Effect of municipal wastewater irrigation and well water on plant and soil characteristics

  • Mashallah DANESHVAR Lorestan University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Khorramabad-Boroujerd Highway, Khorramabad, Lorestan
  • Farhad FATTAHI Lorestan University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Khorramabad-Boroujerd Highway, Khorramabad, Lorestan
  • Hamid R. RAHMANI Agricultural Research, Educating and Extension Organization, AREEO, Department of soil and water Research, Amir Hamza Town, Isfahan
  • Seyed A. M. MODARRES SANAVY Tarbiat Modares University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Jalal AleAhmad Highway, Tehran
  • Masoud SAMI Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Food Security Research Center and Department of Food Science and Technology, Hezar-Jerib St, Isfahan
Keywords: nutritional elements; pollution; yield components


In order to investigate the effect of treated wastewater on forage yield, nutrient elements and heavy metals in corn plants (Zea maize, 704 single cross), a field experiment was conducted in RCBD with three treatments in four replications in 2017. Irrigation with well water as first treatment, irrigation with wastewater as second treatment and irrigation with well water and wastewater was alternately applied as a third treatment. The results showed that the highest amount of forage corn yield, stalk and ear dry weight, plant height and leaf number and spade index were obtained in irrigation with wastewater. The highest nitrogen content of leaf and stalk and corn grain was obtained in irrigation with wastewater treatment and the least amount in irrigation with well water treatment was obtained. The amount of phosphorus and potassium measured in leaf and stalk of corn in all three treatments were not significantly different. Also, the highest amount of iron and zinc in leaf and stalk of corn was obtained in irrigation with wastewater treatment. The results showed that the amount of heavy metals including lead, cadmium and nickel in soils were not significantly different in all three treatments. According to the results, the use of urban wastewater not only does not cause soil and plant pollution to heavy elements, but also increases plant yield and nutrition.


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How to Cite
DANESHVAR, M., FATTAHI, F., RAHMANI, H. R., MODARRES SANAVY, S. A. M., & SAMI, M. (2020). Effect of municipal wastewater irrigation and well water on plant and soil characteristics. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 12(2), 409-419. https://doi.org/10.15835/nsb12210767
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