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Agricultural Science Digest, volume 40 issue 1 (march 2020) : 57-60

Estimation of Cadmium Levels in Local Banana (Musa) Fruits by ICP-MS Technology-A Pan India Study

Prachi Sinkar, Kallathi Kumar, Kajal Rai, Syam Praveen Kumar Jeepipalli
1Analytical Chemistry Division, Thyrocare Technologies Limited, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai-400 703, Maharashtra, India.
Cite article:- Sinkar Prachi, Kumar Kallathi, Rai Kajal, Jeepipalli Kumar Praveen Syam (2020). Estimation of Cadmium Levels in Local Banana (Musa) Fruits by ICP-MS Technology-A Pan India Study. Agricultural Science Digest. 40(1): 57-60. doi: 10.18805/ag.D-5077.
Industrial waste discharging into the irrigation water is a major cadmium source for plants. Over exploitation of chemical fertilizers in the agriculture is also a growing concern of cadmium accumulation into the plant. Purpose of this study was evaluation of cadmium prevalence in locally available banana fruits across the country. Microwave assisted acid digestion was used to homogenize the banana samples with subsequent analysis by ICP-MS technology. Banana samples from 59 districts of India were analyzed. Among the 59 districts of India, The districts of Tiruchirapalli and Bahraich had having highest cadmium levels respectively, 0.51 - 0.6 ng/g, 0.81 - 0.9 ng/g. Least banana cadmium levels (0-0.19 ng/g) was observed in banana from 28 districts of India. Study concludes that, bio-magnification of cadmium is the imminent danger. Phyotoremediation is welcoming approach.
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