Heavy metal composition in the Plantago major L. from center of the Murmansk City, Kola Peninsula, Russia

  • Miłosz Andrzej Huber Department of Geology and Lithosphere Protection, Faculty of Earth Science and Spatial Management, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, 2d Kraśnicka St., Lublin, Poland
  • M. Y. Menshakova Department of Natural Sciences, Murmansk Arctic State University, 6 Kommuny St., Murmansk, Russia
  • S. Chmiel Department of Hydrography, Faculty of Earth Science and Spatial Management, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, 2d Kraśnicka St., Lublin, Poland
  • G. V. Zhigunova Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Murmansk Arctic State University, 15 Kapten Egorov St. Murmansk, Russia
  • R. Dębicki Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection, Faculty of Earth Science and Spatial Management, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, 2d Kraśnicka St., Lublin, Poland
  • О. А. Iakovleva Department of Russian Language, Slavian Philology Institute, Humanist Faculty, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Maria Curie Skłodowska Sq., Lublin, Poland
Keywords: Plantago major, Pollution, Environment, Geochemistry


Plantago major is an indicator of environmental pollution in the city. The plant grows along the traversed paths, close to the sidewalks. Contaminating substances accumulate on the leaves of the plantain. In the summer of 2016, samples of plants were collected in the central Murmansk region for analysis using a scanning electron microscope to identify dust particles on their surface, and to study leaves using the ICP-MS method to determination of heavy metals content. A relatively serious concentration of lead, zinc, copper, nickel as well as high arsenic and chromium content has been demonstrated in the city center, along with ties with human activities (vehicular traffic). High iron content is associated with peat soils used in the city for fertilization. The remaining metal content is relatively low.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1461064


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Huber, M.; Menshakova, M.; Chmiel, S.; Zhigunova, G.; Dębicki, R.; IakovlevaО. Heavy Metal Composition in the Plantago Major L. From Center of the Murmansk City, Kola Peninsula, Russia. European Journal of Biological Research 2018, 8, 214-223.
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