EXTENT OF HEAVY METAL CONTAMINATION IN LEAFY VEGETABLES, SOIL AND WATER FROM SURROUNDING OF MUSI RIVER, HYDERABAD, INDIA
Present research is aimed towards detection of heavy metals in leafy vegetables from surroundings of Musi River which is polluted with sewage, domestic effluents and industrial wastes flows through the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. The leaf samples were analyzed for the heavy metals namely Cu, Zn, Pb, Fe, Cd and Mn using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS). The extent of heavy metal contaminations were investigated in three leafy vegetables viz., Palak (Beta vulgaris), Thotakura (Amaranthus) and Chukkakura (Rumex sp.), soil and water of Musi River. Results showed that, leafy vegetable Chukkakura had the highest metal load (801.78 mg kg-1) followed by Palak (550.97 mg kg-1) and Thotakura (493.34 mg kg-1).
E. SWAPNA PRIYA, G. SUNIL, K. SHIVAIAH, ANIL GADDAMEEDI AND ASHISH KUMAR
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