CHEMISTRY AND ECOLOGY, vol.34, no.8, pp.713-726, 2018 (SCI-Expanded)
In the last few decades, metal oxide nanoparticles have shown impact in various areas, and such an impact causes an increased release in a different environment like soil, water, or air. A limited number of studies on soils showed that the biochemical parameters were affected by the metal oxide nanoparticles. However, the influence of metal oxide nanoparticles on soil elements has not been investigated. For this aim, zinc oxide nanoparticles were applied to two different soils; also, the effect of planting on soil elements was investigated via the cultivation of various plants roots (taproots, fibrous, bulb). Soils were treated with zinc oxide nanoparticles at 0, 1.0 and 20.0mg during 4 weeks. Then, surface soil samples were collected and digested using an acid digestion procedure. Some biochemically important elements (Ca, Zn, Mg, Fe, Al, Cu, Co, Ni) were determined using a microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer. The effect of time and dose-dependent zinc oxide nanoparticles on the element contents of different soils was investigated during planting, and the results were statistically evaluated.