Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Echium italicum L. Plants


  • Esra UCAR Cumhuriyet University, Sivas Vocational School, Department of Crop and Animal Production, 58140, Sivas (TR)
  • Sevda OZEL Cumhuriyet University, Department of Geophysical Enigneering, Sivas 58140 (TR)
  • Tolga KARAKOY Cumhuriyet University, Sivas Vocational School, Department of Crop and Animal Production, 58140, Sivas (TR)
  • Filiz OKTUREN ASRI Bati Akdeniz Agricultural Research Institute, Antalya (TR)
  • Gulsah Kutuk DINCEL Cumhuriyet University, Sivas Vocational School, Department of Crop and Animal Production, 58140, Sivas (TR)
  • Burak DINCEL Cumhuriyet University, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Plant Science, Agricultural Philosophy, Sivas (TR)



Echium italicumL; heavy metal; Pb-Cd-Hg; pollution


Plants and their components have maintained importance in human life as medicinal and aromatic ingredients that have been used by people for many centuries. Nature is the chief source of these valuable resources and humans use these plants directly after collection from their habitat. Therefore, the places where such plants grow have become highly important for understanding the role and behaviour of the accumulation of various elements, especially heavy metals. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the levels of heavy metals in Echium italicum L. plants collected from seven different locations in the province of Sivas in Northern Turkey. Heavy metal pollution was determined in the analysis of the plants. A significant difference was observed in the amounts of heavy metals between plants growing in areas with high vehicle traffic and in the plants growing in low traffic areas. This is of great importance for medical and aromatic plants, which are usually collected from areas of natural growth. Therefore, when these plants are collected from the wild, low traffic areas should be selected. 


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How to Cite

UCAR, E., OZEL, S., KARAKOY, T., OKTUREN ASRI, F., DINCEL, G. K., & DINCEL, B. (2018). Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Echium italicum L. Plants. Notulae Scientia Biologicae, 10(3), 424–429.



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DOI: 10.15835/nsb10310349