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An innovative approach for sequential extraction of phosphorus in sediments: Ferrous iron P as an independent P fraction

Abstract : Accurate identification of phosphorus (P) forms is crucially important for understanding the geochemical cycle of P; however, until now the role of ferrous iron P (Fe(II)-P) buried in sediments has been completely ignored in nearly all sequential extraction procedures developed. Using sediment cores sampled from Donghu Lake in Wuhan, China, this study explored a modified version of widely used sequential P extraction method (SEDEX; Ruttenberg, 1992) in which Fe(II)-P was identified as an independent fraction. Based on the high selectivity of the extractant (0.2% 2,2′–bipyridine+0.1 M KCl) and the dissolution equilibrium of P, procedures for extracting Fe(II)-P were optimized using a 1:100 solid:liquid ratio and extraction at 50 ± 1 °C for 24 h. The sedimentary P extracted was divided into five fractions: loosely-bound P, Fe(II)-P, CDB-P, Ca-P and O-P. Fe(II)-P was the predominant fraction in fresh sediments in Donghu Lake, accounting for 15.7–49.9% of TP, with a mean of 31.6%. The mean values of Ca-P, O-P, CDB-P and loosely-bound P were 28.4%, 22.7%, 17.1% and 4.3%, respectively. Combined with component analysis of extracts and recovery experiments of standard reference minerals (vivianite, Fe3(PO4)2·8H2O) in natural sediments, extraction of Fe(II)-P with 0.2% 2,2-bipridine and 0.1 M KCl was robust, with a good recovery rate (88.7–100.6%) and little of the Ca-P dissolved. It is possible to use this innovative SEDEX not only to distinguish the contribution of different P matrices in fresh sediments, but also to investigate the transformation of sedimentary P under different redox conditions. Therefore, greater focus on Fe(II)-P is necessary, because it is a major sink for the geochemical process of sedimentary P.
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Sen Gu, Yiguang Qian, Qingman Li, Gilles Pinay, Gérard Gruau. An innovative approach for sequential extraction of phosphorus in sediments: Ferrous iron P as an independent P fraction. Water Research, IWA Publishing, 2016, 103, pp.352-361. ⟨10.1016/j.watres.2016.07.058⟩. ⟨insu-01355339⟩

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