Mapping the intake of different elements in vegetal tissues by dual-energy X-ray imaging at DaΦne synchrotron light source

Lucia Reale, J. Kaiser, A. Reale, A. Lai, F. Flora, A. Balerna, G. Cinque, M. Fanelli, F. Ruggieri, A. Faenov, T. Pikuz, A. Tucci, A. Poma, P. Zuppella, M. Liška, R. Malina

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This article reports on the first utilization of the soft X-ray beamline at the DaΦne synchrotron light source for mapping the intake of different elements in plant tissues. As a test, the method of dual-energy X-ray microradiography was applied to the investigation of the natural sulfur content in dried leaf and root samples. Our ultimate goal was to monitor the pollutant lead and its intake, which was added in controlled doses to the hydroponic medium of laboratory-controlled samples of vegetal species. The results obtained by the nondestructive X-ray radiographic analysis are compared to the values of concentrations determined by a standard chemical analysis utilizing atomic absorption spectroscopy. From this comparison the validity of the X-ray detection of heavy metals in biological samples has been confirmed. The superposition of the dual energy results on the simple planar radiography shows the representation of the pollutant intake directly on the sample structures. It should be pointed out that this method, developed here for plant root and leaves could be applied to any biological sample of interest, but the preparation and observation conditions necessitate different strategies according to the type of sample under analysis. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179 - 185
Number of pages7
JournalMicroscopy Research and Technique
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Instrumentation
  • Medical Laboratory Technology

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