alexa Short–Term Effects of Young Landfill Leachates (LFL) on Chemical and Microbiological Properties of a Mediterranean Sandy Soil
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Research Article

Short–Term Effects of Young Landfill Leachates (LFL) on Chemical and Microbiological Properties of a Mediterranean Sandy Soil

Nesrine Turkiand* and Jalel Bouzid

Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Ecotoxicology, University of Sfax-Tunisia, ENIS, Tunisia

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Nesrine Turkiand
Laboratory of Environmental Engineering and Ecotoxicology
University of Sfax-Tunisia, ENIS, Tunisia
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Received Date: April 10, 2017; Accepted Date: April 19, 2017; Published Date: April 26, 2017

Citation: Turkiand N, Bouzid J (2017) Short–Term Effects of Young Landfill Leachates (LFL) on Chemical and Microbiological Properties of a Mediterranean Sandy Soil. Int J Waste Resour 7: 273. doi: 10.4172/2252-5211.1000273

Copyright: © 2017 Turkiand N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Landfill leachates (LFL) constitute a serious environmental problem due to its high concentration of organic and inorganic compounds. However, landfill leachates can be also considered as fertilizer with respect to those substances. The present paper is an attempt to analyze the impact of application of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill leachates on soil carbon, nitrogen and microbiological characteristics. Three doses of landfill leachates (0.5, 1 and 2%) were used corresponding to 10, 20 and 40 m3ha-1, respectively. The variation of the main physical, chemical and microbiological properties of soil was monitored. Temporary and permanent changes in several properties occurred after the application of LFL. These properties varied in sensitivity to the applied disturbance. Shortly, after the application of LFL the organic carbon and nitrogen (N) increased in soils amended. Simultaneously, an increase in the total number of soil bacteria, nitrifying populations and soil respiration (after two weeks of incubation) was occurred. But this effect disappeared after two months of treatment. The increase in microbiological activity accelerated the loss of soil organic carbon (SOC) and led to an increase of N at the end of incubation. The leachates treated soils exhibited elevated levels of electrical conductivity (EC) and lower levels of exchangeable Phosphorus (P).


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