Title: The influence of nitrilotriacetate on heavy metal uptake of lettuce and ryegrass
Authors : Kulli Honauer, Beatrice
Balmer, Marianne
Krebs, Rolf
Lothenbach, Barbara
Geiger, Gabriella
Schulin, Rainer
Published in : Journal of Environmental Quality
Volume(Issue) : 28
Issue : 6
Pages : 1699
Pages to: 1705
Publisher / Ed. Institution : American Society of Agronomy
Issue Date: Nov-1999
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Chelating-agents; Plant uptake; Contaminated soils; Phytoremediation; Adsorption; Toxicity
Subject (DDC) : 363: Environmental and security problems
577: Ecology
Abstract: Metal uptake and removal from the soil by plants may be a useful measure to remediate contaminated soils. These processes can be enhanced by adding metal chelators to soil. We investigated the effect of nitrilotriacetate (NTA) and urea on the uptake of Cd, Cn, and Zn by lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. cv. Orion) and Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne L. cv. Bastion) in pot experiments. Nitric acid-extractable heavy metal concentrations in the contaminated soil were 2 mg Cd, 530 mg Cu, and 700 mg Zn kg(-1). Three NTA treatments (0.5, 1.8, and 5.3 mol m(-2)) were compared with two urea treatments (0.25 and 0.9 mol m(-2)), and a control. Nitrilotriacetate and urea increased the NaNO(3)-extraftable soil concentrations of the three metals. At the highest NTA dose, metal concentrations in the aboveground plant biomass was 4 to 24 times greater than in the control plants. While NTA increased plant metal concentrations, it reduced plant matter production. At lower doses, this effect was small. At the highest NTA dose, plant growth was almost completely inhibited. Severe visual symptoms indicated metal toxicity as the likely cause. The urea treatments generally increased the plant matter production. Total metal uptake was in general larger at the lowest or at the intermediate NTA dose than at the highest doses. Little additional total metal uptake was achieved with NTA treatments than with urea. Compared with the controls, neither NTA nor urea enhanced total uptake under the given conditons by more than threefold.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.2134/jeq1999.00472425002800060002x
ISSN: 1537-2537
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/11754
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