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Effects of sulfur dioxide pollution on the translocation and accumulation of heavy metals in soybean grain

Li, P., Wang, X., Allinson, G., Li, X., Stagnitti, F., Murray, F. and Xiong, X. (2011) Effects of sulfur dioxide pollution on the translocation and accumulation of heavy metals in soybean grain. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 18 (7). pp. 1090-1097.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-011-0454-z
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Abstract

Open-top chambers were used to study the impact of simultaneous exposure to atmospheric SO(2) pollution and heavy metal contamination in soils on the metal contents and productivity of soybean plant.

Plants were exposed at ambient levels as control SO(2) (1.2 ppb), low SO(2) (97 ppb), and high SO(2) (490 ppb) over the whole growing season while simultaneously being exposed to either Cd (0.5 mg kg(-1)), Pb (250 mg kg(-1)), Cu (100 mg kg(-1)), or Zn (150 mg kg(-1)) in soil.

This experimental study covering the whole growth season has shown that SO(2) has a synergistic effect in enhancing the heavy metal contents in aboveground tissues of soybean plant, and the effects of high SO(2) treatment were found to be highly significant, showing increases of 42% and 29% for Cu and Cd content of grain, respectively.

The research findings are of practical significance in the environmental control for the combined pollution of air and soil to ensure the quality of agricultural products and therefore benefits for human health.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: © Springer-Verlag 2011
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5037
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