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Trace elements and heavy metals in selected medical, spice and dietetic eatable plants

Data concerning the content of micronutrients and heavy metals in special plant products (spice plants, medicinal plants, dietetic products) from Austria were collected and compared to other food of plant origin. Special attention is given to cadmium, which is highly mobile in soils and available to plants.
Different aspects concerning the Cd uptake of plants are studied in pot experiments. Mainly the repartition of this element in the plant, the influence of other trace elements and some climatic and soil parameters are considered. Among the test plants are poppy (Papaver somniferum), chamomilla (Chamomilla recutita) and St. John´s wort (Hypericum perforatum). These experiments give information which plant tend to accumulate Cd and which cultivation techniques are suitable to minimize the Cd uptake.
Project leader
Chizzola Remigius
Type of Research
Applied research
Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds
Funded by
7 Publications

Chizzola, R (2005): Cadmium and micronutrient accumulation in yarrow. Phyton-Ann Rei Bot Austria 2005; 45(2): 159-171.

Chizzola, R; Lukas, B (2006): Variability of the cadmium content in Hypericum species collected in Eastern Austria. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution (170) 331-343.

Chizzola, R; Mitteregger, US (2005): Cadmium and zinc interactions in trace element accumulation of chamomile. Journal of Plant Nutrition (28) 1383-1396.

Chizzola, R; Michitsch, H; Franz, C (2003): Monitoring of metallic micronutrients and heavy metals in herbs, spices and medicinal plants from Austria. European Food Research and Technology (216) 407-411.

Lukas, B (2002): Cadmium- und Spurenelementgehalt in Johanniskrautarten an Wildstandorten in Ostösterreich. Diplomarbeit, Univ. Wien, pp. 104.

Mitteregger, U; Chizzola, R (2001): Cadmium-Zink-Interaktionen bei der Spurenelementaufnahme der Kamille (Chamomilla recutita (L.) Rauschert). 7. Donausymposium Pharmakognosie - Pharmazeutische Biologie, Schloß Bach, St. Urban, Kärnten, 24.-27.05.2001. 7. Donausymposium Pharmakognosie - Pharmazeutische Biologie, Schloß Bach, St. Urban, Kärnten, 24.-27.05.2001.

Chizzola, R (2001): Micronutrient Composition of Papaver somniferum L. Grown under Low Cadmium Stress Condition. Journal of Plant Nutrition (24) 1663-1677.

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