Heavy Metals Accumulation in Two Types of Tree Leaves from Baghdad Urban Areas
AbstractIt is well known that environmental pollution by many heavy metals is a serious problem to the natural ecosystem due to their toxic effects. Most heavy metals such as Cu, Mn, Fe, and Zn are needed by various organisms but at certain concentrations is very necessary for both plants and animals. However, it has been suggested that ever green plant trees can assist in controlling such pollution via various methods where one method is the ability of these plant trees to absorb heavy metals from contaminated soils. The current work was designed to assess Cd, Mn and Pb plant content in two tree species (Eucalyptus sp. and Albizia sp.) collected from Tourist Baghdad Island (TBI) situated in Al- Fh’hama region. It seems very obvious that these examined trees can be regarded as certain heavy metals eliminator where eucalyptus tree has shown considerable ability in removing all examined heavy metals which were significantly higher than that of Albizia trees.
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