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Application of Rice Grain Husk Derived Biochar in Ameliorating Toxicity Impacts of Cu and Zn on Growth, Physiology and Enzymatic Functioning of Wheat Seedlings

Rui Wang, Weizhang Fu, Jinhua Wang, Lusheng Zhu, Lei Wang, Jun Wang, Zulfiqar Ahmad
Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology 2019 v.103 no.4 pp. 636-641
Triticum aestivum, absorbents, agricultural land, biochar, catalase, chlorophyll, copper, enzyme activity, heavy metals, livestock, peroxidase, poultry manure, rice hulls, seed germination, seedling growth, seedlings, superoxide dismutase, toxicity, vigor, wheat, zinc
Livestock and poultry manure containing high levels of copper and zinc have led to contamination of farmland and products which could have an impact on human health. Biochar is an inexpensive and efficient heavy metal absorbent. In the present study, we have used biochar to mitigate the effects of heavy metals on the growth of wheat seedlings. The study showed that the effects of heavy metals on wheat seedlings growth were mitigated by increasing exposure to biochar. Compared to the control group, the germination potential, germination rate, germination index and vigor index of wheat seedlings with supplemented biochar increased significantly. Moreover, the specific activity of catalase, peroxidase, superoxide dismutase decreased and chlorophyll contents increased, which promote wheat growth and suggests that the addition of biochar could reduce the effects of heavy metals on wheat seedlings.