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Accumulation and Translocation of Nickel and Cobalt in Nutritionally important Indian vegetables grown in artificially contaminated soil of Mumbai, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Environmental Studies, SIWS College, Wadala, Mumbai, MS, INDIA
  • 2Environmental Assessment Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay, Mumbai, MS, INDIA
  • 3Environmental Assessment Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Trombay, Mumbai, MS, INDIA
  • 4Board of College and University Development, University of Pune, Pune, MS, INDIA

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 1, Issue (10), Pages 15-21, November,8 (2013)


The present investigation deals with assessment of translocation and accumulation of the two heavy metals nickel and cobalt from artificially contaminated soil to nutritionally significant Indian vegetables. The concentration was determined in different plant parts and subsequently the transfer factor and translocation factor were determined. The study presented that metal concentrations in plant tissues and soil were in association with each other. Thus at higher metal concentration in soil, the metal concentration may exceed permissible levels causing toxicity in plants as well as its successive components of food chain. None of the three species were detected to be hyperaccumulators. Maximum metal concentration was detected in root followed by stem and then in leaf. This it can be stated that leaves which are of dietary importance absorb relatively lower levels of metal than roots.


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