Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 589–592

Steady presence of cadmium and nickel affects root anatomy, accumulation and distribution of essential ions in maize seedlings

  • I. Maksimović
  • R. Kastori
  • L. Krstić
  • J. Luković
Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10535-007-0129-2

Cite this article as:
Maksimović, I., Kastori, R., Krstić, L. et al. Biol Plant (2007) 51: 589. doi:10.1007/s10535-007-0129-2

Abstract

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.

Additional key words

continuous heavy metal intoxicationmineral nutritionZea mays

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© Institute of Experimental Botany, ASCR 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Maksimović
    • 1
  • R. Kastori
    • 1
  • L. Krstić
    • 3
  • J. Luković
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia
  2. 2.Institute of Field and Vegetable CropsNovi SadSerbia
  3. 3.Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology and EcologyUniversity of Novi SadNovi SadSerbia