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Effects of decabromodiphenyl ether on lead mobility and microbial toxicity in soil

Zhang, Wei, Chen, Lei, Zhang, Rong, Lin, Kuangfei
Chemosphere 2015 v.122 pp. 99-104
carbonates, ecotoxicology, electronic wastes, lead, manganese oxides, microbial biomass, pollutants, recycling, soil, soil microorganisms, soil respiration, toxicity
Lead (Pb) and decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE209) are the main pollutants at e-waste recycling sites (EWRSs). Focus on joint toxicological effects of the two chemicals has increasingly gained a great amount of interest. Therefore, the lab study was performed to determine the Pb mobility and microbial toxicity in a Pb-polluted soil in the presence of BDE209 for the first time. The results showed that BDE209 was barely degraded and could elicit the combined effects with Pb exposure during the entire incubation period. The exchangeable (EXCH) and carbonates fractions of Pb were transformed to organic, Fe/Mn oxides and residual fractions, and the addition of an appropriate amount (100mgkg−1) of BDE209 facilitated the transformation compared with Pb alone. In addition, soil microbial biomass C (Cmic), soil basal respiration (SBR) and metabolic quotient (qCO2) increased in the beginning of the experiment and then declined with the incubation period extension, and BDE209 addition might cause notable different response relative to the control. Significant correlations between EXCH or mobility factor (MF) of Pb and SBR, Cmic, or qCO2 in soil treated with BDE209 can be clearly observed. Results of the observations provide a better understanding of ecotoxicological effects of Pb and BDE209 joint exposure on indigenous microorganisms in soil at EWRSs.