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Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 135, Issue 1–3, pp 275–282 | Cite as

Variation of Trace Elements Contents in Asparagus racemosus (Willd)

  • Jagmohan S. Negi
  • Pramod Singh
  • Geeta J. Nee Pant
  • Mohan S. Maniyari Rawat
  • H. K. Pandey
Article

Abstract

The present study was carried out to determine the accumulation and variation of trace elements in roots and leaves of Asparagus racemosus collected from four different altitudes in Uttarakhand, India, by atomic absorption spectroscopy. The metals investigated were Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, Co, Na, K, Ca, and Li. The concentration level of Fe was found to be highest at an altitude of 2,250 m, whereas the level of Cu was lowest. The maximum concentrations of Zn, Cu, Mn, Fe, Co, Na, K, Ca, and Li were found to be 165.0 ± 3.2, 34.0 ± 0.5, 84.0 ± 0.7, 2,040.0 ± 0.3, 122.0 ± 1.5, 745.0 ± 0.3, 13,260.0 ± 3.5, 6,153.0 ± 1.6, and 58.0 ± 3.8 mg/kg, respectively.

Keywords

Asparagus racemosus AAS Trace elements Accumulation Shatawar 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This work is supported by UCOST Dehradun (Grant No.UCS&T/R&D/CHEM-05/06–07) for which our gratitude is expressed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jagmohan S. Negi
    • 1
  • Pramod Singh
    • 1
  • Geeta J. Nee Pant
    • 1
  • Mohan S. Maniyari Rawat
    • 1
    • 3
  • H. K. Pandey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryHNB Garhwal UniversitySrinagar GarhwalIndia
  2. 2.Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory, Government of India, Ministry of DefencePithoragarhIndia
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryHNB Garhwal UniversitySrinagar GarhwalIndia

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