Impact of Plant Organic Matter on PAH Desorption from Petrogenic-Polluted Sediments

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie-Nichols, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Gregory W. Cope, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Christopher S. Hofelt, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.author Musella, Jennifer Suzanne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T18:03:28Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T18:03:28Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04-08 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-12142006-113455 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1367
dc.description.abstract Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) bioavailability does not correlate directly with total PAH sediment concentration because PAHs strongly sorb to organic matter. Many current toxicological models assume that PAHs present in the dissolved phase reflect actual PAH bioavailability to organisms. Plants can release significant amounts of plant organic matter (POM) to soils and sediments; however, the mechanisms by which POM may affect PAH bioavailability in sediments are unclear. The rhizosphere may increase PAH bioavailability by destabilizing soil organic matter (SOM) and enhancing PAH desorption, or the rhizosphere may alter SOM composition and provide new carbon matrices to sorb⁄sequester PAHs and reduce PAH desorption. Desorption studies were conducted to determine if vegetation decreased or increased the rate and mass amounts of desorbable PAHs. Replicate desorption studies were conducted using vegetated and non-vegetated bulk sediment and HF⁄HCl humin fractions; sediments were collected from a coastal refinery distillate waste pit (RP) and refinery-impacted sediments from a freshwater canal (IH). Desorption isotherms for four PAHs were determined by two methods, aqueous and TenaxTM bead extractions. PAHs were quantified by gas chromatography⁄mass spectrometry selected ion monitoring (GC⁄MS SIM). Results showed differences in PAH desorption based on the amount of time vegetation had been present in sediments. Vegetated sediments with 30+ years of vegetative growth (RP) desorbed more PAHs than non-vegetated sediments by TenaxTM extraction in both bulk and humin sediment fractions. Recently vegetated, IH freshwater sediments desorbed fewer PAHs than non-vegetated IH sediments by aqueous and TenaxTM extractions in bulk and humin sediment fractions. These findings suggest that initial exposure of sediment to vegetation slows PAH desorption and that extensive exposure to vegetation enhances PAH desorption from both labile and refractory SOM. en_US
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dc.subject bioavailability en_US
dc.subject Phragmites australis en_US
dc.subject desorption en_US
dc.subject PAHs en_US
dc.title Impact of Plant Organic Matter on PAH Desorption from Petrogenic-Polluted Sediments en_US
dc.degree.name MS en_US
dc.degree.level thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Natural Resources en_US


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