Accumulation of fluoride and aluminium related to different varieties of tea plant

Jianyun Ruan, Ming Hung WONG*

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Samples of young shoot, mature leaf, twig, root, and litter were taken from four recently bred varieties Zhe-nong 113, Zhe-nong 121, Zi-sun, and Bi-feng grown at two tea plantations located at Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces. The results showed that the concentrations of F and A1 in tea plants were significantly different among the four varieties. It is therefore possible that F and A1 concentrations in tea products can be reduced through variety selection. The results also revealed that old leaves would be the major contribution to the high levels of F and A1 in brick tea since it is produced mainly for old leaves. Therefore, in order to eliminate the hazard of over-exposure to F and A1 derived from tea, younger shoot should be used for making tea products while mature leaves should be avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-63
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Geochemistry and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Aluminium
  • Camellia sinensis L.
  • China
  • Fluoride
  • Soil factors
  • Tea leaves
  • Tea plantation


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