African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Uptake of nutrients and heavy metals in cultivated and non-cultivated plant under atmospheric air pollution of Al-jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia

Hassan Sher1*, Mohammed N. El-Yemeni2 and Khalid Awadhal- Mutairi3
1Centre of Botany and Biodiversity Conservation, University of Swat, Pakistan. 2Botany and Microbiology Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P. O. Box: 2455 Riyadh 11451 Riyadh, Kingdom of  Saudi Arabia. 3Department of Plant Production, College of Agricultural Sciences, KSU, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 March 2012
  •  Published: 26 March 2012


The current paper deals with effects of ambient O3, SO2 and NO2 air pollution on major and minor elements uptake of cultivated and non-cultivated plants of near and far from Al-jubail Industrial City. The results of chemical analysis revealed that the heavy metals in soils decreased with distance from the source, controlled mainly by water movement and topography. All cultivated and non-cultivated plants of near to the city exhibited maximum content of major and minor elements as compared to far from the city. These results indicate that all plants were efficient in uptake of elements and tolerant to ambient O3, SO2 and NO2 air pollution. This study suggest to resolve different environmental problems in mining areas, where metal contamination may adversely influence plants, animal and human health.


Key words: Ambient O3, cultivated and non-cultivated plants, responses, resistance.