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Cadmium: From Toxicity to Essentiality

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Chapter title
Cadmium Toxicity in Plants
Chapter number 13
Book title
Cadmium: From Toxicity to Essentiality
Published in
Metal ions in life sciences, January 2013
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-5179-8_13
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Book ISBNs
978-9-40-075178-1, 978-9-40-075179-8

Elisa Andresen, Hendrik Küpper


Cadmium is an important pollutant in the environment, toxic to most organisms and a potential threat to human health: Crops and other plants take up Cd from the soil or water and may enrich it in their roots and shoots. In this review, we summarize natural and anthropogenic reasons for the occurrence of Cd toxicity, and evaluate the observed phytotoxic effects of plants growing in Cd-supplemented soil or nutrient solution. Cd-induced effects include oxidative stress, genotoxicity, inhibition of the photosynthetic apparatus, and inhibition of root metabolism. We explain proposed and possible interactions between these modes of toxicity. While discussing recent and older studies, we further emphasize the environmental relevance of the experiments and the physiological response of the plant.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 122 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 26 21%
Student > Bachelor 20 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 12%
Researcher 14 11%
Other 9 7%
Other 25 20%
Unknown 14 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 57 46%
Environmental Science 16 13%
Chemistry 11 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 6%
Engineering 4 3%
Other 9 7%
Unknown 19 15%