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Geographic Differences in Element Accumulation in Needles of Aleppo Pines (Pinus halepensis Mill.) Grown in Mediterranean Region

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Man-Environment-Technology Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, Örebro University, Gymnastikgatan 1, 70182 Örebro, Sweden
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Division of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, BOKU—University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Muthgasse 18, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Horvatovac 102a, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Academic Editors: Giuseppe Scarponi, Silvia Illuminati, Anna Annibaldi and Cristina Truzzi
Molecules 2019, 24(10), 1877; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24101877
Received: 17 April 2019 / Revised: 13 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 15 May 2019
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Abstract

Pine needles are widely used as bio-indicators due to their worldwide distribution and the ease of sample collection. In contrast to deciduous trees, conifers offer the possibility of monitoring long-term exposure through older needles. Pinus halepensis Miller is a pine species native to the Mediterranean region, which has been used for restoration activities in arid and semiarid areas leading to vast spatial expansion. Needles from pine trees collected in the southeastern to northwestern extension of Croatia’s coastal area at twelve sampling sites were analysed for twenty-one metals and metalloids. Statistical evaluation of the obtained data revealed significant differences for Al, As, B, Ba, Ca, Cr, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Se, and Sr between the different regions. Needles from trees growing on islands did not show elevated levels of Mg and/or Na as a result of the sea spray influence. The differences in metal accumulation are supposed to be linked to the environmental conditions at the respective sampling site, since the species was the same everywhere. By comparing the elemental contents of the soil those of with needles, it can be clearly seen, that the root as well as the foliar uptake contribute to the final amount. View Full-Text
Keywords: alepski bor; Aleppo pine; geographical distribution; ICP-AES; ICP-MS; element content; pine needles alepski bor; Aleppo pine; geographical distribution; ICP-AES; ICP-MS; element content; pine needles
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Zeiner, M.; Kuhar, A.; Juranović Cindrić, I. Geographic Differences in Element Accumulation in Needles of Aleppo Pines (Pinus halepensis Mill.) Grown in Mediterranean Region. Molecules 2019, 24, 1877.

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