Study Reveals Soil Effects of PFAS

A study led by Freie Universität Berlin showed that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) impact microbially-driven processes in soil, including soil respiration, litter decomposition, and soil structure, as well as soil pH, reports Higher Education Press. This research found that PFAS significantly increased litter decomposition and significantly increased soil pH. PFAS also reduced soil respiration, as well as reducing microbial population and soil water-stable aggregates.