Phosphorus release characteristics from biosolids-derived organomineral fertilisers

Antille, Diogenes L. and Sakrabani, Ruben and Godwin, Richard J. (2014) Phosphorus release characteristics from biosolids-derived organomineral fertilisers. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis , 45 (19). pp. 2565-2576. ISSN 0010-3624


This study investigated the availability of phosphorus (P) following soil application of a novel biosolids-derived organomineral fertilizer (OMF15; 15:4:4) in comparison with single superphosphate (0:18:0). Two soil types of contrasting characteristics were incubated over a period of 90 days at 25°C and maintained near field capacity. Phosphorus was applied at rates equivalent to 0 (control), 150, and 300 kg ha−1 of P2O5, respectively. Availability of P from OMF15 was low throughout the experiment accounting for less than 6.5% of total OMF15-P applied. It was shown that after the 90 days incubation period, the overall increase in soil extractable P in OMF15-treated soil was marginal in both soil types. For single superphosphate (SSP), P availability ranged from 16% to 46% of total SSP-P applied. Application of SSP increased soil extractable P levels significantly (P < 0.001) compared with unfertilized control soils. The results of this study aided the development of fertilization strategies for the best use of OMF produced from nutrient-enriched biosolids granules for applications in winter cereal and grass crops in England.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
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Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 05:03
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 04:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: biosolids granules; fertilizer phosphorus availability; organomineral fertilizers (OMF); soil P dynamics; soil P-index
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070306 Crop and Pasture Nutrition
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050304 Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079902 Fertilisers and Agrochemicals (incl. Application)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9614 Soils > 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
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