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Title: Synchrotron micro-scale measurement of metal distributions in Phragmites australis and Typha latifolia root tissue from an urban brownfield site

Liberty State Park in New Jersey, USA, is a “brownfield” site containing various levels of contaminants. To investigate metal uptake and distributions in plants on the brownfield site, Phragmites australis and Typha latifolia were collected in Liberty State Park during the growing season (May–September) in 2011 at two sites with the high and low metal loads, respectively. The objective of this study was to understand the metal (Fe, Mn, Cu, Pb and Zn) concentration and spatial distributions in P. australis and T. latifolia root systems with micro-meter scale resolution using synchrotron X-ray microfluorescence (μXRF) and synchrotron X-ray computed microtomography (μCMT) techniques. The root structure measurement by synchrotron μCMT showed that high X-ray attenuation substance appeared in the epidermis. Synchrotron μXRF measurement showed that metal concentrations and distributions in the root cross-section between epidermis and vascular tissue were statistically different. Significant correlations were found between metals (Cu, Mn, Pb and Zn) and Fe in the epidermis, implying that metals were scavenged by Fe oxides. The results from this study suggest that the expression of metal transport and accumulation within the root systems may be element specific. The information derived from this study can improve our current knowledge of the wetland plantmore » ecological function in brownfield remediation.« less
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  1. Montclair State Univ., Montclair, NJ (United States)
  2. The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ (United States)
  3. East China Normal Univ. (ECNU), Shanghai (China)
  4. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
BNL-108441-2015-JA; BNL-112048-2016-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 1001-0742; R&D Project: BO169; KC0304020
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; AC02-98CH10886
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Environmental Sciences
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 23; Journal ID: ISSN 1001-0742
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; Phragmites australis; Typha latifolia; trace metals; synchrotron radiation technique; brownfield; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1245288; OSTI ID: 1247975