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  1. Vol. 37 No. 4, p. 1617-1625
     
    Received: June 21, 2007
    Published: July, 2008


    * Corresponding author(s): s.hunger@earth.leeds.ac.uk
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doi:10.2134/jeq2007.0331

Evidence for Struvite in Poultry Litter: Effect of Storage and Drying

  1. Stefan Hunger *a,
  2. J. Thomas Simsb and
  3. Donald L. Sparksb
  1. a Dep. of Earth and Environment, Univ. of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
    b Dep. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Univ. of Delaware, 152 Townsend Hall, Newark, DE 19711

Abstract

The use of spectroscopic techniques (especially phosphorus-31 nuclear magnetic resonance [31P-NMR] and X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy) has recently advanced the analysis of the speciation of P in poultry litter (PL) and greatly enhanced our understanding of changes in P pools in PL that receive alum (aluminum sulfate) to reduce water-soluble P and control ammonia emissions from poultry houses. Questions remain concerning changes of P species during long-term storage, drying, or after application of PL to cropland or for other uses, such as turfgrass. In this study, we investigated a set of six PL samples (of which three were alum-amended and three were unamended) that had been characterized previously. The P speciation was analyzed using solid-state 31P-NMR spectroscopy, and the mineralogy was analyzed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) after storing the samples moist and dried for up to 5 yr under controlled conditions. The magnesium ammonium phosphate mineral struvite was identified in all but one PL samples. Struvite concentrations were generally lower in dried samples (≤14%) than in samples stored moist (23 and 26%). The moist samples also had higher concentrations of phosphate bound to aluminum hydroxides. Solid-state NMR spectroscopy was in general more sensitive than XRD in detecting and quantifying P species. Although phosphate associated with calcium and aluminum made up a large proportion of P species, they were not detected by XRD.

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