, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 539–540

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

  • E. Grill
  • E. -L. Winnacker
  • M. H. Zenk
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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

Phytochelatin heavy metal detoxification 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Grill
    • 1
  • E. -L. Winnacker
    • 2
  • M. H. Zenk
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Pharmazeutische BiologieUniversität MünchenMünchen 2Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Genzentrum der Universität MünchenMartinsriedFederal Republic of Germany

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