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Type: Book chapter
Title: Uptake of metals from soil into vegetables
Author: McLaughlin, M.
Smolders, E.
Degryse, F.
Rietra, R.
Citation: Dealing with Contaminated Sites: From Theory Towards Practical Application, 2011 / Swartjes, F. (ed./s), pp.325-367
Publisher: Springer
Publisher Place: Netherlands
Issue Date: 2011
ISBN: 9789048197569
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Mike J. McLaughlin, Erik Smolders, Fien Degryse, and Rene Rietra
Abstract: The consumption of locally-produced vegetables by humans may be an important exposure pathway for soil contaminants in many urban settings and for agricultural land use. Hence, prediction of metal and metalloid uptake by vegetables from contaminated soils is an important part of the Human Health Risk Assessment procedure. The behaviour of metals (cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, lead and zinc) and metalloids (arsenic, boron and selenium) in contaminated soils depends to a large extent on the intrinsic charge, valence and speciation of the contaminant ion, and soil properties such as pH, redox status and contents of clay and/or organic matter. However, chemistry and behaviour of the contaminant in soil alone cannot predict soil-to-plant transfer. Root uptake, root selectivity, ion interactions, rhizosphere processes, leaf uptake from the atmosphere, and plant partitioning are important processes that ultimately govern the accumulation ofmetals and metalloids in edible vegetable tissues. Mechanistic models to accurately describe all these processes have not yet been developed, let alone validated under field conditions. Hence, to estimate risks by vegetable consumption, empirical models have been used to correlate concentrations of metals and metalloids in contaminated soils, soil physico-chemical characteristics, and concentrations of elements in vegetable tissues. These models should only be used within the bounds of their calibration, and often need to be re-calibrated or validated using local soil and environmental conditions on a regional or site-specific basis.
RMID: 0020113386
DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9757-6
Appears in Collections:Agriculture, Food and Wine publications
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