Three kinds of sprouts in the Brassicaceae family of plants, namely, pink kale, radish and mustard were evaluated for the possibility of phytoremediation of lanthanides. The mustard sprout more efficiently accumulated lanthanides (e.g. 0.26 nmol La/g) than other Brassicaceae family plant sprouts (0.16 nmol La/g in the radish), however the radish sprout showed the fastest growth among three sprouts. Faster growth compensated for less efficiency in lanthanide accumulation (28 pmol La in the radish vs. 12 pmol La in the mustard) indicating that the radish is the most preferable sprout for the phytoremediation of lanthanides.
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This study was supported by Grants-in-Aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (Nos. 23390032 and 23390164 to Y. O.), and the financial support from Agilent Technologies Foundation, USA.
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Anan, Y., Awaya, Y., Ogihara, Y. et al. Comparison in Accumulation of Lanthanide Elements Among Three Brassicaceae Plant Sprouts. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 89, 133–137 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-012-0665-0