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Comparison of bioaccumulation potential of eleven pine species in low polluted ecosystem

Jerzy Jonczak1, Magdalena Sut-Lohmann2, Nora Polláková3, Agnieszka Parzych4, Vladimír Šimanský3, Sally Donovan2, and Tetiana Medinski2
Jerzy Jonczak et al.
  • 1Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, Poland
  • 2Brandenburg University of Technology, Geopedology and Landscape Development, Germany
  • 3Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia
  • 4Pomeranian University in Słupsk, Department of Environmental Chemistry, Poland

Forests play a pivotal role in sustaining ecosystem services. Continuous human modification of the biogeochemical cycling of potentially toxic metals, together with constant growing release, often lead to mutagenic or directly lethal health effects. Bioindicating organisms are commonly used to assess metal contamination in soil. However, there is a big gap in knowledge regarding reference stands (low polluted ecosystems), which is crucial to determine relationships between mineralogy and spatial distribution of potentially toxic metals in soil and forest stands. We evaluated bioaccumulation intensity of Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni and Zn in the 1 and 2-year old needles of eleven pine species growing in the Arboretum Mlyňany, located in an uncontaminated area of south-western Slovakia. The results were evaluated using Ward method, Euclidean distance and Kruskal-Wallis test. The results presented in our study point to a specific bioaccumulation behavior of 11 pine species under low soil pollution levels.

How to cite: Jonczak, J., Sut-Lohmann, M., Polláková, N., Parzych, A., Šimanský, V., Donovan, S., and Medinski, T.: Comparison of bioaccumulation potential of eleven pine species in low polluted ecosystem, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-8746,, 2020