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Nickel and manganese accumulation and distribution in organs of nine crops

Małgorzata Poniedziałek, Agnieszka Sękara, Jarosław Ciura, Elżbieta Jędrszczyk

Department of Vegetable Crops
Agricultural University in Kraków
29 Listopada 54, 31-425 Kraków, Poland
e-mail: mponiedzialek@bratek.ogr.ar.krakow.pl

Field experiments were carried out from 1999 to 2001 with nine crops (red beet, field pumpkin, chicory, common bean, barley, white cabbage, maize, alfalfa, common parsnip) to determine the nickel and manganese accumulation and distribution in the plants’ organs. Based on the obtained results species suited for phytoremediation were selected. Within the red beet, field pumpkin, chicory, common bean and parsnip the maximum levels of nickel and manganese were found in the leaves. Within the barley and maize the highest amounts of investigated metals were found in the roots. The red beet, chicory, and common parsnip were characterized by the highest nickel concentration ratios (shoots/roots). The red beet and common parsnip were characterized by the highest manganese concentration ratios (shoots/roots).

Poniedziałek M., Sękara A., Ciura J., Jędrszczyk E., 2005. Nickel and manganese accumulation and distribution in organs of nine crops. Folia Horticulturae 17/1: 11-22.