Cadmium tolerance in populations of Agrostis tenuis and Festuca ovina

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IT is well known that plant populations growing on soils contaminated with heavy metals are genetically tolerant to those metals. This adaptation is not found in populations growing on normal soils (ref. 1 and review in ref. 2). Most of the literature is concerned with the resistance of plants to Pb, Zn and Cu3–8, but Cd salts too are often present in the soils of areas polluted by those metals. I have therefore investigated the occurence of Cd tolerance in some Belgian and German populations of Agrostis tenuis Sibth. and Festuca ovina L. sensu lato.

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