Arsenic Uptake by Muskmelon (Cucumismelo) Plants from Contaminated Water

Bryan Hettick, Jaclyn Canas-Carrell, Kirt Martin, Amanda D French, David Klein

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Arsenic is a carcinogenic element that occurs naturally in the environment. High levels of arsenic are found in water in some parts of the world, including Texas. The aims of this study were to determine the distribution of arsenic in muskmelon (Cucumis melo) plants accumulated from arsenic spiked water and to observe effects on plant biomass. Plants were grown and irrigated using water spiked with variable concentrations of arsenic. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to quantify arsenic in different parts of the plant and fruit. Under all conditions tested in this study, the highest concentrations of arsenic were found in the leaves, soil, and roots. Arsenic in the water had no significant effect on plant biomass. Fruits analyzed in this study had arsenic concentrations of 101 μg/kg or less. Consuming these fruits would result in less arsenic exposure than drinking water at recommended levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-400
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
StatePublished - Sep 27 2016


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