Moscow University Soil Science Bulletin

, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 34–38 | Cite as

Effect of Amorphous Silicon Dioxide on Cadmium Behavior in the Soil–Rice Plant System

  • Pengbo Zhang
  • Yuqiao Liu
  • E. A. Bocharnikova
  • V. V. Matichenkov
  • D. M. Khomiakov
  • E. P. Pakhnenko
Ecological Safety


The effect of amorphous silicon dioxide (SiO2) on cadmium behavior in the soil–plant system was studied in a field experiment on a flooded paddy soil slightly contaminated by cadmium. The application of amorphous SiO2 results in a 1.3- to 1.8-fold smaller cadmium accumulation in the aboveground organs of rice and a 1.8- to 2.6-fold decrease in the content of its available compounds, which can be explained by metal sorption on the surface of applied silicon dioxide and by the reaction of monosilicic acid, which forms in the SiO2 solution, with cadmium. The decrease in cadmium availability is most intensive in the first 2 weeks after SiO2 application. Amorphous silicon causes a 26.6% increase in rice productivity in the first season and 72.9% in the second. The data obtained testify to the fact that the application rates of traditional mineral fertilizers can be decreased without risk to rice productivity if silicon compounds are used. They should become an integral and important part of implementing the 4R-STRATEGY for fertilizer application and plant nutrition optimization.


cadmium in soil and plants monosilicic acid rice harvest 4R-STRATEGY for fertilizer application and plant nutrition optimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pengbo Zhang
    • 1
  • Yuqiao Liu
    • 1
  • E. A. Bocharnikova
    • 2
  • V. V. Matichenkov
    • 3
  • D. M. Khomiakov
    • 4
  • E. P. Pakhnenko
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Economic Geography of Hunan ProvinceHunanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil ScienceRussian Academy of SciencesPushchinoRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Fundamental Problems of BiologyRussian Academy of SciencesPushchinoRussia
  4. 4.Department of Soil ScienceMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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