New experiment with miscanthus growing at the oil-contaminated soil at UJEP

New experiment with miscanthus growing at the oil-contaminated soil at UJEP

On July, 19 the new experiment was established at UJEP with growing miscanthus at the artificially oil-contaminated soil. The idea run from the fact that during sampling in spring 2017 one locality was found at the research site in Mimon contaminated by oil products. The source of the contamination was caused by previous release of oil-products into the soil by soviet troops while living airport in 90th. Such contaminated localities were cleaned up in 1996-2006 during implementation of projects supported by Czech Ministry of the Environment and other governmental agencies based at oxidation of oil-products inside the soil depth. However, the locality found is still remained contaminated.

The experiment has been designed in a way, that miscanthus seedling first produced at the regular agricultural soil during 2 month and further re-planted to the pots. The clean soil for the experiment was artificially contaminated by oil in the different proportions referred to the real concentration of contaminants at Mimon site. One seedling of miscanthus was planted in each pot which has 11 kg of differently contaminated soil.

The miscanthus growth will be monitored during the vegetation season and content of oil concentration will be measured.

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Dr. Trogl and Erasmus student Gosterislioglu during soil samping in Mimon
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Former military site at Mimon
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Former storage of oil-products at Mimon
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Planting of miscanthus seedling by PhD student Diana Nebeska
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Soil sampling at the research site in Mimon on April 25