Differences in U root-to-shoot translocation between plant species explained by U distribution in roots

Anne Straczek, Lise Duquène, Jean Wannijn, Hildegarde Vandenhove, Darius Wegrynek, Ernesto Chinea-Cano, Jacques Navez, Hans Vanmarcke

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    Accumulation and distribution of uranium in roots and shoots of four plants species differing in their cation exchange capacity of roots (CECR) was investigated. Higher U concentrations were measured in roots of dicots which showed a higher CECR than monocot species. Chemical extractions indicated that uranium is mostly located in the apoplasm of roots of monocots but that it is predominantly located in the symplasm of roots of dicots. Distribution of uranium in roots was investigated through chemical extraction of roots for all species. Additionally, longitudinal and radial distribution of U in roots of maize and Indian mustard, respectively showing the lowest and the highest translocation, was studied following X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis of specific root sections. Chemical analysis and XRF analysis of roots of maize and Indian mustard clearly indicated a higher longitudinal and radial transport of U in roots of Indian mustard than in roots of maize, where uranium mostly accumulated in root tips. These results showed that even if CECR could partly explain U accumulation in roots, other mechanisms like radial and longitudinal transport are implied in the translocation of U to the shoot.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)258-266
    JournalJournal of environmental radioactivity
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 18 Jan 2010

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