Biology Bulletin

, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 1284–1288 | Cite as

Phytoprotective Effect of Ammonium Humate at High Copper Concentrations in the Environment

  • T. A. Kirdey
  • A. P. Veselov


The influence of ammonium humate obtained from peat on the tolerance of wheat plants to high CuSO4 concentrations (100, 250, 500, and 1000 μM/L) has been studied. Seeds were germinated on a copper sulfate solution with and without the humate. Then the plants were grown on Hoagland’s solution in an artificial climate chamber. The coefficient of protective action by humate was estimated in the following two ways: by dry weight changes and by the copper ion content in comparison with the plants grown without humate. The protective role of the humate at 100 and 250 μM has been established, which is due to reduction of copper accumulation in the plants. It has been found that the humate at higher concentrations enhances the toxic effect of copper.


phytoprotective effect humic substances humate heavy metals copper wheat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belyaev State Agricultural Academy of IvanovoIvanovoRussia
  2. 2.Lobachevskii State University of Nizhny NovgorodNizhny NovgorodRussia

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