Comparison of lead and cadmium contents in cruciferous vegetables grown under diversified ecological conditions: Cracow region of Poland

Joanna Kapusta-Duch , Teresa Leszczyńska , Adam Florkiewicz , Agnieszka Filipiak-Florkiewicz


The aim of the present study was to compare lead and cadmium contents in cruciferous vegetables grown under diversified ecological conditions for three consecutive years, independently of the climatic and agrotechnical conditions. The research was conducted in the Cracow region of Poland and tests vegetables near the Steelworks, from ecological farms, and from local markets. The heavy metal contents were determined using the validated Atomic Absorption Spectrometry method, including electrothermal atomization, with an ET-AAS graphite cuvette (Varian AA240Z, made by Varian). Cruciferous vegetables cultivated in the areas surrounding the steelworks were characterized by alarmingly high lead content versus ecological and commercially available vegetables, while the contents of this metal in vegetables from the two latter locations did not differ. It cannot be definitively stated that the origin of vegetables influenced their cadmium content.
Author Joanna Kapusta-Duch (FoFT / DoHN)
Joanna Kapusta-Duch,,
- Department of Human Nutrition
, Teresa Leszczyńska (FoFT / DoHN)
Teresa Leszczyńska,,
- Department of Human Nutrition
, Adam Florkiewicz (FoFT / DoFAaQA)
Adam Florkiewicz,,
- Department of Food Analysis and Quality Assessment
, Agnieszka Filipiak-Florkiewicz (FoFT / DoGTaC)
Agnieszka Filipiak-Florkiewicz,,
- Department of Gastronomic Technology and Consumption
Journal seriesEcology of Food and Nutrition, ISSN 0367-0244, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2011
Publication size in sheets0.85
Keywords in Englishcruciferous vegetables, diverse ecological conditions, soil contamination, lead, cadmium
ASJC Classification2303 Ecology; 2700 General Medicine; 1106 Food Science; 2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)15
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 3; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2011 = 0.612; WoS Impact Factor: 2011 = 0.765 (2) - 2011=0.787 (5)
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