Sugar Tech

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Effects of Long-Term Application of Vinasse on Physicochemical Properties, Heavy Metals Content and Microbial Diversity in Sugarcane Field Soil

  • Juan Yin
  • Chao-Bing DengEmail author
  • Xiao-Fei Wang
  • Gan-lin ChenEmail author
  • Viktor Gábor Mihucz
  • Gui-Ping Xu
  • Qu-Cheng Deng
Research Article


Vinasse is the waste liquid of molasses fermentation for alcohol production from sugarcane mills. The adequate utilization and treatment for vinasse have received increasing attention. Among the alternatives considered for the reuse of vinasse, irrigation in sugarcane fields is most common solution. However, few researchers consider the impact on the soil fertility, soil heavy metals content and soil microbial diversity by long-term application of vinasse in the fields. In order to evaluate the cumulative impact arising from the long-term application of vinasse, different treatments, viz., (1) soils not irrigated with vinasse, (2) soil irrigated with vinasse for 2 years, (3) soil irrigated with vinasse for 7 years, (4) soil irrigated with vinasse for 13 years, (5) soil irrigated with vinasse for 18 years, have been applied to sugarcane fields in Shangsi County, Guangxi, China. The pH, organic matter, total and available N, P, K, the concentration of Cu, Pb, Cr, Zn, Ni, Cd and As, as well as the diversity of microbial community of the soil samples were determined. The results showed that after long-term irrigation by vinasse, soil acidification was observed, organic matter, N and K content increased, but no significant changes in the increase in P content were observed. The potential ecological risk of Cd, Cr, Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni and As was low, indicating that accumulation of heavy metals in the soil was negligible when long-term irrigation with vinasse was practiced. The diversity of microbial community expressed as relative abundance of the predominant species in irrigated soil was slightly reduced due to influence by the physicochemical properties of soil, especially soil pH. Consequently, the proper management of vinasse irrigation and periodic monitoring of soil quality parameters are required to ensure safe and long-term irrigation.


Vinasse Soil fertility Heavy metals Microbial diversity 



This work was supported by the Project of International Scientific Exchange Program (Grant No. 7–1, 2017) from Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China; Guangxi Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 2015GXNSFEA139001), Guangxi Key Technology R&D Program (Grant No. GK-AB16380244) and Guangxi R & D Research Program Projects (Grant No. GuiKe zhuan1425001–2–1) from Guangxi science and Technology Department.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Yin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chao-Bing Deng
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Xiao-Fei Wang
    • 3
  • Gan-lin Chen
    • 7
    Email author
  • Viktor Gábor Mihucz
    • 4
    • 5
  • Gui-Ping Xu
    • 1
    • 3
  • Qu-Cheng Deng
    • 6
  1. 1.Light Industry and Food EngineeringGuangxi UniversityNanningChina
  2. 2.Department of Management Science and EngineeringGuangxi University of Finance and EconomicsNanningChina
  3. 3.Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Environmental Monitoring CenterNanningChina
  4. 4.Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry and BioanalyticsInstitute of Chemistry, ELTE - Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  5. 5.Hungarian Satellite Centre to Trace Elements Institute for UNESCOInstitute of Chemistry, ELTE - Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  6. 6.School of Earth and Environmental ScienceUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  7. 7.Guangxi Academy of Agriculture SciencesNanningChina

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