Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 3 - 2020
Arsenic Soil Contamination from Poultry Farm Waste Material
Loborec Jelena, Zavrtnik Saša*, Dogančić Dragana and Herega Valentina
Geotehnički Fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Hallerova Aleja, Varaždin, Croatia
*Corresponding Author: Zavrtnik Saša, Geotehnički Fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Hallerova Aleja, Varaždin, Croatia.
Received: January 20, 2020; Published: February 14, 2020




Abstract

Agriculture has a strong environmental impact in terms of potential soil and water pollution. Poultry production is a significant branch of livestock production in the Republic of Croatia, and because of the increased need for food production, the production process is constantly intensified, which involves various manipulations in order to maximize yield. The main goal of this paper is to examine the presence of arsenic in the environment as a direct consequence of the disposal of poultry farm waste. Specifically, there has been a trend of increasing arsenic concentration in the soil, which is related to the use of roxarson, the most famous growth promoter and a pigmentation agent in the poultry industry, containing arsenic. More recently, emphasis has been placed on research for the consequences of its use. In this paper, soil arsenic content was investigated in one part of Varaždin County in the immediate vicinity of a poultry farm. Sampling locations were selected so that all tests would be performed on the same soil type and that the difference in arsenic content could be interpreted and matched to different levels of contamination from farm waste, that is, chicken manure.

Keywords: Arsenic; Roxarson; Poultry Farm; Nitrate Nitrogen; Soil

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Citation: Zavrtnik Saša., et al. “Arsenic Soil Contamination from Poultry Farm Waste Material”. EC Nutrition 5.3 (2020): 01-12.

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