Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Plant Sciences


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Lead poisoning is a problem for many urban areas and Rochester is no exception. The large number of older homes and high traffic areas of a city as large as Rochester create a city with a high potential for lead poisoning. This paper presents research in which the soil from Rochester area homes was tested for lead content. The samples were digested using EPA Method 3050B section 7.5 and analyzed for lead by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. The majority of the houses were found to have concentrations of lead higher than the EPA accepted values of 400 ppm for play areas and 1200 ppm for non-play areas. Plant uptake studies were conducted to identify plants that are able to remove lead from the soil and ones that are safe to consume when planted in lead contaminated soil. The results are preliminary and as such cannot yet be used to draw any conclusions.

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