Preliminary investigations into the background levels of various metals and boron in the aquatic liverwort Scapania uliginosa (Sw.) Dum.

A. Samecka-Cymerman*, A. J. Kempers, P. L.E. Bodelier

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    Abstract

    Studies were made of the aquatic liverwort Scapania uliginosa (Sw.)Dum. originating from Sudeten streams in Poland and from Ardennes streams in Belgium and West Germany. These populations were exposed in various degrees to metal and boron concentrations, mainly of natural origin. It was found that S. uliginosa contains up to a maximum of (in mg kg-1 dry plant weight) 518 B, 418 Ba, 16 Cd, 180 Co, 119 Cr, 292 Cu, 11 Li, 10 700 Mn, 694 Mo, 243 Ni, 464 Pb, 955 Sr, 123 V and 2067 Zn. The highest concentrations are indicative for bryophytes growing in low to moderately contaminated environments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-352
    Number of pages8
    JournalAquatic Botany
    Volume39
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

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