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    Effect of hydrocarbon concentration of pasture production (Brachiaria humidicola) in Texistepec, Veracruz

    Adams RH, AL Álvarez-Ovando, G Castañón N

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.84, No.1, pp. 222-232, 2015, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2015.84.222

    Abstract In this study, the relationship between the concentration of extra-heavy crude petroleum in a clayey material and the toxicity, field capacity, temperature, and growth of a tropical forage grass (Brachiara humidicola) was determined empirically. For this type of petroleum the acute toxicity (Microtox®) was slight (CE50 = 63200 - 76400 mg/kg) even at high hydrocarbon concentrations (29279 mg/kg). Nonetheless, serious impacts were encountered in terms of an increase in soil temperature (+ 1.3 °C), reduction in field capacity (-10.7%) and reduction in aerial biomass (-97%). The relationship between hydrocarbon concentration and biomass resulted in a typical dose-response More >

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