Investigation of Hg uptake and transport between paddy soil and rice seeds combining Hg isotopic composition and speciation

Feng, C., Pedrero, Z., Li, P., Du, B., Feng, X., Monperrus, M., Tessier, E., Berail, S. and Amouroux, D. (2016) Investigation of Hg uptake and transport between paddy soil and rice seeds combining Hg isotopic composition and speciation Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 4 . 000087. DOI 10.12952/journal.elementa.000087.

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Abstract

Human consumption of rice constitutes a potential toxicological risk in mercury (Hg) polluted areas such as Hg mining regions in China. It is recognized to be an important source of Hg for the local human diet considering the efficient bioaccumulation of methylmercury (MeHg) in rice seed. To assess Hg sources and uptake pathways to the rice plants, Hg speciation and isotopic composition were investigated in rice seeds and their corresponding paddy soils from different locations within the Wanshan Hg mining area (Guizhou Province, China). A large variation of Hg speciation is observed in rice seeds and paddy soils irrespective of the sampling location. Mass dependent fractionation (MDF) of Hg in rice seeds differs by up to ∼4.0 ‰ in δ202Hg values, while mass independent fractionation (MIF) of Hg isotopes remains constant (Δ199Hg ∼ 0‰). Hg isotopic composition in rice seeds covaries with that of paddy soils but exhibits lighter isotopic signature (δ202Hg). Such isotopic offset is mainly attributed to plant uptake and translocation processes. Also, seeds containing higher MeHg (MeHg/total Hg > 50%) have significantly heavier Hg isotopes suggesting that MeHg uptake and transport to the seed in such rice plants is facilitated compared to inorganic Hg.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000087
ISSN: 2325-1026
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 09:33
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 09:33
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/37876

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