Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 231–240

Effects of selected trace metals on germinating seeds of six plant species

  • Claire L. Carlson
  • Domy C. Adriano
  • Kenneth S. Sajwan
  • Steven L. Abels
  • David P. Thoma
  • Joseph T. Driver
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00211832

Cite this article as:
Carlson, C.L., Adriano, D.C., Sajwan, K.S. et al. Water Air Soil Pollut (1991) 59: 231. doi:10.1007/BF00211832

Abstract

Seeds of cabbage, lettuce, millet, radish, turnip, and wheat were treated with solutions containing Be, Ni, Tl, or V, and subsequent effects on seed germination and radicle elongation were measured after three days. Treatment with low concentrations of Be, Ni, or V stimulated root elongation in most species. Higher concentrations of these elements and all treatment with Tl caused reductions in root elongation. In general, turnip and lettuce were the most sensitive of the plants studied to the metals tested, while wheat and millet were the least sensitive.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire L. Carlson
    • 1
  • Domy C. Adriano
    • 1
  • Kenneth S. Sajwan
    • 1
  • Steven L. Abels
    • 1
  • David P. Thoma
    • 1
  • Joseph T. Driver
    • 1
  1. 1.Biogeochemistry DivisionSavannah River Ecology Laboratory, Drawer EAikenU.S.A.
  2. 2.Research Services OfficeBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green