This study was undertaken with the aim of investigating the effect of Cd2+ and Ni2+ containing solutions on selected physiological parameters (metal uptake, chlorophyll a fluorescence, assimilation pigment composition, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance production, and ergosterol content) in the lichens Peltigera rufescens and Cladina arbuscula subsp. mitis growing on historic copper mine-spoil heaps at A1/2ubietova-Podlipa, Slovakia. Physiological measurements did not confirm significantly higher sensitivity to Cd and Ni of the cyanolichen P. rurescens compared to the green-algal lichen C. arbuscula subsp. mitis. Under natural conditions, C. arbuscula subsp. mitis is able to grow directly on copper mine heaps of Central Slovakia, while P. rufescens grows only on their margins. A crucial factor for this limited distribution of P. rufescens may be, at least in part, the higher intracellular accumulation of metals. Although lichen photobionts are generally regarded as key elements of lichen sensitivity, further research is necessary to elucidate this point since the higher levels of intracellular Cd and Ni do not allow to regard cyanobacterial photobionts of P. rufescens as more sensitive than the eukaryotic ones of C. arbuscula subsp. mitis.
|Titolo:||Physiological aspects of cadmium and nickel toxicity in the lichens Peltigera rufescens and Cladina arbuscula subsp. mitis|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|