Effect of biosolid amendment on enzyme activities in earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) casts

Kızılkaya R., Hepsen S.

JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION AND SOIL SCIENCE, vol.167, no.2, pp.202-208, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 167 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/jpln.200321263
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.202-208
  • Keywords: earthworm, Lumbricus terrestris, casts, biosolid, hydrogenase, urease, phosphatase, arylsuffatase, nutritions, MICROBIAL BIOMASS, HEAVY-METALS, SOIL, PHOSPHATASE, POPULATIONS, ENRICHMENT, COPPER
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


We studied the effect of amendment of sewage sludge biosolids on enzyme activity in soil and earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) casts. Enzyme activities and contents of nutrients and organic matter of surrounding soil were compared with the corresponding properties of earthworm casts. This short time experiment was conducted at 20 +/- 0.5 degreesC in the laboratory, simulating field conditions of biosolid treatments. In general, all of doses of biosolid treatments influenced the enzyme activity and contents of nutrients and organic matter of earthworm casts and surrounding soil. Enzyme activity such as urease (UA), alkaline phosphatase (APA), and arylsulfatase (ASA) and the contents of organic matter and nutrients N and P in earthworm casts and surrounding soil increased with increasing biosolid application. Without biosolid additions, enzyme activities in cast of L. terrestris exceeded those in the soil. In contrast, when biosolid was added, DHA in casts was lower than the soil. Activities of ILIA and APA were consistently higher in L. terrestris casts than in soil of all biosolid treatments. Biosolid amendments generally increased ASA at low doses, but at higher doses, ASA decreased. In general, organic matter and contents of N and P were higher in surface casts of L. terrestris and soils than in the control soil. Activities of UA, APA, the contents of organic carbon and nutrients N and P in soil and casts showed positive correlations. On the contrary, ASA and DHA were negatively correlated with the contents of organic matter and nutrients.