Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Echium italicum L. Plants

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Uçar Sözmen E. , Özyazıcı M. A. , Özel S. , Karaköy T., Öktüren Asrı F., Kütük Dinçel N. G. , ...More

Notulae Scientia Biologicae, vol.10, no.3, pp.424-429, 2018 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.15835/nsb10310349
  • Title of Journal : Notulae Scientia Biologicae
  • Page Numbers: pp.424-429


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 behavior 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.