Pedosphere 18(1): 34--44, 2008
ISSN 1002-0160/CN 32-1315/P
©2008 Soil Science Society of China
Published by Elsevier B.V. and Science Press
Influence of sediment dredging on chemical forms and release of phosphorus
ZHONG Ji-Cheng1,2, YOU Ben-Sheng1,2, FAN Cheng-Xin1, LI Bao1,2, ZHANG Lu1 and DING Shi-Ming1
1 State Key Laboratory of Lake Science and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnoloyy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008 (China). E-mail:
2 Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China)
      A laboratory experiment was carried out through a six-month incubation of undredged (control) and dredged cores to study the effect of sediment dredging on phosphorus (P) release from the sediment in the Taihu Lake. During the experiment, dredging the upper 30 cm layer could efficiently reduce the interstitial PO43--P concentration and different P forms in the sediment. The P fluxes of the undredged and dredged cores ranged from -5.1 to 3047.6 and -60.7 to 14.4μg m-2 d-1, respectively. The fluxes of the dredged cores were generally lower than those of the control. Differences in the fluxes between the dredged and undredged cores were statistically significant (P < 0.05) from March to June 2006. The sediment P in the dredged cores had a lower release potential than that in the control. Dredging can be considered as a useful measure for rehabilitating the aquatic ecosystem after the external P loading in the Taihu Lake catchment was efficiently reduced.
Key Words:  phosphorus forms, phosphorous release, sediment dredging, Taihu Lake
Citation: Zhong, J. C., You, B. S., Fan, C. X., Li, B., Zhang, L. and Ding, S. M. 2008. Influence of sediment dredging on chemical forms and release of phosphorus. Pedosphere. 18(1): 34-44.
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