorption ion to Ca2+ was as follows [13] : H+ > Na+ > of NH4+ > K+ > Mg2+ > Ba2+. It follows that different cation has great difference in selective exchange to Ca2 +. The main reason that the high temperature modified zeolite has better solubilizing phosphorus effect than ordinary zeolite is the adsorption in the zeolite voids with a certain amount of organic matter. The solubilizing effect of the zeolite is hindered by the relatively stable nature of organic matter, for there is no reaction with insoluble phosphate by the cation exchange role, and also the occupation of the organic matter to zeolite in adsorption capacity. High-temperature burning can effectively remove the organic matter adsorbed on the zeolite voids and thus increase the adsorption ability and adsorption capacity of the zeolite, and its phosphate solubilizing capacity will be significantly better than the zeolite without the high-temperature burning. The solubilizing effect of untreated zeolite is not obvious, it has the reasons: Firstly, the tested soil is red soil with strong acid, and this soil has secondary phosphorus fixation which make the secondary fixation of activated phosphate ion [14] ; Secondly, low application amount of zeolite make its cation exchange and adsorption capacity relatively smaller, which is similar with the research result of Li [10] .

3.1.2. Variance of Different Modification Zeolite to Activate Red Soil Phosphorus

It shows in Figure 1(a) that there was no significant difference between high-tempera- ture modified of ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite in solubilizing phosphorus effect, but their solubilizing phosphorus effect was highly

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Figure 1.(a) The difference of (PS high) phosphorus activation effect in different modification treatment zeolite; (b) The difference of (PS medium) phosphorus activation effect in different modification treatment zeolite; (c) The difference of (PS low) phosphorus activation effect in different modification treatment zeolite.

different with the high-temperature-modified zeolite; Solubilizing phosphorus effect of the high-temperature modified zeolite was also significantly different with ordinary zeolite. Regarding the red soil with high SP, the solubilizing effect order of zeolite from four different treatments are: high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite > ammonium saturated zeolite > high temperature modified zeolite > zeolite. Figure 1(b) shows that High-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite has no big difference with ammonium saturated zeolite about solubilizing effect; their solubilizing effects are highly different with high temperature modified zeolite. It also has significant difference between high-temperature modified zeolites and zeolite. The solubilizing effect of Zeolite for the red soil with medium level SP was: high temperature modification of ammonium saturated zeolite > ammonium saturated zeolite > high temperature modified zeolite > zeolite. Figure 1(c) shows that there is no significant difference between high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite, but it has no common with high temperature modified zeolite in solubilizing effect; The solubilizing effect of the ammonium saturated zeolite has no great difference with high temperature modified zeolite but different with Zeolite; The difference was not vital between high temperature modified zeolite and zeolite. The solubilizing effect order of four treatments with low SP red soil was: high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite > ammonium saturated zeolite > high temperature modified zeolite > zeolite.

3.2. Influence of Different Modified Zeolite on the Dynamic Increasing Rate of Available Phosphorus in Red Soil

It can be seen that in the same period, the increasing rates of available phosphorus in red soil are different for the zeolite with different treatments (Figures 2(a)-(c)). The dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus from 3 soil samples in the 0 - 10 d period of high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite were 19.61%, 22.50% and 26.53%, which were higher than the other three periods. Within the 0 - 10 d of ammonium saturated zeolite, the dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus from 3 soil samples were 17.17%, 18.06% and 30.34%, which were significantly higher than the results from other three periods. And the dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus with these two treated zeolite showed a descending trends. In addition, in the 0 - 10 d for high temperature modified zeolite, the dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus from three soil samples was 2.35%, 3.54% and 5.15%, which were lower than the results of other three periods, and their dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus showed ascending trends. And the zeolite also has the similar pattern.

The reason that the dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus from high- temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite showing descending trends is that zeolite absorbed saturated in extremely rich content, which enhance the cation exchange ability and amount of zeolite, and the activated phosphorus amount was also raised through cation exchange, but over time,

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Figure 2. (a) (PS high) dynamic increasing rate of phosphorus in different modification treatment zeolite; (b) (PS medium) dynamic increasing rate of phosphorus in different modification treatment zeolite; (c) (PS low) dynamic increasing rate of phosphorus in different modification treatment zeolite.

gradually the saturated was consumed and cation exchange amount was reduced, so that the dynamic increasing rate of available P was declined. The dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus of high temperature modified zeolite and the ordinary zeolite showing ascending trends is because that their solubilizing mechanism was a slow reaction process, and at the beginning zeolite need to absorb the ions K+ and NH4+ that has cation exchange ability in soil, then by cation exchanges to react with the metal cation of insoluble phosphorus in soil, the phosphate ion will be released slowly [15] . It is just as the existence of this time difference that there have been followed by an upward trend of the dynamic increasing rate of available phosphorus, and also precisely as this phenomenon, the zeolite cannot play the role of activating soil phosphorus and even make negative effect. This could be the reason in the early stage that zeolite showed negative value.

3.3. Effect of Different Modified Zeolite on the Activation Rate of Phosphorus in Red Soil

Figures 3(a)-(c) showed that the different treated zeolite has variable activation phosphorus rates to the same soil sample. The modified ammonium saturated zeolite has the highest activation rate of phosphorus, and the phosphorus activation rates in three soil samples with high SP, medium SP, and low SP are 1.93%, 1.53% and 0.77%. It follows from that the phosphorus activated mode of high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite has the best effect in high SP. It was seen in Figure 3(a) that there was no significant difference of phosphorus activation rate between high-tem- perature modified ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite, the difference are significant between ammonium saturated zeolite and high-temperature modified zeolite, and also between high temperature modified zeolite and ordinary zeolite. It was seen in Figure 3(b) that there was no significant difference of phosphorus activation rate between high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite, and big difference between ammonium saturated zeolite and high-temperature modified zeolite, and also big difference between high temperature modified zeolite and ordinary zeolite. Figure 3(c) showed that high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite had no difference with ammonium saturated zeolite, but it had vital difference with high temperature modified zeolite; Ammonium saturated zeolite had no difference with high temperature modified zeolite, but it had highly difference with ordinary zeolite; and also big difference between high temperature modified zeolite and ordinary zeolite.

As the different mechanisms of activating phosphorus between different processed zeolite, there was a big difference for phosphorus activation effect of the same soil. High-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite has the best activating phosphorus effect in the four processed zeolite because the soil organic matter absorbed in the zeolite voids was removed by high temperature, and the absorption capacity of zeolite was enlarged and cation exchange capacity of zeolite was also increased through combination with saturated. This combined physical and chemical method can

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Figure 3. (a) The difference between activation rate of phosphorus in different modification treatment zeolite (PS high); (b) The difference between activation rate of phosphorus in different modification treatment zeolite (PS medium); (c) The difference between activation rate of phosphorus in different modification treatment zeolite (PS low).

mostly activate the fixed phosphorus in red soil. However, the phosphorus activation rate of high temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite was quite different between three soil samples. The reasons are: firstly, total phosphorus content is different in these three soil samples. Secondly, available phosphorus content in the soil sample with high SP are the highest, which makes the free cation content that can fix available phosphorus relatively less, thus saturated NH4+ absorbed on high temperature modified zeolite could have cation exchange reaction with metal cation in insoluble phosphate, and the activation rate of phosphorus can be maximized.

4. Conclusions

The ability of zeolite in activating phosphorus of the red soil with different modified treatment was significantly higher than the ordinary unmodified one, and the treatment with high temperature modified and saturated with ammonium ion has the highest phosphorus activation amount. The absolute amount of activating phosphorus with different treatments has the order as follows: high-temperature modified ammonium saturated zeolite > ammonium saturated zeolite > high-temperature modified zeolite > ordinary zeolite.

For the tested soil samples with high, middle and low levels of rapid available phosphorus content, the increasing rate of soil phosphorus activation with different treatments has the same general trend. The increasing rate of modified phosphorus in high temperature ammonium saturated zeolite and ammonium saturated zeolite had a decline trend with time postponed while that for modified in high temperature zeolite and routine zeolite were rising gradually with time postponed. For ammonium saturated zeolite, the increasing rate of phosphorus in low available phosphorus content red soil was significantly faster than that in red soil with the higher content of available phosphorus. All these are related with their different activation mechanisms.

The four treatments by the usage in the soil with high, middle and low available phosphorus content have the same order of activation rate to phosphorus: high-tem- perature modified ammonium saturated zeolite > ammonium saturated zeolite > high temperature modified zeolite> ordinary zeolite, but the activation rate for the same modified zeolite showed difference in different phosphorus level soil. The order is: SPhigh > SPmedium > SPlow.

Acknowledgements

Project supported by the science and technology innovation talent plan of Yunnan Province (No. 2015HC018); national water pollution prevention and treatment of major projects (No. 2012ZX07102-003).

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Cite this paper

Shi, J. , Zhang, N. , Zhang, C. and Wei, B. (2016) Study on the Effect of Different Modified Zeolite to Phosphorus Activation in Red Soil. Journal of Environmental Protection, 7, 2036-2046. doi: 10.4236/jep.2016.713158.

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