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Translocation of potential toxic elements from soil to black cabbage (Brassica oleracea L.) growing in an abandoned mining district area of the Apuan Alps (Tuscany, Italy)

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doi: 10.1007/s10653-019-00443-y
Authors:Vittori Antisari, Livia; Bini, Claudio; Ferronato, Chiara; Gherardi, Massimo; Vianello, Gilmo
Author Affiliations:Primary:
University of Bologna, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Bologna, Italy
Other:
Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Environmental Sciences, Venice, Italy
Volume Title:Soil contamination and human health; Part 2
Volume Authors:Bech, Jaume, editor; Korobova, Elena; Ermakov, Vadim; Pérez-Sirvent, Carmen; Watts, Michael J.
Source:Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 42(8), p.2413-2423; European geosciences union 2018 conference session; Soil contamination and human health; advances and problems of risk assessment, Vienna, Austria, April 2018, edited by Jaume Bech, Elena Korobova, Vadim Ermakov, Carmen Pérez-Sirvent and Michael J. Watts. Publisher: Springer, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0269-4042
Publication Date:2020
Note:In English. 48 refs.; illus., incl. 2 tables, geol. sketch map
Summary:In the Apuan Alps (Tuscany, Italy), long-lasting mining activities have favored the mobilization of numerous metals present in sulfosalts originated from low-grade metamorphism mineralization. Such materials, rich in potentially toxic elements such as antimony, arsenic, barium, copper, lead, thallium, tin and zinc, represent the substrate on which soils of different thicknesses have been formed and is currently used for agricultural activities. High concern is particularly arising about the food safety due to traditional horticultural practices, since it is very common in this area to cultivate vegetables in private gardens for both self-consuming and/or local market. In this context, a monitoring survey on both soils and vegetables was performed over the area, with particular attention to Brassica oleracea L. as traditional food crop, to assess the degree of contamination of the area, the possible translocation to vegetables and the potential human risk linked to vegetable ingestion. This analysis reveals a different degree of soil contamination in the area and a general high human risk linked to cabbage cultivation and ingestion in the whole area.
Subjects:Agriculture; Alkaline earth metals; Antimony; Arsenic; Barium; Bioaccumulation; Copper; Heavy metals; Lead; Mercury; Metals; Mining; Monitoring; Pollution; Public health; Silver; Soils; Thallium; Tin; Toxic materials; Zinc; Apennines; Apuane Alps; Europe; Italy; Lucca Italy; Southern Europe; Tuscany Italy; Braccatoio Valley; Brassicaceae; Monte Arsiccio; Pietrasanta Italy
Coordinates:N435400 N435900 E0101700 E0101100
Record ID:885934-10
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