Analyzing Populous Seedling Resistance towards Heavy Metal ContaminationAmirhossein Firuzan and Seyed Armin Hashemi*
Department of Forestry, College of Natural Resources, Lahijan Branch , Islamic Azad University, Lahijan, Iran
- *Corresponding Author:
- Amirhossein Firuzan
College of Natural Resources
Branch, Islamic Azad University
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 18, 2016 Accepted Date: Mar 10, 2017 Published Date: Mar 17, 2017
Citation: Firuzan and Hashemi, (2017) Analyzing Populous Seedling Resistance towards Heavy Metal Contamination. Forest Res 6: 195. doi: 10.4172/2168-9776.1000195
Copyright: © 2017 Firuzan A et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Cadmium is an unnecessary and toxic element for plants which enters the soil through different human activities. Heavy elements such as cadmium produced by urban, industrial and agricultural main activities lead to the contamination of water resources. On the other hand, given the increasing need for afforestation in Iran, it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive research on fast-growing Populous species and the role of these plants in absorbing heavy metals, including cadmium. For this reason, using Populous seedlings in two control and contaminated areas, the accumulation rate of cadmium metal in the air and ground areas was tested. After the data collection, results were calculated using ANOVA test. The cadmium metal accumulation rate in the contaminated areas of the leave, stem and root is 86 mg/kg, 94 mg/kg and 67 mg/kg, respectively and also the amount of cadmium metal in soil in the depths of 0-10 cm and 10-20 cm is 43 mg/kg and 28 mg/kg, respectively. Based on the results obtained from the research, Populous is a species relatively suitable for the accumulation of cadmium in the contaminated soils.