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Organic Acid Enhanced Soil Risk Element (Cd, Pb and Zn) Leaching and Secondary Bioconcentration in Water Lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes L.) in the Rhizofiltration Process

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The use of natural chelates to enhance risk element mobility combined with rhizofiltration by free floating macrophytes have not been thoroughly studied in recent years. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of organic acids in soil by conducting flushing experiments to enhance the mobility of Cd, Pb, and Zn from soil to solution. In addition, the bioaccumulation of Cd, Pb, and Zn, in water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes L.) will be studied as they affect the biomass in the rhizofiltration process. The results revealed that citric and tartaric acids mobilised the highest amount of all risk elements. In comparison to control, citric acid mobilised 71%, 181%, and 112% of Cd, Pb, and Zn while tartaric acid mobilised 70%, 155%, and 135% of Cd, Pb, and Zn respectively. The bioconcentration factor was approximately 2–5 times higher for juvenile plants than mature plants for all treatments as well as for both parts (leaves and roots). The risk element translocation into aerial parts decreased with increased time. Juvenile and mature plants proved a high accumulation potential and a 3 week growth period was observed as a sufficient time period to remove more than 80% of Cd, Pb, and Zn.
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Keywords: Pistia Stratiotes; bioaccumulation; flushing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Agroenvironmental Chemistry and Plant Nutrition,Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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