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Plants 2018, 7(3), 66; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants7030066

Sarcocornia neei as an Indicator of Environmental Pollution: A Comparative Study in Coastal Wetlands of Central Chile

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Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Playa Ancha, Av. Carvallo 270, Valparaíso, Chile
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Instituto de Geografía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
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Received: 22 June 2018 / Revised: 7 August 2018 / Accepted: 9 August 2018 / Published: 17 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wetland Plants: Biodiversity and Ecological Gradients)
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Abstract

Being adapted to saline environments, halophytes are plant species that have received considerable attention due to their ability to cope with environmental stress factors, such as high concentrations of soluble salts and heavy metals. In this work, we focused on determining if the Sarcocornia neei (S. neei) plant can be considered as an indicator of heavy metal pollution in soil. This was done by analyzing the concentration of cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), copper (Cu), and arsenic (As) in plants and soil sampled from two wetlands in the central zone of Chile: a wetland contaminated by industrial activities and a wetland protected by the Chilean government. In addition, 14 fertility parameters (pH, electrical conductivity, organic matter, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sodium (Na), Pb, calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), Manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), and boron (B)) were analyzed for soil samples in both wetlands. This was done to differentiate between available elements and contamination by heavy metals. Plant and soil samples in the contaminated wetland exhibited significantly higher heavy metal concentrations in comparison to samples analyzed from the protected wetland. This indicates that the S. neei plant can be further researched as an indicator of heavy metal pollution in saline soils and possibly for phytoremediation purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sarcocornia sp; coastal wetlands; heavy metals analysis Sarcocornia sp; coastal wetlands; heavy metals analysis
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Meza, V.; Lillo, C.; Rivera, D.; Soto, E.; Figueroa, R. Sarcocornia neei as an Indicator of Environmental Pollution: A Comparative Study in Coastal Wetlands of Central Chile. Plants 2018, 7, 66.

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