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Detoxification of Heavy Metals Using Earthworms

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL,volume 30)

Abstract

The number of different earthworm species living in a certain soil environment can be three or five and occasionally more than ten. Earthworms substantially enhance physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil through their feeding, casting, and burrowing activities. The factors affecting earthworm populations and activities in soil are climate, soil characteristics, plant vegetation, and biological relationships. The influences of earthworms on soil characteristics are mainly driven by their feeding, casting, and burrowing activities. Earthworms can affect either available or total metal concentrations in soil in that they have capability to accumulate heavy metals in their tissues and hence reduce their involvement in soil food chain. During their feeding activities, earthworms can change either available or total metal concentrations in soil in that they are capable to accumulate heavy metals in their tissues. The accumulation of heavy metals by earthworms is mainly associated with the factors such as type of mineral soil, organic matter content, and metal concentrations of their living environment and it should be kept in mind that earthworm–heavy metal relationships are mostly driven by soil characteristics and their ecological category.

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  • Heavy Metal
  • Mineral Soil
  • Total Metal Concentration
  • Earthworm Species
  • Ecological Category

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Turgay, O.C., Kizilkaya, R., Karaca, A., Cetin, S.C. (2011). Detoxification of Heavy Metals Using Earthworms. In: Sherameti, I., Varma, A. (eds) Detoxification of Heavy Metals. Soil Biology, vol 30. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21408-0_21

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