Heavy metal contamination and accumulation in soil and wild plant species from industrial area of Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan Journal of Botany (Impact Factor: 0.82). 01/2010; 42(1):291-301.


This study was designed to assess total contents of 6 toxic metals viz., Pb, Cu, Zn, Co, Ni, and Cr in the soil and plant samples of 16 plant species collected from industrial zone of Islamabad, Pakistan. The concentration, transfer and accumulation of metals from soil to roots and shoots was evaluated in terms of Biological Concentration Factor (BCF), Translocation Factor (TF) and Bioaccumulation Coefficient (BAC). Total metal concentrations of Pb, Zn, Cu, Co, Ni, and Cr in soils varied between 2.0-29.0, 61.9-172.6, 8.9 to 357.4, 7.3-24.7, 41.4-59.3, and 40.2-927.2 mg/kg. Total metal concentrations pattern in roots were: Cu>Cr>Zn>Ni>Pb>Co. Grasses showed relatively higher total Zn concentration. Accumulation of Cu was highest in shoots followed by Zn, Cr, Pb, Co and Ni. None of plant species were identified as hyperaccumulator; however, based on BCFs, TFs, and BACs values, most of the studied species have potential for phytostabilization and phytoextraction. Parthenium hysterophoirus L., and Amaranthus viridis L., is suggested for phytoextraction of Pb and Ni, whereas, Partulaca oleracea L., Brachiaria reptans (L.) Gard. & Hubb., Solanum nigrum L., and Xanthium stromarium L., for phytostabilization of soils contaminated with Pb and Cu.

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    • "MeHg is primarily responsible for bioaccumulation in the muscle tissue of fish with a methyl mercury/total mercury ratio of 83–90% (Kannan et al. 1998;Marsalek et al. 2005;Kruzikova et al. 2008). Lead is known to be carcinogenic to both aquatic biota and humans (Malik et al. 2010), induce renal tumors, reduce cognitive development, and increase blood pressure. Other symptoms of lead toxicity include gastrointestinal disorders and some liver impairment (Gupta et al. 2009). "

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    • "Mean and standard deviation were analyzed in Microsoft Excel.) was slightly to moderately basic. Higher pH values in soil result in greater retention and lower trace metal solubility (Muwanga 1997;Malik et al. 2010;Sekabira et al. 2011) and mobility due to hydroxides precipitation , carbonates or insoluble organic complexes formation (Smith et al. 1996) which may limit trace metal uptake and translocation into shoots. It is well known that metal solubility can be modified by plants, notably through releasing exudates from their root compounds and modifying soil microbial activity (Remon et al. 2005).The correlation analysis is a bivariate method which is applied to describe the relation between two different metals. "
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