One of the main environmental pollutants is heavy metals. Due to extensive usage in industry, these metals enter biological cycle rapidly and contaminated water and soil resources rapidly. The contamination of vegetable crops with heavy metals is a health concern. Therefore, monitoring levels of heavy metals in vegetables can provide useful information for promoting food safety. The concentration of beneficial as well as toxic metals in industry effluents, soils and selected vegetables from irrigation farms in Ethiopia is less, in which pesticide, fertilizer; municipal and industrial sewage effluents are discharged in to irrigation farms around Eastern industry zone. Cabbage, lettuce, and spinach are selected and most commonly-consumed edible vegetables which are cultivated by using wastewater, due to lack of irrigation water in the study area. Therefore, I would be interested to know the extent of heavy metals in the specific area.
Currently Dagne Bekele is working as an associate researcher in the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. My main areas of research interest are evaluation of soil fertility status for balanced use of fertilizers for various crops and advisory services to the researcher and farmers regarding soil, water, plants and fertilizer analysis.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Heavy metals, Sequential Fractionation, Mobility Factors, effluent, Eastern Industry Zone, food safetly, Pollution, Food Contamination, Water Contamination
SCIENCE / Horticulture