Gupta, S. and Pandotra, P. and Gupta, A.P. and Dhar, J.K. and Sharma, G. and Ram, G. and Husain, M.K. and Bedi, Y.S. (2010) Volatile (As and Hg) and non-volatile (Pb and Cd) toxic heavy metals analysis in rhizome of Zingiber officinale collected from different locations of North Western Himalayas by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 48 (10). pp. 2966-2971. ISSN 02786915

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Ginger is an important ingredient of spice and herbals. The monitoring of toxic heavy metals in the rhizome of ginger is important for protecting public health against the hazards of metal toxicity. The concentration of volatile and non-volatile metals (As, Hg, Pb and Cd), in the soil and rhizome of Zingiber officinale were analyzed using AAS. Soil analysis profile showed uniformity in the metal contents, in active root zone and subsoil, except mercury, which was present in higher quantity in one, out of the four sectors,of the field. The infield metal content in the soil in increasing order was, cadmium < arsenic < lead < mercury. In ginger rhizome the volatile toxic heavy metals arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) varied from not detected to 0.13 lg/g and 0.01 to 0.42 lg/g, respectively. The non-volatile metals lead (Pb) and cadmium(Cd) ranged from 0.06 to 0.64 lg/g and 0.002 to 0.03 lg/g, respectively. The results illustrated the findings that soil is the major but not the only source of metal accumulation in the plants. In our study, the volatile metal content (As, Hg) was found more in rhizomes collected from Himachal Pradesh while the non-volatile metals were predominant in samples from Uttarakhand.

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Subjects: Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Amit Nargotra
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2012 05:34
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