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Uptake, translocation, and accumulation of manufactured iron oxide nanoparticles by pumpkin plants

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Abstract

Rapid development and application of nanomaterials and nanotechnology make assessment of their potential health and environmental impacts on humans, non-human biota, and ecosystems imperative. Here we show that pumpkin plants (Cucurbita maxima), grown in an aqueous medium containing magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles, can absorb, translocate, and accumulate the particles in the plant tissues. These results suggest that plants, as an important component of the environmental and ecological systems, need to be included when evaluating the overall fate, transport and exposure pathways of nanoparticles in the environment.

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The article was received on 09 Apr 2008, accepted on 29 Apr 2008 and first published on 13 May 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B805998E
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2008,10, 713-717
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    Uptake, translocation, and accumulation of manufactured iron oxide nanoparticles by pumpkin plants

    H. Zhu, J. Han, J. Q. Xiao and Y. Jin, J. Environ. Monit., 2008, 10, 713
    DOI: 10.1039/B805998E

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