Lead Uptake, Toxicity, and Detoxification in Plants

  • Bertrand Pourrut
  • Muhammad Shahid
  • Camille Dumat
  • Peter Winterton
  • Eric PinelliEmail author
Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 213)


Plants are the target of a wide range of pollutants that vary in concentration, speciation, and toxicity. Such pollutants mainly enter the plant system through the soil (Arshad et al. 2008) or via the atmosphere (Uzu et al. 2010). Among common pollutants that affect plants, lead is among the most toxic and frequently encountered (Cecchi et al. 2008; Grover et al. 2010; Shahid et al. 2011). Lead continues to be used widely in many industrial processes and occurs as a contaminant in all environmental compartments (soils, water, the atmosphere, and living organisms). The prominence of environmental lead contamination results both from its persistence (Islam et al. 2008; Andra et al. 2009; Punamiya et al. 2010) and from its present and past numerous sources. These sources have included smelting, combustion of leaded gasoline, or applications of lead-contaminated media (sewage sludge and fertilizers) to land (Piotrowska et al. 2009; Gupta et al. 2009; Sammut et al. 2010; Grover et al. 2010). In 2009, production of recoverable lead from mining operations was 1690, 516, and 400 thousand metric tons by China, Australia, and the USA, respectively (USGS 2009).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bertrand Pourrut
    • 1
    • 2
  • Muhammad Shahid
    • 3
    • 4
  • Camille Dumat
    • 3
    • 4
  • Peter Winterton
    • 5
  • Eric Pinelli
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.LGCgE, Equipe Sols et environnementISALille CedexFrance
  2. 2.Université de ToulouseToulouseFrance
  3. 3.EcoLab (Laboratoire d’écologie fonctionnelle)INP-ENSATCastanet-TolosanFrance
  4. 4.EcoLab (Laboratoire d’écologie fonctionnelle)UMR 5245 CNRS-INP-UPSCastanet-TolosanFrance
  5. 5.Université Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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