A semi-quantitative approach to deriving a model structure for the uptake of organic chemicals by vegetation
Collins, C. D. (2008) A semi-quantitative approach to deriving a model structure for the uptake of organic chemicals by vegetation. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 10 (5). pp. 371-377. ISSN 1522-6514
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An expert elicitation exercise was undertaken to determine those components and processes that are most important for modeling plant uptake of organic chemicals. The state of our knowledge of these processes was also assessed. This semi-quantitative analysis allowed the construction of an idealized model with seven compartments; soil bulk, soil water, roots, stem, leaves, fruit, and air. Three main areas were identified further research: 1) the uptake of organic chemicals by fruit; 2) the internal transfer of organic chemicals between plant structures (e.g., stem and leaves); and 3) the transfer via the soil-air-plant pathway. Until new data becomes available to quantify these processes, it is proposed that an equilibrium partitioning approach is used between plant components other than fruit or that models consist of both an edible and inedible compartment.