Plant and Soil

, Volume 420, Issue 1–2, pp 49–60 | Cite as

Distribution and accumulation of trace elements in rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils on a karst plateau after vegetation restoration

  • Xudong Peng
  • Quanhou DaiEmail author
  • Guijie Ding
  • Chao Zhu
  • Changlan Li
Regular Article



The restoration of vegetation in the rocky desertified areas of karst plateaus is a major problem for present-day ecological studies. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of vegetation restoration on the distribution and accumulation of trace elements in rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils.


Four representative areas containing the plants Coriaria nepalensis Wall., Pinus armandii Franch., Elaeagnus pungens Thunb., and Cotoneaster hissaricus Pojark. were selected within a vegetation restoration area in the Karst Plateau of Caohai County, Guizhou Province, China. Soils were sampled using a grid method to measure the total contents of the trace elements iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) in rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils.


The representative area containing Elaeagnus displayed the greatest amount of accumulation in the rhizosphere of both total and available trace elements, except for total Zn. Representative areas of the rhizosphere with other types of vegetation showed accumulation of only some of the trace elements studied. All types of vegetation were associated with the bioenrichment of available trace elements in both rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils, except for available Cu in areas associated with Cotoneaster.


Representative areas containing Pinus displayed the greatest degree of bioenrichment for both total and available trace elements in both rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils.


Trace elements Accumulation Rhizosphere Vegetation restoration Karst plateau 



This work was supported by the project of National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFC0502604), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 41671275, 41461057), the Major Project of Guizhou Province (Qian Ke He Major Project [2016]3022), and the Application Foundation Major Project of Guizhou Province (Qian Ke He JZ [2014] 2002).

Author contributions

Xudong Peng and Quanhou Dai designed the study and wrote the manuscript. Chao Zhu and Changlan Li carried out all tests and collected the data. Guijie Ding provided valuable guidance and participated in revision. All the authors reviewed the manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xudong Peng
    • 1
  • Quanhou Dai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Guijie Ding
    • 1
  • Chao Zhu
    • 1
  • Changlan Li
    • 1
  1. 1.College of ForestryGuizhou UniversityGuiyangChina

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