Mercury speciation, distribution, and bioaccumulation in a river catchment impacted by compact fluorescent lamp manufactures

Peng Liang, Xinbin Feng, Qiongzhi You, Jin Zhang, Yucheng Cao, Anna Oi Wah LEUNG, Shengchun Wu*

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Abstract

The influence from the manufacturing of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) on mercury (Hg) speciation and distribution in river catchments nearby a typical CFL manufacturing area in China was investigated. Water, sediment, river snail (Procambarus clarkii), and macrophyte (Paspalum distichum L.) samples were collected. Total Hg (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) concentrations in water ranged from 1.06 to 268 ng · L−1 and N.D. −2.14 ng · L−1, respectively. MeHg was significantly positively correlated with THg in water. THg and MeHg in sediment ranged from 15.0 to 2480 and 0.06 to 1.85 ng · g−1, respectively. River snail samples exhibited high concentrations of THg (206–1437 ng · g−1) and MeHg (31.4–404 ng · g−1). THg and MeHg concentrations in root of P. distichum L. were significantly higher than those in shoot, indicating that THg and MeHg in the plant were mainly attributed to root assimilation. A very high bioaccumulation factor (20.9 ± 22.1) for MeHg in P. distichum L was noted, suggesting that P. distichum L. might have a potential role in phytoremediating MeHg contaminated soil due to its abnormal uptake capacity to MeHg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10903-10910
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume23
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

User-Defined Keywords

  • Aquatic ecosystem
  • Mercury contamination
  • Methylmercury
  • Paspalum distichum L
  • Procambarus clarkii

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