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Sewage sludge production in Europe will continue to rise as a result of higher environmental standards, making disposal increasingly difficult in the future. A considerable part of this sludge is spread beneficially on agricultural land as an organic fertiliser, but this outlet is very sensitive to the problems associated with the inorganic and organic contaminants which sludge inevitably contains. Much research has been devoted in recent years to the problems of contaminants in sludge and their potential effects on soil, plants, animals and man. This book contains 19 papers presented to a joint meeting of Working Party 4 (Agricultural Value) and Working Party 5 (Environmental Impact) of COST 681, held at the German Federal Research Centre of Agriculture (FAL), Braunschweig on 6-8 June 1990. The meeting addressed two areas of current concern: the occurrence, behaviour and transfer of sludge-derived organic contaminants, and the influence of inorganic and organic contaminants on soil micro-organisms and their activities.

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Authors: HALL J E, WRC-Medmenham, Marlow (GB);SAUERBECK D R, FAL, Braunschweig (DE);L'HERMITE P (EDITORS), CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14236 EN (1992) 224 pp., FS, ECU 22.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3878-2
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