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Exploration of strategies to increase the nitrogen and phosphate content of solid waste landfill soil.

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Summary of "Exploration of strategies to increase the nitrogen and phosphate content of solid waste landfill soil."

Several strategies were undertaken to increase the fertility of landfill soil as rapid urbanization remarkably decreases the agricultural land, posing challenges to the fast-growing human population. Towards this direction, soil microcosms were prepared wherein the addition of nutrient or biofertilizer or the combination of both increased the soil nitrogen and phosphate content considerably. The maximum amount of nitrogen fixation and phosphate solubilization occurred in microcosm treated with biofertilizer and nutrient. To investigate the underlying cause, we observed that separate application of nutrient or biofertilizer or combined application of both increased the abundance of nitrogen-fixing and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria in the microcosms. However, the highest abundance of nitrogen-fixing and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria was spotted in a microcosm challenged with nutrient and biofertilizer together. It was detected that with increasing population of nitrogen-fixing and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria, the soil nitrogen and phosphate level also got enhanced, respectively, thus establishing a strong positive correlation between them. The microcosm treated with biofertilizer and nutrient manifested the highest degree of heterotrophic microbial growth and microbial activity than the microcosms either treated with nutrient or biofertilizer. The microcosm treated with nutrient and biofertilizer was found to exhibit the highest functional diversity compared to others. A surface plot was constructed to demonstrate the association among microbial activity, functional diversity, and the availability of soil nitrogen and phosphate content of soil. The result indicates that the combined application of nutrient and biofertilizer increases the microbial activity leading to the formation of a heterogeneous ecosystem that enhances the nitrogen and phosphate content of landfill soil considerably.

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Name: Environmental monitoring and assessment
ISSN: 1573-2959
Pages: 245

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