Mercury distribution in soils and plants surrounding an industrial area in the South of Italy

Anna Santoro, Roberto Terzano, Matteo Spagnuolo, Saverio Fiore, Massimo Morgana, Pacifico Ruggiero

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Soil and plant samples, collected nearby an industrial site in the South of Italy, were investigated to monitor the presence and distribution of mercury (Hg). The Hg contamination in soils ranged from ca. 1.5 to 50 mg kg-1and was limited to the first 0.5 m. In general, high spatial distribution heterogeneities were observed. The spontaneous flora analysed contained an average of 0.2 mg kg-1of Hg, and the highest Hg concentration was found in the roots of Glicyrrhiza glabra (0.43 mg kg-1). Hg pollution can be possibly ascribed to a chlor-alkali plant operating in this area in the 1960s-1980s. Copyright © 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79 - 92
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environment and Waste Management
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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