Effect of Heavy Metal Pollution on Plants

Metals in the Environment

  • N. W. Lepp

Part of the Pollution Monitoring Series book series (PMS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. M. K. Hughes
    Pages 95-118
  3. M. H. Martin, P. J. Coughtrey
    Pages 119-158
  4. J. Webber
    Pages 159-184
  5. A. Williamson, M. S. Johnson
    Pages 185-212
  6. K. J. Puckett, M. A. S. Burton
    Pages 213-238
  7. D. A. Thurman
    Pages 239-249
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 251-257

About this book


Trace metals occur as natural constituents of the earth's crust, and are ever present constituents of soils, natural waters and living matter. The biological significance of this disparate assemblage of elements has gradually been uncovered during the twentieth century; the resultant picture is one of ever-increasing complexity. Several of these elements have been demonstrated to be essential to the functions of living organisms, others appear to only interact with living matter in a toxic manner, whilst an ever-decreasing number do not fall conveniently into either category. When the interactions between trace metals and plants are considered, one must take full account of the known chemical properties of each element. Consideration must be given to differences in chemical reactivity, solubility and to interactions with other inorganic and organic molecules. A clear understanding of the basic chemical properties of an element of interest is an essential pre-requisite to any subsequent consideration of its biological significance. Due consideration to basic chemical considerations is a theme which runs through the collection of chapters in both volumes.


agriculture cyclin environment heavy metals plants soil

Editors and affiliations

  • N. W. Lepp
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyLiverpool PolytechnicLiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8101-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8099-0
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