Plant and Soil

, Volume 351, Issue 1–2, pp 377–387 | Cite as

Distribution and variability of silicon, copper and zinc in different bamboo species

  • Blanche Collin
  • Emmanuel Doelsch
  • Catherine Keller
  • Frédéric Panfili
  • Jean-Dominique Meunier
Regular Article



With a high growth rate and biomass production, bamboos are frequently used for industrial applications and recently have proven to be useful for wastewater treatment. Bamboos are considered as Si accumulators and there is increasing evidence that silicon may alleviate abiotic stresses such as metal toxicity. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of metal concentrations and possible correlations with Si concentrations in plants.


This study presents, for the first time, reference values for silicon (Si), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in stems and leaves of various bamboo species grown under the natural pedo-climatic conditions of the island of Réunion (Indian Ocean).


A broad range of silicon concentrations, from 0 (inferior to detection limit) to 183 mg g−1 dry matter (DM), were found in stems and leaves. Mean leaf Cu and Zn concentrations were low, i.e. 5.1 mg kg−1 DM and 15.7 mg kg−1 DM, respectively. Silicon, Cu and Zn concentrations increased over the following gradient: stem base < stem tip < leaves. Significant differences in Si, Cu and Zn contents (except Zn in the stem) were noted between bamboo species, particularly between monopodial and sympodial bamboo species, which differ in their rhizome morphology. Sympodial bamboos accumulated more Si and Cu than monopodial bamboos, in both stems and leaves, whereas sympodial bamboos accumulated less Zn in leaves than monopodial bamboos.


The findings of this study suggest that a genotypic character may be responsible for Si, Cu and Zn accumulation in bamboo.


Trace element Silica Poaceae Genotypic variability Island of Réunion 



This work was financially supported by the Direction Générale des Entreprises, Direction Générale de la Compétitivité, de l’Industrie et des Services, région Réunion, région PACA in the frame of the research program RUN INNOVATION II and by the Association Nationale de la Recherche et de la Technologie (CIFRE grant).

The authors thank Mr Alexandre Perrussot, Mr Gregory Bois and MmeVeronique Arfi for their assistance and fruitful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blanche Collin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emmanuel Doelsch
    • 3
  • Catherine Keller
    • 2
  • Frédéric Panfili
    • 1
  • Jean-Dominique Meunier
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de recherche développement de la société PHYTOREM S.A.MiramasFrance
  2. 2.CEREGE, CNRS, Aix-Marseille UniversitéAix en ProvenceFrance
  3. 3.CIRAD, UPR Recyclage et RisqueMontpellierFrance

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