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Xu L.,Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences | Xu L.,Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Agriculture Environment Monitoring | Cao S.,Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences | Cao S.,Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Agriculture Environment Monitoring | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | Year: 2016

Agricultural soil is typically an important component of urban ecosystems, contributing directly or indirectly to the general quality of human life. To understand which factors influence metal accumulation in agricultural soils in urban ecosystems is becoming increasingly important. Land use, soil type and urbanization indicators all account for considerable differences in metal accumulation in agricultural soils, and the interactions between these factors on metal concentrations were also examined. Results showed that Zn, Cu, and Cd concentrations varied significantly among different land use types. Concentrations of all metals, except for Cd, were higher in calcareous cinnamon soil than in fluvo-aquic soil. Expansion distance and road density were adopted as urbanization indicators, and distance from the urban center was significantly negatively correlated with concentrations of Hg, and negatively correlated with concentrations of Zn, and road density was positively correlated with Cd concentrations. Multivariate analysis of variance indicated that Hg concentration was significantly influenced by the four-way interaction among all factors. The results in this study provide basic data to support the management of agricultural soils and to help policy makers to plan ahead in Beijing. © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Source


Xu L.,Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences | Xu L.,Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Agriculture Environment Monitoring | Lu A.,Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences | Lu A.,Beijing Municipal Key Laboratory of Agriculture Environment Monitoring | And 7 more authors.
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety | Year: 2015

The accumulation status, sources and phytoavailability of selected metals in greenhouse vegetable production systems in peri-urban areas of Beijing were investigated. The mean concentrations of As, Cd, Cr, Hg and Pb in greenhouse soils were 8.44, 0.25, 69.0, 0.09 and 22.0mgkg-1, dw, respectively. According to principal component analysis, As, Cd, Cr and Hg are mainly from anthropogenic source, but Pb is likely from natural source. Metal concentrations in all vegetable samples were decreased in the order of Cr>As>Pb>Cd>Hg. Compared with root and fruit vegetables, leaf vegetables had relatively high concentrations and transfer factors of heavy metals, except for Cd. By including soil pH, OM and greenhouse soil metals, 10 empirical models were derived using stepwise multiple linear regression analysis to predict heavy metal concentrations in the edible parts of different vegetables. Among the different vegetable groups, the highest intakes of metals occurred through consumption of leaf vegetables for the two age groups, except for Cd. The HI value of the studied metals were all below 1, indicating that consumption of vegetables grown in greenhouse soils was of low risk to consumers in our study area. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Source

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