Steady presence of cadmium and nickel affects root anatomy, accumulation and distribution of essential ions in maize seedlings
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- Maksimović, I., Kastori, R., Krstić, L. et al. Biol Plant (2007) 51: 589. doi:10.1007/s10535-007-0129-2
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When growing in the field, plants are exposed to the effect of heavy metals as soon as the seed comes into contact with the soil solution. Therefore, we found important to study the effect of Cd and Ni on maize exposed to these heavy metals since sowing. The aim of this work was to examine which anatomical changes are induced by continuous intoxication of young maize root system with 0.1 mM Cd and Ni, thus modifying its growth and capacity for water and nutrient uptake. Concomitantly, the effect on concentration and distribution of Cd, Ni and some essential ions (Ca, Mg, Zn, Fe, Cu and Mn) was studied.