Yield heavy metal content and milling and baking properties of soft red winter wheat triticum aestivum cultivar beau grown on soils amended with sewage sludge

Kirleis, A.W.; Sommers, L.E.; Nelson, D.W.

Cereal Chemistry 61(6): 518-522


ISSN/ISBN: 0009-0352
Accession: 006924732

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Yield, metal content, and milling and baking properties of soft red winter wheat grown on soil treated with 3 municipal sewage sludges were determined. Sewage sludge applications ranged from 56 to 448 tonnes/ha, levels in excess of those allowed by current federal regulations; the data, therefore, represent a worst-case situation. Sludge applications increased the protein content of wheat grain and flour and decreased alkaline water retention capacity of flour, but they did not affect test weight, thousand-kernel weight and particle size index. Baking studies indicate that sludge applications decreased the baking quality of flour by increasing protein content, resulting in smaller-diameter cookies. Sludge applications also increased concentrations of Zn, Cd, Mn, and Ni in wheat grain. Because the sludges applied contained CaCO3, which increased soil pH, metal levels in wheat were not directly related to sludge-borne metals added to the soil. Concentrations of Zn, Cu, Ni, Cd, Fe and Mn were typically 5- to 10-fold greater in the bran than in the flour. Metal concentrations in the flour were nearly always less than those found in whole wheat grain with, on the average, < 24% of the Zn, Cu, Ni, Cd, Fe and Mn in grain being recovered in the flour. The distribution of metals in the bran and flour was similar for wheat grown on sludge-treated and untreated soils.