Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 19–24 | Cite as

Baseline zinc content of soils and plants in Poland

  • A. Kabata-Pendias
  • B. Galczynska
  • S. Dudka


Topsoils from Poland were analysed for total and extractable zinc, and for a range of major elements and selected soil properties. Plant samples from the same locations were also analysed for zinc content. The geometric mean concentrations of zinc in samples were (mg/kg dry weight): soil total-Zn, 45.9; soil extractable-Zn 3.1; grass, 30.0; dandelion-tops, 45.9; dandelion-roots, 23.2; oat-leaves, 20.0; oat-grains, 29.7; lichens, 111.5. Significant relationships were found for zinc in grass and extractable-Zn in soils as well as for zinc in lichens and both total and extractable Zn in soils. Zinc in soils varied for soil kinds and regions.


Zinc Geochemistry Significant Relationship Soil Property Major Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Kabata-Pendias
    • 1
  • B. Galczynska
    • 1
  • S. Dudka
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Soil Science and Cultivation of PlantsPuχawyPoland

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