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Memorias de investigación
Book chapters:
Metal contamination in the Mediterranean area and implications for the food chain
Year:2015
Research Areas
  • Agriculture
Information
Abstract
In recent decades, Mediterranean metropolitan areas have undergone rapid industrialisation and urbanisation, leading to an increase in trace metal contamination in soils and directly affecting public health. The Mediterranean basin is characterised by poorly developed soils or soils containing CaCO3 in one or several of their horizons. The metal retention capacity in calcareous soils is often high, and the low rainfall and high evapotranspiration characteristic of the Mediterranean climate also favours metal accumulation in the soil surface layer. The bioavailable metal concentration may be increased by the action of soil organisms and/or changes in environmental conditions, thus highlighting the vulnerability of these soils. This work reviews a number of studies on trace metal contamination in soils in the Mediterranean region, and reports on sources and contamination levels of metals in agricultural, mining, smelting, industrial and urban soils. It also discusses the soil properties affecting metal availability. In order to highlight the implications for the food chain, we reviewed and discussed the research carried out in the Mediterranean area into the bioaccumulation of metals in food and forage crops with regard to sources of metal pollution.
International
Si
10.3920/978-90-8686-806-3_27
Book Edition
1
Book Publishing
Wageningen AcademicPublishers
ISBN
978-90-8686-806-3
Series
Book title
Handbook fo public health in natural disasters. Human Health Handbooks no. 10
From page
465
To page
488
Participants
  • Autor: Ana de Santiago Martin (UCM)
  • Autor: Inmaculada ValverdeAsenjo (UCM)
  • Autor: Javier Pérez Esteban (UNED)
  • Autor: C Vaquero Perea (UCM)
  • Autor: Ana Maria Moliner Aramendia (UPM)
  • Autor: Concepción GonzálezHuecas (UCM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Departamento: Producción Agraria
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