HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Measuring perchlorate levels in lettuce

A leak from a rocket fuel plant into the groundwater near Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas, has led to perchlorate contamination in the lower Colorado River. As the river moves from Nevada to Mexico the water is redirected for urban, industrial and agricultural use. Colorado River water is used for both drinking and irrigation throughout the region.

A concern that perchlorate would make its way into the human food chain through vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce has been the stimulus for research by University of Arizona Research Scientist Charles Sanchez, director of the Yuma Agricultural Center, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Perchlorate is one of the main ingredients of solid rocket propellant. Improper disposal of perchlorate-containing chemicals may result in contaminated soil and water. Because it can affect humans by inhibiting the thyroid's uptake of iodine, Sanchez has been evaluating the extent to which perchlorate is found in desert food crops irrigated with Colorado River water. Perchlorate levels in water have been as high as 14 parts per billion, detected at Lake Mead, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam.

"What I measure in water at the Imperial Diversion Dam near Yuma ranges from two to seven parts per billion," Sanchez says. The lower concentrations may be due to biological factors, such as uptake by aquatic and riparian plant species along the river, and perhaps microbial reduction. It appears that microbial organisms capable of reducing perchlorate to chloride are fairly widespread, however conditions that favor this reaction rarely exist in nature.

A preliminary survey conducted in 2002-2003 generally found perchlorate concentrations near or below detection for most vegetable crop species sampled, including most vegetables eaten as roots and fruits. The exception was leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, where the foliage is consumed. However, f
'"/>

Contact: Charles Sanchez
sanchez@ag.arizona.edu
928-782-3836
University of Arizona
29-Jan-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Measuring artificial viruses to improve disease detection
2. Measuring blood sugar with a wave of the arm
3. Measuring the muscle: new study by Scripps researchers depicts how the tunas body is built for speed
4. Measuring alcohol levels in breath, blood and now the brain
5. Echocardiography Is Effective In Measuring Microvascular Damage From Heart Attacks
6. Microsurgery Made More Accurate With Virtual Measuring Tool
7. Blue marlin in gulf have high mercury levels, A&M study shows
8. Flame retardant levels much higher in farmed salmon
9. Excess levels of nitrogen, phosphorus linked to deformed frogs
10. Maternal DHA levels plays important role in infant development
11. Moderate alcohol consumption increases plasma levels of a protective hormone

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Measuring perchlorate levels lettuce

(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 13, 2015 Technology Showcase, Hall E ... identity authentication solutions, today announced it will showcase its EyeLock ... developed by the Department of Energy,s Oak Ridge National ... Auto Show . EyeLock,s iris identity authentication technology is being ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... OXFORD, Conn. , Jan. 20, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... growing mobile commerce market, reports on the recent success of the Wocket™ ... Wocket smart wallet was named as one of the ... of the "5 Best Products Launched At CES So Far" by Newseveryday.com ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Europe,s ... European Patent Office to present a video retrospective of the most ... featured: Christofer Toumazou and Sophie Wilson   ... of the Award   Starting on 22 January 2015 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):EyeLock Debuts First Iris Authentication Technology Embedded in 3D Printed Automobile 2EyeLock Debuts First Iris Authentication Technology Embedded in 3D Printed Automobile 3CES Response for NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Kicks Off 2015 2CES Response for NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Kicks Off 2015 3Ten Years of the European Inventor Award: A Retrospective Look at the Inventors and Ideas That Have Changed Our Lives 2Ten Years of the European Inventor Award: A Retrospective Look at the Inventors and Ideas That Have Changed Our Lives 3
(Date:1/23/2015)... 2015 Portal Solutions , a technology ... Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint platforms , today announces ... for being one of the region’s fastest-growing mid-sized companies based ... , “To be recognized a second year in a ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... GEA Niro Soavi the leader in high ... PandaPLUS 2000, which is ideal for new applications for ... disruption . This compact laboratory homogenizer is the perfect ... food additives and ingredients as well as for the ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Protocol Networks brings independent technology consulting to ... independent consultants, Protocol Networks has recently announced its expansion ... years, his company has attracted several clients in The ... well as others. With the success of these engagements, ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... WI (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Dr. Greg ... the 12th annual Scripps Natural Supplements Pre-Conference seminar on probiotics ... Conference is an annual continuing education conference for health care ... and included the topic of probiotics in health. Dr. Leyer ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Washington SmartCEO Announces Portal Solutions as 2015 Future 50 Award Winner Second Year in a Row 2Washington SmartCEO Announces Portal Solutions as 2015 Future 50 Award Winner Second Year in a Row 3GEA Niro Soavi Announces the PandaPLUS 2000 Homogenizer for Processing New Applications for Nanoemulsions and Cell Disruption 2Protocol Networks Brings Independent Technology Consulting to the Constitution State 2
Cached News: