Metals, Metalloids and Toxicity in Date Palms: Potential Environmental Impact
John R. Williams, Avin E. Pillay
DOI: 10.4236/jep.2011.25068   PDF   HTML     6,911 Downloads   12,350 Views   Citations


This paper summarizes our studies on metal and metalloid uptake by the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera L., a tree of considerable importance in arid regions. The typical concentrations of 17 elements in the date palm are summarized and compared with existing data in the scientific literature. The role and toxicity of these elements are considered. Issues encountered by us during sample collection, pre-treatment and chemical analysis are described. Future studies are suggested.

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J. Williams and A. Pillay, "Metals, Metalloids and Toxicity in Date Palms: Potential Environmental Impact," Journal of Environmental Protection, Vol. 2 No. 5, 2011, pp. 592-600. doi: 10.4236/jep.2011.25068.

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