Biomonitoring of heavy metals in the Eerste River catchment area
Elmayhob, Esam S. A.
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The risk of increasing global pollution dictates the need to understand environmental processes and develop innovative ways to monitor pollution levels and address associated problems. In order to address this need, this study used a selection of plants leaves (Commelina benghalesis, Paspalum urvillei, Persicaria lapathifolia and Salix babylonica) as biomonitors to assess the state of the environment, more specifically the concentration of certain heavy metal pollutants (Cu, Zn, Fe, Ni, Pb and Cd) of river water and soils in the Eerste River catchment, Western Cape, South Africa.