Identification of Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr. as an Efficient and Well Adapted Phytoremediation Tool for Cd Polluted Soils

  • Mayank Varun
  • Clement O. Ogunkunle
  • Rohan D’Souza
  • Paulo Favas
  • Manoj Paul


A pot experiment was carried out to assess Cd uptake and accumulation efficiency of Sesbania sesban. Plants were grown in soil spiked with 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300 mg/kg Cd. After 120 days, plants were harvested and analyzed for Cd content. A steady increase in Cd accumulation with increasing metal concentration in soil was observed for all treatments. Accumulation of Cd was greatest in roots (86.7 ± 6.3 mg/kg), followed by stem (18.59 ± 1.9 mg/kg), and leaf (3.16 ± 1.1 mg/kg). Chlorophyll content declined with increasing Cd concentration, while proline and protein content increased as compared to control. At higher Cd levels, root, shoot length, and biomass were all significantly reduced (p ≤ 0.001). An increase in total protein along with greater A250/A280 value suggested an increase in metal-protein complexes. Considering the rapid growth, high biomass, accumulation efficiency, and adaptive properties, this plant could be used as a valuable tool for the phytoremediation of Cd contaminated soils.


Toxicity Soil contamination Metal Phytoextraction 



We gratefully acknowledge the University Grants Commission for providing financial support by sanctioning the Post Doctoral Fellowship No. F./PDFSS-2014-15-SC-UTT-8854 to Mayank Varun. The support of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, through the strategic project UID/MAR/04292/2013 granted to MARE is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanySt. John’s CollegeAgraIndia
  2. 2.Environmental Biology Unit, Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of IlorinIlorinNigeria
  3. 3.School of Life Sciences and the EnvironmentUniversity of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  4. 4.Faculty of Sciences and Technology, MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences CentreUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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