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  1. Vol. 36 No. 4, p. 1132-1136
    Received: July 18, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): amirhkhosh@cc.iut.ac.ir
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Preceding Crop Affects Grain Cadmium and Zinc of Wheat Grown in Saline Soils of Central Iran

  1. Amir H. Khoshgoftarmanesh *a and
  2. Rufus L. Chaneyb
  1. a Dep. of Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Univ. of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, 84154
    b USDA-ARS, Environmental Management and By-Product Utilization Lab., Beltsville, MD


Enhanced Cd concentrations in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) grain produced on saline soils of central Iran have been recently reported. Because wheat bread is a major dietary component for the Iranian people, practical approaches to decrease Cd concentration in wheat grain were investigated. This study investigated the influence of sunflower–wheat vs. cotton–wheat rotations on extractable Cd and on Cd uptake by wheat in these salt-affected soils. Two fields with different levels of Cd contamination (1.5 and 3.2 mg total Cd kg−1 dry soil) were cropped with different rotations (cotton–wheat and sunflower–wheat) in Qom province, central Iran. Seeds of cotton (Gossypium L.) or sunflower (Helianthus annuus L. cv. Record) were planted in plots. After harvesting of the plants and removal of crop residues, wheat (cv. Rushan) was seeded in all plots. For both studied soils, the concentrations of Cd extracted by 0.04 M EDTA and 1 M CaCl2 were significantly (P ≤ 0.05) greater after cotton than after sunflower. Accordingly, the total amount of Cd in sunflower shoot was significantly (P ≤ 0.05) greater than in the cotton shoot. Shoot Cd content in wheat plants grown after cotton and sunflower were significantly different; wheat shoots after cotton accumulated more Cd (two to four times) than after sunflower. Wheat grain Cd concentration after sunflower was much lower (more than seven times) than after cotton. The results of this study showed that sunflower in rotation with wheat in salt-affected soils of central Iran significantly reduced the risk of Cd transfer to wheat grain.

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