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Amel LEHOUT, Nabil CHARCHAR, Heidar NOURINE & Hani BOUYAHMED*
Research team: Bio-remediation. Research division: Biotechnology and Environment. Biotechnology Research Center (C.R.Bt), BP 73 UV 03, Nouvelle ville Ali-Mendjli, Constantine (Algeria).
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THE EFFECT OF HEAVY METALS ON PLANT COMMUNITIES DISTRIBUTION IN AN ABANDONEND MINING AREA (NORTHEAST-ALGERIA), Carpathian Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, February 2018, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 37 – 45; DOI:10.26471/cjees/2018/013/004
We investigated the correlation between vascular flora and edaphic parameters [pH (water), total nitrogen (TN), organic matter (OM), carbon/nitrogen (C/N), cation exchange capacity (CEC), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu)] in the area of a former lead and zinc mine (Northeast-Algeria). The floristic and soil data were the subject of one-way variance analysis and canonical correspondence analysis (CCA). These statistical analyses highlighted five plant groupings. A grouping bound to cadmium and copper, a grouping connected to zinc, a grouping linked to lead and two other groupings seem independent from heavy metal contents. The results show a strong bioindicative value of identified plant communities on metallic pollution of the studied mining zone.
Keyword: plant communities, soil, heavy metals, mining area, canonical correspondence analysis.
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