Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 229–233 | Cite as

Uptake and metabolism of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in higher plants

  • Elisabeth Görge
  • Sebastian Brandt
  • Dietrich Werner
Research Articles


The fate of the explosive 2,4,6-TNT in plants is of major interest. Therefore, a method was developed to analyse TNT and derivatives in plant tissue. The method was utilized to investigate the uptake and metabolism of TNT inMedicago sativa andAllium schoenoprasum grown in hydroponic cultures containing TNT levels of 0.1 to 10 mg/1. Detectable concentrations of nitrotoluenes were significantly higher inAllium schoenoprasum than inMedicago sativa. The uptake of TNT in plants was directly related to the initial TNT level. The principal nitroaromatic components in roots and shoots of both plant species were identified as 4-ADNT and 2-ADNT in equal amounts, with substantially less TNT.


Methylene Chloride Aromatic Amine Medicago Sativa Hydroponic Solution Nitrotoluenes 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Görge
    • 1
  • Sebastian Brandt
    • 1
  • Dietrich Werner
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich BiologiePhilipps Universität MarburgMarburgGermany

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