, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 501–512 | Cite as

Plant parts of the apple tree (Malus spp.) as possible indicators of heavy metal pollution

  • Snežana Tošić
  • Slađana Alagić
  • Mile Dimitrijević
  • Aleksandra Pavlović
  • Maja Nujkić


The content of Cu, Zn, Pb, As, Cd, and Ni was determined by ICP-OES in spatial soil and parts (root, branches, leaves, and fruit) of the apple tree (Malus spp.) from polluted sites near The Mining and Smelting Complex Bor (Serbia). The aim of this study was to examine if the obtained results can be used for biomonitoring purposes. Data recorded in plant parts, especially leaves, gave very useful information about the environmental state of the Bor region. Conveniently, these data described well the capability of investigated plant species to assimilate and tolerate severely high concentrations of heavy metals in its tissues, which may further allow the possibility for utilization of the apple tree for phytostabilization.


Apple tree Heavy metals Biomonitoring 



Authors acknowledge financial support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia for financial support (Project No. 172047).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Snežana Tošić
    • 1
  • Slađana Alagić
    • 2
  • Mile Dimitrijević
    • 2
  • Aleksandra Pavlović
    • 1
  • Maja Nujkić
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and MathematicsUniversity of NišNisSerbia
  2. 2.Technical Faculty BorUniversity of BelgradeBorSerbia

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