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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(8), 17975-17998;

Effect of Heavy Metals in Plants of the Genus Brassica

LEAF—Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
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Received: 3 June 2015 / Revised: 13 July 2015 / Accepted: 27 July 2015 / Published: 4 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Abiotic Stress and Gene Networks in Plants)
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Several species from the Brassica genus are very important agricultural crops in different parts of the world and are also known to be heavy metal accumulators. There have been a large number of studies regarding the tolerance, uptake and defense mechanism in several of these species, notably Brassica juncea and B. napus, against the stress induced by heavy metals. Numerous studies have also been published about the capacity of these species to be used for phytoremediation purposes but with mixed results. This review will focus on the latest developments in the study of the uptake capacity, oxidative damage and biochemical and physiological tolerance and defense mechanisms to heavy metal toxicity on six economically important species: B. juncea, B. napus, B. oleracea, B. carinata, B. rapa and B. nigra. View Full-Text
Keywords: Brassica; heavy metals; phytoremediation; oxidative stress Brassica; heavy metals; phytoremediation; oxidative stress
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Mourato, M.P.; Moreira, I.N.; Leitão, I.; Pinto, F.R.; Sales, J.R.; Martins, L.L. Effect of Heavy Metals in Plants of the Genus Brassica. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 17975-17998.

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