Response of maize (Zea mays L.) to soil contamination with copper depending on applied contamination neutralizing substances

Wydanie: 3 / 2013

Otrzymano: Lipiec 03, 2013

Zaakceptowano: Lipiec 30, 2013

Opublikowano online: 2013-10-21


Kategorie: Agricultural

DOI: 10.5601/jelem.2013.18.3.14


    Copper is an essential trace element in living organisms, but its excess interferes with metabolic transformations in plant, animal and human cells. The uptake of copper from contaminated soils can be regulated, for example, by soil liming or application of other substances which enhance soil adsorption capacity and Cu binding in the substrate. The purpose of this study has been to assess the response of maize to soil contamination with copper depending on the applied neutralizing substances. The tested factors were increasing concentrations of Cu in soil: 0, 200, 400 and 600 mg Cu kg-1dm, and soil application of mineral (lime, loam and zeolite) and organic (manure, peat and bark) neutralizing substances. Soil contamination with copper within the range of 200 to 600 mg kg-1 of soil caused reduction in maize yields. Positive influence such as alleviation of the harmful effect of copper contamination was demonstrated by lime and manure, which enhanced yields of maize, especially in the series polluted with 200 and 400 mg Cu kg-1. The other soil amending substances, especially peat added in amounts of 400 and 600 mg kg-1 of soil, caused a considerable depression in maize yields. A linear dependence has been demonstrated between the concentration of Cu in maize plants and the content of Cu in the substrate, with the root content of Cu being on average six-fold higher than in aerial organs. Mineral soil amendments significantly decreased the BTC index in maize compared to organic substances, and lime as well as pine bark decreased the BCF index to 2.33 and 1.67 versus the value of 4.21 found in the control treatment without any neutralizing substances. The uptake of copper depended on the volume of yield and – to a lesser degree – on the concentration of Cu in plants. The uptake of copper by plants was the highest in treatments contaminated with a rate of 200 mg Cu kg-1, which was the consequence of higher yields from that treatment than from the plots polluted with 400 or 600 mg Cu kg-1 of soil.


Żołnowski A., Busse M., Zając P. 2013. Response of maize (Zea mays L.) to soil contamination with copper depending on applied contamination neutralizing substances. J. Elem. 18(3): 507-520, DOI: 10.5601/jelem.2013.18.3.14

Słowa kluczowe:

copper, BTC, BCF, BAC, phytotoxicity, neutralizing amendments

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