Sustainability of agricultural and wild cereals to aerotechnogenic exposure

  • Victor Chaplygin
  • Saglara MandzhievaEmail author
  • Tatiana Minkina
  • Svetlana Sushkova
  • Ridvan Kizilkaya
  • Coşkun Gülser
  • Inna Zamulina
  • Natalia Kravtsova
  • Ilia Lobzenko
  • Natalia Chernikova
Original Paper


In recent decades, the problem of the constantly increasin level of anthropogenic load on the environment is becoming more and more acute. Some of the most dangerous pollutants entering the environment from industrial emissions are heavy metals. These pollutants are not susceptible to biodegradation over time, which leads to their accumulation in the environment in dangerous concentrations. The purpose of this work is to study the sustainability of cultivated and wild plants of the Poaceae family to aerotechnogenic pollution in the soil. The content of heavy metals in couch grass (Elytrigia repens (L.) Nevski), meadow bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) and soft wheat (Triticum aestivum) plants grown in the impact zone of Novocherkassk Power Station has been analyzed. Contamination of cultivated and wild cereals with Pb, Zn, Ni and Cd has been established. It has been shown that the accumulation of heavy metals is individual for each plant species. An average and close correlation have been established between the total HM content and the content of their mobile forms in the soil and their content in plants. For the plants studied, the translocation factor (TF) and the distribution coefficient (DC) of HM have been calculated. The TF is formed by the ratio of the concentration of an element in the root plant dry weight to the content of its mobile compounds in the soil. The DC value makes it possible to estimate the capacity of the aboveground parts of plants to absorb and accumulate elements under soil pollution conditions and is determined as the ratio of the metal content in the aboveground biomass to its concentration in the roots. TF and DC values have shown a significant accumulation of elements by plants from the soil, as well as their translocation from the root system to the aboveground part. It has been revealed that even within the same Poaceae family, cultural species are more sensitive to man-made pollution than wild-growing ones.


Heavy metals Soil Plant sustainability Cultivated and wild plants Pollution Monitoring Electrical power station 



This work was supported by the President of the Russian Federation (Grant Nos. MK-2818.2019.5 and MK-2973.2019.4) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant No. 19–29-05265_mk).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Chaplygin
    • 1
  • Saglara Mandzhieva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tatiana Minkina
    • 1
  • Svetlana Sushkova
    • 1
  • Ridvan Kizilkaya
    • 2
  • Coşkun Gülser
    • 2
  • Inna Zamulina
    • 1
  • Natalia Kravtsova
    • 1
  • Ilia Lobzenko
    • 1
  • Natalia Chernikova
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Federal UniversityRostov-on-DonRussia
  2. 2.Ondokuz Mayıs UniversitySamsunTurkey

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