Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 409–419, 2022
SOIL, 8, 409–419, 2022
Original research article
31 May 2022
Original research article | 31 May 2022

The application of biochar and oyster shell reduced cadmium uptake by crops and modified soil fertility and enzyme activities in contaminated soil

Bin Wu et al.

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Cadmium (Cd) contamination in soil has severely threatened human health. In this study, we investigated the possibility of applying oyster shell and biochar to reduce Cd uptake by crops and improve soil fertility and enzyme activities in field experiments under rice–oilseed rape rotation, which provided an economical and effective pathway to achieving an in situ remediation of the Cd-contaminated farmland.