Environmental Geochemistry and Health

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Assessment of the toxicity of silicon nanooxide in relation to various components of the agroecosystem under the conditions of the model experiment

  • Svyatoslav Valeryevich Lebedev
  • Irina Aleksandrovna GavrishEmail author
  • Lyudmila Vyacheslavovna Galaktionova
  • Anastasia Mickhailovna Korotkova
  • Elena Anatolyevna Sizova
Original Paper


Investigation of SiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) effect on Eisenia fetida showed no toxic effect of the metal at a concentration of 250, 500 and 1000 mg per kg of soil, but conversely, a biomass increase from 23.5 to 29.5% (at the protein level decrease from 60 to 80%). The reaction of the earthworm organism fermentative system was expressed in the decrease in the level of superoxide dismutase (SOD) on the 14th day and in the increase in its activity to 27% on the 28th day. The catalase level (CAT) showed low activity at average element concentrations and increase by 39.4% at a dose of 1000 mg/kg. Depression of malonic dialdehyde (MDA) was established at average concentrations of 11.2% and level increase up to 9.1% at a dose of 1000 mg/kg with the prolongation of the effect up to 87.5% after 28-day exposure. The change in the microbiocenosis of the earthworm intestine was manifested by a decrease in the number of ammonifiers (by 42.01–78.9%), as well as in the number of amylolytic microorganisms (by 31.7–65.8%). When the dose of SiO2 NPs increased from 100 to 1000 mg/kg, the number of Azotobacter increased (by 8.2–22.2%), while the number of cellulose-destroying microorganisms decreased to 71.4% at a maximum dose of 1000 mg/kg. The effect of SiO2 NPs on Triticum aestivum L. was noted in the form of a slight suppression of seed germination (no more than 25%), an increase in the length of roots and aerial organs which generally resulted in an increase in plant biomass. Assessing the soil microorganisms’ complex during introduction of metal into the germination medium of Triticum aestivum L., there was noted a decrease in the ammonifiers number (by 4.7–67.6%) with a maximum value at a dose of 1000 mg/kg. The number of microorganisms using mineral nitrogen decreased by 29.5–69.5% with a simultaneous increase in the number at a dose of 50 mg/kg (+ 20%). Depending on NP dose, there was an inhibition of the microscopic fungi development by 18.1–72.7% and an increase in the number of cellulose-destroying microorganisms. For all variants of the experiment, the activity of soil enzymes of the hydrolase and oxidoreductase classes was decreased.


Silicon dioxide Nanoparticle Triticum vulgare Eisenia fetida Microbiocenosis 



This study was funded by Russian Academy of Sciences within the framework of the program of fundamental scientific research on the programs of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Development of theoretical foundations and practical methods for increasing the efficiency of crop production using nanotechnological solutions» (No. 0761-2018-0032).

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Authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All applicable international guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed (OECD).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Svyatoslav Valeryevich Lebedev
    • 1
    • 2
  • Irina Aleksandrovna Gavrish
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lyudmila Vyacheslavovna Galaktionova
    • 1
  • Anastasia Mickhailovna Korotkova
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elena Anatolyevna Sizova
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Orenburg State UniversityOrenburgRussia
  2. 2.Federal Scientific Centre of Biological Systems and Agrotechnologies of Russian Academy of SciencesOrenburgRussia

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