Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 138, Issue 1–3, pp 300–306 | Cite as

Study on the Variations of Mineral Elements in Swertia speciosa (G. Don)

  • Jagmohan S. Negi
  • Pramod Singh
  • Geeta J. nee Pant
  • Mohan S. Maniyari Rawat


Variations of micro- and macrominerals concentration in Swertia speciosa were determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. The mineral elements showed significant changes in roots and leaves collected from different altitudes. Among all the elements, highest concentration (more than 2,000 mg/kg) of Ca and K were recorded in S. speciosa and the concentration of other elements analyzed in the study decreased in the order Fe>Na>Zn>Co>Li>Cu>Mn.


Atomic absorption spectroscopy Trace elements Electrolytes Gentianaceae Swertia speciosa 



This work is supported by UCOST Dehradun (Grant No.UCS&T/R&D/CHEM-05/06-07). The authors also thank Dr. H. K. Pandey DRDO Laboratory (Pithoragarh, India) for technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jagmohan S. Negi
    • 1
  • Pramod Singh
    • 1
  • Geeta J. nee Pant
    • 1
  • Mohan S. Maniyari Rawat
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryHNB Garhwal UniversityUttarakhandIndia

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