Journal of Plant Physiology & PathologyISSN: 2329-955X

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Research Article, J Plant Physiol Pathol Vol: 2 Issue: 1

Phytoaccumulation of Chromium and Copper by Mentha spicata L.

N Thivya1, K V Srilakshmi1, S Bhuvaneswari2 and T Leon Stephan Raj3*
1Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Madras Christian College, Chennai, India
2Department of Biotechnology, Sathyabama University, Chennai, India
3Department of Botany, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Palayamkottai-627 002, Tamil Nadu, India
Corresponding author : Leon Stephan Raj T
Department of Botany, St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai-627 002, Tamil Nadu, India
Received: February 05, 2014 Accepted: March 22, 2014 Published: March 27, 2014
Citation: Thivya N, Srilakshmi K V, Bhuvaneswari S, Stephan Raj TL (2014) Phytoaccumulation of Chromium and Copper by Mentha spicata L. J Plant Physiol Pathol 2:1. doi:10.4172/2329-955X.1000118


Phytoaccumulation of Chromium and Copper by Mentha spicata L.

This paper reports a study of heavy metal absorption by Mentha spicata. M. spicata was grown in garden soil. The soil was treated with different concentrations (20 mg/l, 40 mg/l, 60 mg/l and 80 mg/l)of chromium and copper solutions. The effect of the application of the above two heavy metals was studied after 10 days of the treatment.Chromium and copper exerted toxic effects on the growth and physical parameters of Mentha spicata. M. spicata functioned as a hyper accumulator of chromium and copper. The results indicated that the reduction of growth parameters was inversely related to concentration of the heavy metals.

Keywords: Chromium; Copper; Mentha spicata; Hyperaccumulators

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