Trace metal phytotoxicity in solution culture: A review

Kopittke, Peter M., Blamey, F. Pax C., Asher, Colin J. and Menzies, Neal W. (2010) Trace metal phytotoxicity in solution culture: A review. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61 4: 945-954. doi:10.1093/jxb/erp385

Author Kopittke, Peter M.
Blamey, F. Pax C.
Asher, Colin J.
Menzies, Neal W.
Title Trace metal phytotoxicity in solution culture: A review
Journal name Journal of Experimental Botany   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0957
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/jxb/erp385
Volume 61
Issue 4
Start page 945
End page 954
Total pages 10
Place of publication Hants, London
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
0607 Plant Biology
Formatted abstract
Solution culture has been used extensively to determine the phytotoxic effects of trace metals. A review of the literature from 1975 to 2009 was carried out to evaluate the effects of As(V), Cd(II), Co(II), Cu(II), Hg(II), Mn(II), Ni(II), Pb(II), and Zn(II) on plants grown in solution. A total of 119 studies was selected using criteria that allowed a valid comparison of the results; reported toxic concentrations varied by five orders of magnitude. Across a range of plant species and experimental conditions, the phytotoxicity of the trace metals followed the trend (from most to least toxic): Pb≈Hg >Cu >Cd≈As >Co≈Ni≈Zn >Mn, with median toxic concentrations of (μM): 0.30 Pb, 0.47 Hg, 2.0 Cu, 5.0 Cd, 9.0 As, 17 Co, 19 Ni, 25 Zn, and 46 Mn. For phytotoxicity studies in solution culture, we suggest (i) plants should be grown in a dilute solution which mimics the soil solution, or that, at a minimum, contains Ca and B, (ii) solution pH should be monitored and reported (as should the concentrations of the trace metal of interest), (iii) assessment should be made of the influence of pH on solution composition and ion speciation, and (iv) both the period of exposure to the trace metal and the plant variable measured should be appropriate. Observing these criteria will potentially lead to reliable data on the relationship between growth depression and the concentration of the toxic metal in solution.
Keyword Critical concentration
Solution Culture
Trace metal
Barley Hordeum-vulgare
Soil Solution
Nutrient solution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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