Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 30, pp 30847–30856 | Cite as

Effects of chicken manure application on cadmium and arsenic accumulation in rice grains under different water conditions

  • Yiyun Liu
  • Yingming XuEmail author
  • Qingqing Huang
  • Xu Qin
  • Lijie Zhao
  • Xuefeng Liang
  • Lin Wang
  • Yuebing Sun
Research Article


Widespread contamination of agricultural soil with Cd and As has resulted in substantial transfer and accumulation of these toxicants in rice grains. In the present study, we investigated the effects of chicken manure application on Cd and As concentrations and As speciation in the rice grains grown under different water conditions by pot experiment. Under aerobic condition, the application of chicken manure increased soil pH and soil Eh during most of the growth period of rice. Consequently, the application of chicken manure has little effect on total Cd, slightly decreased total As and inorganic As of rice grains when applied at rate of 2.0%. Under intermittent irrigation condition, the application of chicken manure increased soil pH and decreased soil Eh during most of the growth period of rice. Thus, chicken manure decreased total Cd, As, and inorganic As of rice grains. Besides, there was increased reduction of Cd and As with increase in the amount of chicken manure applied. Under flooded condition, the application of chicken manure increased soil pH before heading but decreased soil pH after heading. The application of chicken manure dramatically decreased total and inorganic As in rice grains, and slightly decreased Cd of rice grains. There was increased reduction of total As concentration with the increase in the amount of chicken manure applied. Meanwhile, the inorganic As concentration was the lowest when the concentration of chicken manure was 1.0%.


Arsenic As speciation Cadmium Chicken manure Rice Water management 


Funding information

The current research was supported by the Funds for the Science and Technology Innovation Project from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (No. CAASXTCX-xym-2017), the China Agriculture Research System (CARS-03), the Tianjin Science and Technology Support Plan Project (14ZCZDSF00004), The National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFD080066), and Tianjin Natural Science Foundation Key Project (17JCZDJC34200).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yiyun Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yingming Xu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Qingqing Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xu Qin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lijie Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xuefeng Liang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lin Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yuebing Sun
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Innovation Team of Remediation for Heavy Metal Contaminated Farmlands, Agro-Environmental Protection InstituteMinistry of AgricultureTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Original Environmental Pollution ControlMinistry of Agriculture/Tianjin Key Laboratory of Agro-Environment and Agro-Product SafetyTianjinPeople’s Republic of China

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