Determination of phytoextraction potential of plant species for toxic elements in soils of abandoned sulphide-mining areas

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This study has determined contamination levels in soils and plants from the So Domingos mining area, Portugal, by k (0)-INAA. Total concentrations of As, Sb, Cr, Hg, Cu, Zn and Fe in soils were very high, exceeding the maximum limits in Portuguese legislation. Concentrations of toxic elements like As, Sb and Zn were highest in roots of Erica andevalensis, Juncus acutus, Agrostis castellana and Nicotiana glauca. Additionally, As, Br, Cr, Fe, Sb and Zn in all organs of most plants were above toxicity levels. Those species that accumulated relatively high concentrations of toxic elements in roots (and tops) may be cultivated for phytostabilisation of similar areas.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)21-27
JournalJournal Of Radioanalytical And Nuclear Chemistry
Issue numberNA
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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