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Beryllium in the environment: Whether fatal for plant growth?


Shah, AN and Tanveer, M and Hussain, S and Yang, G, Beryllium in the environment: Whether fatal for plant growth?, Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology, 15, (4) pp. 549-561. ISSN 1569-1705 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11157-016-9412-z


Beryllium could be a threatening heavy metal pollutant in the agro-ecosystem that may severely affect the performance of crops. Beryllium is used in various industries to make nuclear weapons and reactors, aircraft and space vehicle structures, instruments, and X-ray machines, and its entry into the environment is alarming for the productivity and sustainability of the ecosystem. In this review, we present a contemporary synthesis of the existing data regarding the toxic effects of beryllium on toxicity on biochemical and physiological processes in plants. Moreover, uptake, translocation, and assimilation of beryllium and its interaction with some essential mineral elements are also discussed. Although limited data are available regarding biochemical responses of plants to beryllium toxicity, we tried to clarify some basic physiological and biochemical steps that can be hampered by beryllium in plants. We linked our hypothetical concepts with previous evidence and provide a comprehensive summary of all possible remediation strategies that can be used for plants. Overall, we hope this review will be beneficial due to its practical implications and research directions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:beryllium, ecotoxicology, enzyme, metal, plant growth and nutrition, remediation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Other plant production and plant primary products
Objective Field:Other plant production and plant primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tanveer, M (Mr Mohsin Tanveer)
ID Code:117668
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-06-23
Last Modified:2017-08-30

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