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Arsenic in Soil-Plant System

Studies on phyto-availability of arsenic  (arsenite ed arsenate) in soil, its uptake by edible plants grown on naturally As-contaminted soils or irrigated with As-contaminated waters, affected by either arbuscular mycorrhyzal fungi, phosphorus or compost supply.

Activity start 2008
Publications - A.G. Caporale, M. Pigna, A. Sommella, J.J. Dynes, V. Cozzolino, A. Violante (2013). Influence of compost on the mobility of arsenic in soil and its uptake by bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) irrigated with arsenite-contaminated water. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, vol.128, p. 837-843, ISSN: 0301-4797, doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.06.041 (Q1)
- A. Sommella, C. Deacon, G. Norton, M. Pigna, A. Violante, A.A. Meharg (2013). Total arsenic, inorganic arsenic, and other elements concentrations in Italian rice grain varies with origin and type. ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, vol. 181, p. 38-43, ISSN: 0269-7491, doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.05.045 (Q1)
- M. Pigna, A.G. Caporale, V. Cozzolino, C.F. Lopez, M.L. Mora, A. Sommella, A. Violante (2012). Influence of phosphorus on the arsenic uptake by tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) irrigated with arsenic solutions at four different concentrations. JOURNAL SOIL SCIENCE & PLANT NUTRITION, vol. 12(4), p. 771-780, ISSN: 0718-9516 (Q4)                                                                                                                         - V. Cozzolino, M. Pigna, V. Di Meo, A.G. Caporale, A. Violante (2010). Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculation and phosphorus supply on the growth of Lactuca sativa L. and arsenic and phosphorus availability in an arsenic polluted soil under non-sterile conditions. APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY, vol. 45, p. 262-268, ISSN: 0929-1393, doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2010.05.001 (Q2)
- M. Pigna, V. Cozzolino, A.G. Caporale, M.L. Mora, V. Di Meo, A.A. Jara, A. Violante (2010). Effect of phosphorus fertilization on arsenic uptake by wheat grown in polluted soils. JOURNAL SOIL SCIENCE & PLANT NUTRITION, vol.10(4), p. 428- 442, ISSN: 0718-9516 (Q4)
- V. Cozzolino, M. Pigna, V. Di Meo A.G. Caporale, A. Violante, A.A. Meharg (2010). Influence of phosphate addition on the arsenic uptake by wheat (Triticum durum) grown in arsenic polluted soils. FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol. 19(5), p. 838-845, ISSN: 1018-4619 (Q4)
- M. Pigna, V. Cozzolino, A. Violante, A.A. Meharg (2009). Influence of phosphate on the arsenic uptake by Wheat (Triticum durum L.) irrigated with arsenic contaminated water at three different concentrations. WATER AIR & SOIL POLLUTION, vol. 197, p. 371-380, ISSN: 0049-6979, doi: 10.1007/s11270-008-9818-5 (Q3)
Permanent staff Massimo Pigna (AGR/13) 
Temporary or external staff Dr. Antonio Giandonato Caporale (post-doc) UNINA, Alessia Sommella (PhD student) UNINA, Shah Md. Golam Gousul Azam (PhD student) UNINA
Collaborations  
SSD  
Projects - Responsible of unit B of Naples, PRIN  entitled "Healthiness of agro-systems: chemical, biochemical and biological processes regulating the mobility of As in the soil-water-plant systems", number code 2010JBNL17_005, (MIUR, 72.000 €, 2010-2011)
- Member of unit B of Naples "Factors affecting adsorption/desorption processes and arsenic phytoavailability in polluted environments" of PRIN entitled "Mobility, toxicity and bioavailability of arsenic in soil-plant system", number code 20082FC352_001 (MIUR, 36.011 €, 2008)
- Member of unit B of Naples "Speciation, mobility and phytoavailability of heavy metals and metalloids in soil-plant system" of PRIN entitled "Transformation, mobility and phytoavailability of heavy metals and metalloids in soil-plant system ", number code 2006073324_001 (MIUR, 33.700 €, 2006)
- Member of unit B of Naples "Factors affecting the mobility and availability of toxicants in soil-plant system" of PRIN entitled "Biotic and abiotic processes affecting the mobility and availability of toxicants in soil-plant system", number code 2004078795_001 (MIUR, 22.000 €, 2004)
Recognitions and awards  
Scientific events XXXI Convegno Annuale SICA, organized by Dipartimento di Agraria, Università di Napoli Federico II, held in Napoli on 16-17 September 2013.
Technology and know-how transfers  
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