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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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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/15226510802100440

Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Earth Systems Science
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:3409
Uncontrolled Keywords:modeling fate events and processes (FEPS) analysis equilibrium partitioning fruit internal transport PLANT UPTAKE CONTAMINANTS FATE ROOTS CROPS SOILS S-35
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