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HEAVY METAL CONTENTS OF BARLEY (HORDEUM SP.) PLANTS AT AREAS AROUND THE CITY

AUTHOR/S: N. AKGUN, A. TOPAL, A. KAHRAMAN
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2010

10th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2010, www.sgem.org, SGEM2010 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 20-26, 2010, Vol. 2, 605-610 pp

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to analyze concentrations of heavy metals in plants and soils
of barley fields which were growing around of Konya city (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
The samples of plants and soils were collected from different areas of two directions
(North and South) and two distances (0 and 50 km) of the city. The samples of plants
were analyzed for heavy metals (Pb, Zn, Cu, Cr, Ni) measured by ICP-OES. The
samples of soils were also analyzed for basic chemical properties (pH, humus and
carbonate contents). The results revealed a large variability within the nearness and
direction of the city for heavy metal contents of both plant and soil samples. Generally,
higher amounts of heavy metals in samples taken near (0 km) the city were observed.

Keywords: heavy metals, barley, city