Influence of landfill factors on plants and soil fauna: An ecological perspective

Y. S. G. CHAN, L. M. CHU, Ming Hung WONG

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Abstract

An ecological study was conducted on two landfill sites in Hong Kong. Both sites were contaminated by landfill gas and leachate, as indicated by the high concentrations of CH4 and CO2 and the presence of high concentration of NH4-N in the cover soil layer. Their plant diversity and performance, as well as the soil and litter animals, were compared with three derelict sites as references. The landfill sites had higher plant coverage and plant diversity, and higher densities of soil and litter animals than the reference sites. Similarly, the microbial activities at the landfill sites were higher than those at reference sites. The results showed that the landfill sites possessed an effective food web, starting from microbes to macroinvertebrates. Woodland establishment seems feasible at these landfill sites, and natural succession appears to take place at a higher rate at these landfill sites when compared with the reference sites. Copyright © 1997 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume97
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Citation

Chan, Y. S. G., Chu, L. M., & Wong, M. H. (1997). Influence of landfill factors on plants and soil fauna: An ecological perspective. Environmental Pollution, 97(1-2), 39-44. doi: 10.1016/S0269-7491(97)00082-1

Keywords

  • Landfill gas
  • Landfill leachate
  • Soil arthropods
  • Litter animals
  • Soil microbial activity

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