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

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, 611-616 pp

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to analyze concentrations of heavy metals in plants and soils
of barley fields standing along main roads of Konya city (Central Anatolia, Turkey).
The samples of plants and soils were collected from different areas of two distances (0
and 1 km) of main roads and 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 main roads for heavy metal contents of both plant and soil
samples. Generally, higher amounts of heavy metals in samples taken near (0 km) the
main roads were observed.

Keywords: heavy metals, barley, main roads