Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 353, Issue 1, pp 101–104 | Cite as

Analysis of heavy metals and sulphur-rich compounds in the water moss Fontinalis antipyretica L. ex Hedw.

  • I. Bruns
  • A. Siebert
  • R. Baumbach
  • J. Miersch
  • D. Günther
  • B. Markert
  • G.-J. Krauß


The water moss Fontinalis antipyretica has been investigated to estimate heavy metal pollution in the river Elbe (middle Germany). Procedures of plant separation, digestion as well as an analytical method for ICP-MS analyses have been evaluated. Reproducibility and accuracy have been demonstrated on BCR 61 (NIST) reference material and results have been compared with AAS and AES data. The distribution of heavy metals in different plant segments of indigenous material has been analyzed. Exposition of plant material in the river Elbe have shown no correlation between the heavy metal content in plants and that of water samples. Cd and Zn concentrations found in the plant material are significantly enriched relatively to control samples. To understand the sophisticated ‘real system’ experiments have been carried out under laboratory conditions to investigate induced sulphur-rich compounds in the presence of heavy metals using HPLC including on-line derivatization.


Heavy Metal HPLC Water Sample Plant Material Control Sample 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Bruns
    • 1
  • A. Siebert
    • 1
  • R. Baumbach
    • 1
  • J. Miersch
    • 1
  • D. Günther
    • 2
  • B. Markert
    • 3
  • G.-J. Krauß
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biochemie/BiotechnologieMartin-Luther Universität Halle WittenbergHalleGermany
  2. 2.Institut für PflanzenbiochemieHalleGermany
  3. 3.Lehrstuhl für UmweltverfahrenstechnikInternationales Hochschulinstitut ZittauZittauGermany

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