Title: Impact of fly-ash-amended soil on growth and yield of crop plants

Authors: Deepa Katiyar; Anoop Singh; Piyush Malaviya; Deepak Pant; Pratibha Singh; Gerard Abraham; Sanjeev Kumar Singh

Addresses: Sikkim Manipal University Extension Centre South of Saket, Maidangarhi Marg, New Delhi 110 030, India ' Environmental Research Institute (ERI), University College Cork, Ireland ' Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, Jammu 180 004, India ' Separation and Conversion Technology, VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Boeretang 200, Mol 2400, Belgium ' Department of Chemistry, JSS Academy of Technical Education, C21/1, Sector-62, Noida 201 309 India ' Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Blue Green Algae, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110 012, India ' Department of Environmental Management, Institute of Technology and Science, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad 201 007, India

Abstract: Fly Ash (FA), a waste product of thermal power stations, has great potential for use in agriculture, because it contains almost all macro as well as micronutrients. In view of the potential disposal problem of FA, this investigation was carried out to search an economical and eco-friendly solution of its disposal by using it as nutrient source in agriculture for growth of crop plants. FA application increased the number of leaves, plant height, biomass and yield of three crop plants (palak, mung bean and chilli) and recorded maximum in F25 treatment (25% FA-amended soil). Application of more than 25% results in decline in growth and yields of plants.

Keywords: fly ash; amendment; plant growth; crop yield; agricultural crops; waste management; thermal power stations; nutrients; palak; mung beans; chilli; agriculture; soil improvement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2012.048362

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2012 Vol.10 No.2/3, pp.150 - 162

Published online: 13 Dec 2014 *

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