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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2004

Effects of soil type, irrigation volume and plant species on treatment of log yard run-off in lysimeters

Jonsson M, Dimitriou I, Aronsson P, Elowson T


Wet storage of timber and pulpwood produces large quantities of run-off water. A study was conducted to determine the purification efficiency of soil-plant systems for log yard run-off. Sixteen 1200-1 lysimeters (1.2 m deep soil columns) with clay or sand soil were planted with willow (Salix sp.) or alder (Alnus glutinosa), and irrigated with run-off from a Norway spruce (Picea abies) log yard. Drainage water was analysed for total organic carbon (TOC), phenols, total P and total N in order to determine concentrations and levels of retention. High retention of TOC, phenols and P occurred in the lysimeters, but no clear differences between willows and alder or clay and sand were identified. Lysimeters with high levels of irrigation showed greater retention than those with low levels. Soil-plant systems using willow and alder could provide an alternative for log yard run-off purification: the key requirement is to optimise irrigation rather than manipulate the plants or soils. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

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Water Research
2004, Volume: 38, number: 16, pages: 3634-3642

      SLU Authors

      • Elowson, Torbjörn

        • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
        • Jonsson, Maria

          • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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          Forest Science

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