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Trace element uptake by herbaceous plants from the soils at a multiple trace element-contaminated site

Nworie, Obinna Elijah, Qin, Junhao and Lin, Chuxia 2019, Trace element uptake by herbaceous plants from the soils at a multiple trace element-contaminated site, Toxics, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/toxics7010003.

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Title Trace element uptake by herbaceous plants from the soils at a multiple trace element-contaminated site
Author(s) Nworie, Obinna Elijah
Qin, Junhao
Lin, ChuxiaORCID iD for Lin, Chuxia orcid.org/0000-0002-2273-0560
Journal name Toxics
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Article ID 3
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-03
ISSN 2305-6304
Keyword(s) plant uptake
trace element
contaminated site
environmental risk
soil
Summary The uptake of trace elements by wild herbaceous plants in a multiple trace element-contaminated site was investigated. The bioaccumulation factor (BF) of trace elements was markedly variable among the different plant species. On average, the BF for various trace elements was in the following decreasing order: Zn>Cu > Mn > Ni > As > Pb > Cr. The translocation factor among the investigated plant species was also considerably variable and showed the following decreasing order: Mn > Zn > Ni > Cu > Cr > As > Pb. Several hyperaccumulating plants were identified: Artemisia vulgaris for As, Mn and Zn, Phalaris arundinacea for Mn and Ni, Heracleum sphondylium for Cr and Zn, and Bistorta officinalis for Mn and Zn. The marked accumulation of trace elements in the plant tissue suggests that the site may not be suitable for urban agricultural production. The plant tissue-borne trace elements could affect microbial activities and consequently interfere with the ecosystem functioning in the affected areas.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/toxics7010003
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HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30140714

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