Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 31, Issue 1–2, pp 509–515 | Cite as

The uptake and toxicity of mercury and lead to spruce (picea abifs karst. seedlings

  • D. L. Godbold
  • A. Hüttermann


Inhibition of root elongation rate was used to estimate the toxicity of methyl-Hg, Hg and Pb to spruce seedlings in nutrient solution. Methyl-Hg was found to be considerably more toxic than HgCl2, this was found to be due to its intrinsic toxicity and not a greater uptake into the roots. The toxicity of Pb was dependent upon the composition of the nutrient solution, a greater inhibition of root elongation was found in a nutrient poor artificial soil solution than in a full nutrient solution. The implications of these studies to spruce decline are discussed.


Toxicity Mercury Nutrient Solution Soil Solution HgCl2 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. L. Godbold
    • 1
  • A. Hüttermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Forstbotaniches InstitutUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenF.R.G.

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