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Distribution trend of trace elements in digestate exposed to air: Laboratory-scale investigations using DGT-based fractionation

Abstract : The use of digestate as amendment for agricultural soils has already been proposed as an alternative to mineral fertilizers or undigested organic matter. However, little information is available concerning the effect of digestate atmospheric exposure on trace elements speciation and, consequently, on their mobility and bio-accessibility when digestate is stored in open tanks or handled before land spreading. In this study, we investigated at laboratory-scale the effect of digestate aeration on the distribution of Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se and W using the diffusive gradients in thin films technique (DGT)-based fractionation. For this purpose, experiments were performed to assess the variation in distribution between the labile, soluble and particulate fractions over time in digested sewage sludge during passive and forced aeration. Results showed that aeration promoted a dissolution of Al, As, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo and Pb, suggesting a possible increase in their mobility that may likely occur during storage in open tanks or handling before land spreading. Labile elements' fraction increased only during forced aeration (except for Fe and Mn), suggesting that their short-term bio-accessibility can increase only after significant aeration as the one assumed to occur when land spreading takes place
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Andreina Laera, Rémy Buzier, Gilles Guibaud, Giovanni Esposito, Eric van Hullebusch. Distribution trend of trace elements in digestate exposed to air: Laboratory-scale investigations using DGT-based fractionation. Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier, 2019, 238, pp.159-165. ⟨10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.02.120⟩. ⟨insu-02897999⟩

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