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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Analysis Of Heavy Metal Contents In Soil And Vegetables Grown Near Gautam Budh Nagar, U.P., India

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Richa Saxena, D.K. Saxena



Index Terms: Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, cabbage, Gautam Budh Nagar, Heavy metals, leafy vegetables, Soil, Spinach.



Abstract: This paper analyses the heavy metal contents of soil and leafy vegetables grown near Gautam budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh, India. The heavy metals Pb, Cd, Mn, Zn and Cu were analysed using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. The soil and vegetable samples were collected from five different sites near GB Nagar district (UP). The leafy vegetables taken for study are cabbage and spinach which are commonly grown in this area. The vegetable samples were collected from the varying distances from the roadside. The results of the study showed that the Pb content in most of the vegetable samples were higher than the permissible limits as defined by the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954. The concentration of other heavy metals were within the safe limits in both the vegetables. Among the heavy metals studied, Pb concentration was highest at three sites and at other two sites Cu concentration was the highest. The results also indicated that heavy metal concentration tend to slightly decrease as the distance from the roadside increases.



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