Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 20, pp 20003–20011 | Cite as

Heavy metal bioaccumulation by Miscanthus sacchariflorus and its potential for removing metals from the Dongting Lake wetlands, China

  • Xin Yao
  • Yandong Niu
  • Youzhi LiEmail author
  • Dongsheng Zou
  • Xiaohui Ding
  • Hualin Bian
Research Article


Bioaccumulation of five heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Mn, Pb, and Zn) in six plant organs (panicle, leaf, stem, root, rhizome, and bud) of the emergent and perennial plant species, Miscanthus sacchariflorus, were investigated to estimate the plant’s potential for accumulating heavy metals in the wetlands of Dongting Lake. We found the highest Cd concentrations in the panicles and leaves; while the highest Cu and Mn were observed in the roots, the highest Pb in the panicles, and the highest Zn in the panicles and buds. In contrast, the lowest Cd concentrations were detected in the stem, roots, and buds; the lowest Cu concentrations in the leaves and stems; the lowest Mn concentrations in the panicles, rhizomes, and buds; the lowest Pb concentrations in the stems; and the lowest Zn concentrations in the leaves, stems, and rhizomes. Mean Cu concentration in the plant showed a positive regression coefficient with plot elevation, soil organic matter content, and soil Cu concentration, whereas it showed a negative regression coefficient with soil moisture and electrolyte leakage. Mean Mn concentration showed positive and negative regression coefficients with soil organic matter and soil moisture, respectively. Mean Pb concentration exhibited positive regression coefficient with plot elevation and soil total P concentration, and Zn concentration showed a positive regression coefficient with soil available P and total P concentrations. However, there was no significant regression coefficient between mean Cd concentration in the plant and the investigated environmental parameters. Stems and roots were the main organs involved in heavy metal accumulation from the environment. The mean quantities of heavy metals accumulated in the plant tissues were 2.2 mg Cd, 86.7 mg Cu, 290.3 mg Mn, 15.9 mg Pb, and 307 mg Zn per square meter. In the Dongting Lake wetlands, 0.7 × 103 kg Cd, 22.9 × 103 kg Cu, 77.5 × 103 kg Mn, 3.1 × 103 kg Pb, and 95.9 × 103 kg Zn per year were accumulated by aboveground organs and removed from the lake through harvesting for paper manufacture.


Cadmium Copper Manganese Lead Zinc Wetland phytoremediation 



The authors greatly appreciate two anonymous reviewers for the constructive suggestions on an earlier version of this manuscript.

Funding information

This study was financially supported by the Key Research and Development Program of Hunan Province (S2017HZYFGH0005); the Scientific Research Fund of Hunan Provincial Education Department (16B121); China Scholarship; the National Key Technology Support Program (2014BAC09B00); and the Foundation for Advanced Talents in Hunan Agricultural University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Yao
    • 1
  • Yandong Niu
    • 2
  • Youzhi Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dongsheng Zou
    • 1
  • Xiaohui Ding
    • 1
  • Hualin Bian
    • 1
  1. 1.Hunan Provincial Key Laboratory of Rural Ecosystem Health in Dongting Lake Area, College of Bioscience and BiotechnologyHunan Agricultural UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.Hunan Academy of ForestryChangshaChina

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