Cadmium, Mercury and Lead in Hypericum perforatum L. collected in Western Serbia
1 Institute of Public Health of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro
2 Department of Toxicology „Akademik Danilo Soldatović“, University of Belgrade-Faculty of Pharmacy, Belgrade, Serbia
Wild population of Hypericum perforatum growing in Western Serbia was analyzed for the content of important environmental pollutants cadmium, mercury and lead. Metal contents were determined by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Obtained results showed that levels of mercury and lead were under while cadmium concentrations exceeded limits recommended for medicinal plants. High levels of cadmium in investigated plants can be the result of soil enriched with cadmium as well as the ability of Hypericum perforatum to accumulate cadmium.
Key words: Hypericum perforatum / cadmium / mercury / lead / Serbia
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