Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Metal Fractions in Soils under Various Crop Management.

Regine Mankolo, Chandra Reddy, Zachary Senwo, and Ermson Nyakatawa. Alabama A&M Univ., Alabama A&M Univ., PO Box 202, Normal, AL 35762

Heavy metals in soils pose a significant health risk. Such metals as Zn and Cu are essential micronutrients for plants and animals, while others like Cd, and Pb have no obvious biological function. A study is being undertaken on soils under various crop management practices, using a sequential fractionation scheme to investigate the distribution and chemical fractions of Cu, Pb, Ni, Zn, Fe, and Mn. The complete results will be presented.