Accumulation of heavy metals and antioxidant responses in Vicia faba plants grown on monometallic contaminated soil

Aleksandra Nagórska-Socha , Alina Kafel , Marta Kandziora-Ciupa , Janina Gospodarek , Agnieszka Zawisza-Raszka


The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of soil contamination by selected metals (cadmium, copper, nickel, lead or zinc) on the antioxidant response of Vicia faba plants. The levels of the antioxidants: glutathione, proline, non-protein thiols, as well as guaiacol peroxidase and catalase activities were measured in the upperparts of plants. Additionally, the potential bioavailability of metals in the soil and their concentrations in V. faba plants were compared. Treatment with metal caused the problem of an elevation in its bioavailability in soil and its concentration in leaves and stems. The most serious problems seemed to be metal elevations in soil, especially Zn and Ni as well as in the aerial parts of V. faba plants. The antioxidant responses appeared to be metal specific. The elevation of guaiacol peroxidase activity in leaves and stems as well as the proline in leaves was the only more general reaction to metal exposure. Upon analysis of the effects of soil metal contamination on V. faba plants, we recommend the use of some measurements such as guaiacol peroxidase activity and proline level as useful tools in biological monitoring.
Author Aleksandra Nagórska-Socha
Aleksandra Nagórska-Socha,,
, Alina Kafel
Alina Kafel,,
, Marta Kandziora-Ciupa
Marta Kandziora-Ciupa,,
, Janina Gospodarek (FoAE / DoAEP)
Janina Gospodarek,,
- Department of Agricultural Environment Protection
, Agnieszka Zawisza-Raszka
Agnieszka Zawisza-Raszka,,
Journal seriesEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research, ISSN 0944-1344, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishAntioxidant response, Metal contamination, Vicia faba
ASJC Classification2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis; 2310 Pollution; 2304 Environmental Chemistry; 2700 General Medicine
Internal identifierWRE/2013/317
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
Score (nominal)30
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 1.191; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 2.757 (2) - 2013=2.951 (5)
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FinansowanieThis work was financially supported by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research, Project No. N305 007 31/0334.
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