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Experiment for Arsenic Accumulation into Rice Cultivated with Arsenic Enriched Irrigation Water in Bangladesh

M.A.K. Azad1,, A.H.M.F.K. Monda1, I. Hossain2, M. Moniruzzaman3

1Institute of Environmental Science, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

2Department of Geology and Mining, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

3Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

American Journal of Environmental Protection. 2013, 1(3), 54-58. DOI: 10.12691/env-1-3-2
Published online: August 25, 2017

Abstract

A green house field experiment of rice (Oryza sativa L) with arsenic amended irrigation water was conducted at Institute of Environmental Science of Rajshahi University to observe the trend of arsenic (As) accumulation into rice and soil. Sodium arsenate (Na2HAsO4) amended irrigation water (0.0, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 mg/l As) was used for cultivating a popular HYV-aman rice variety named BR-11. Arsenic accumulation of rice straw, grain and soil were investigated. A significant (p ≤ 0.01) increasing trend of arsenic accumulation in straw, grain and soil was found with increase of arsenic in irrigation water. The highest level of arsenic in straw, grain and soil was observed in the treatment of 4.0 mg/l As containing irrigation water and lowest level in control treatment. Arsenic in irrigation water showed a strong positive correlations with arsenic accumulation into soil, straw and grain, and the trend of accumulation was found as water > soil > straw > grain.

Keywords:

arsenic, water, soil, rice
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