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Environmental impact assessment of Egyptian Damietta governorate soils contamination with cadmium


MOJ Ecology & Environmental Sciences
Badawy SH,1 RA El-Motaium,2 MA El-Sayed,1 HM Abdel-Lattif,3 HM Ghorab,4 MF Hossain5

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Abstract

Soil parental materials and anthropogenic activities are the sources of increasing Cd in soils and enrichment in edible parts of plants and creating hazards to animals and human. Thus, it is an important issue to estimate the levels of Cd in soils; straw and grains of rice and wheat plants grown in the soils contaminate with Cd and evaluates human health risk. In surface soil, total Cd (899±497µg kg-1) and Diethylene Triamine Penta Acetate (DTPA) extractable Cd (16.41±13.83µg kg-1) slightly higher by 1.02±0.20 and 1.31±0.45 folds than the subsurface layers, respectively. The DTPA extractable Cd concentration is significantly increased linearly with increasing total soil Cd (r=0.90). Positive significant correlation was found between soils DTPA extractable Cd and soil organic matter (OM) content (r=0.95), while significant negative correlation for both CaCO3 content (r=-0.92) and pH (r=-0.94). In rice Cd concentrations of straw (374±156µg kg-1) and grains (35±16µg kg-1) are significantly correlated with total soil Cd (r=0.89, r=0.86) and DTPA extractable Cd (r=0.84, r=0.74), respectively. Whereas, rice grains Cd is increased with increasing straw Cd (r=0.98). Wheat Cd concentrations of straw (194±71µg kg-1) and grains (18±13µg kg-1) are significantly correlated with total soil Cd (r=0.90, r=0.96) and DTPA extractable Cd (r = 0.91, r=0.95), respectively. Wheat grains Cd is increased with increasing straw Cd (r=0.95). The Cd Transfer factors (TF) as an average is higher in rice grains (0.04±0.014) than wheat grains (0.021±0.016). However, Cd concentrations in the wheat and rice grains are lower than the both EU and WHO/FAO permissible limits (0.24mg kg-1 and 0.4mg kg-1 dry wt., respectively) and so far no potential human health risk is concluded yet.

Keywords

cadmium, human risk assessment, rice, wheat, pollution, toxicity

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