, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 539–540

Occurrence of heavy metal binding phytochelatins in plants growing in a mining refuse area


  • E. Grill
    • Lehrstuhl für Pharmazeutische BiologieUniversität München
  • E. -L. Winnacker
    • Genzentrum der Universität München
  • M. H. Zenk
    • Lehrstuhl für Pharmazeutische BiologieUniversität München
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01958944

Cite this article as:
Grill, E., Winnacker, E.-. & Zenk, M.H. Experientia (1988) 44: 539. doi:10.1007/BF01958944


Phytochelatins were identified in roots of heavy metal-sensitiveAcer pseudoplatanus and-resistantSilene cucubalus plants grown in zinc-rich soil of a mine dump. Both plants, when collected from a metal-uncontaminated stand, located nearby, revealed no phytochelatins. Thus, we concluded that metal-binding phytochelatins are specifically induced in plants of heavy metal enriched ecosystems.

Key words

Phytochelatinheavy metaldetoxification

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