Effect of heavy metal contamination on the DNA Mutation on Nepenthes plant from abandoned mine

Carolyn Melissa Payus and Tan, Siak Ying and Wong, Nyet Kui (2016) Effect of heavy metal contamination on the DNA Mutation on Nepenthes plant from abandoned mine. Research Journal of Environmental Toxicology, 10 (4). pp. 193-204. ISSN 1819-3420

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Objective: Heavy metal contamination on water, soil, crops and including to the other living organisms, including their effects on DNA mutation in abandoned mine is highlighted in this study Methodology: In this study, 6 toxic metals, Zn, Pb, Fe, Cd, Cr and Mn in Nepenthes plants at an abandoned copper mine site were investigated. A total of 20 Nepenthes plants were collected from different sites of the abandoned mine. Metal concentration was determined using the Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP/OES) technique and electrophoresis gel and Inter Simple Sequence Repeat (ISSR) amplification processes for DNA mutation analysis. The total concentration trend of metal concentrations recorded with Cu (up to 88.797 mg kg–1)>Mn (39.018 mg kg–1)>Zn (30.260 mg kg–1)>Pb (8.206 mg kg–1)>Cd (0.168 mg kg–1). Results: The results also showed that concentration of heavy metals in Nepenthes plants collected from the abandoned mine were much higher than in control plants. However, the concentrations were still under the tolerance limit of heavy metals in plants except for Cu concentration. Besides, the concentration of heavy metals generally is higher in the flowers of the plants. For DNA analysis, based on the image obtained the result showed the DNA bands were located at the same location with the control Nepenthes which indicated there is no mutation occurred for the Nepenthes collected from the abandoned mine. Conclusion: From the result it is suggested that pitcher plant such Nepenthes may act as a potential phytoextraction of heavy metal from contaminated soil or water compounds at the abandoned mine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heavy metal, Nepenthes plant, DNA mutation, abandoned mine
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Science and Natural Resources
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 11:45
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2020 11:52
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/19426

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