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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 01)
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Assessment of Cadmium and Lead in Soil and Tomatoes Grown in Irrigated Farmland of the Kaduna Metropolis Nigeria

W.L.O Jimoh and Mahmud Imam Mohammed
Corresponding Author:  Mahmud Imam Mohammad 

Key words:  Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, heavy metals, Kaduna metropolis, Nigeria, soil, spinach, Tomatoes,
Vol. 4 , (01): 55-59
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2011 July, 13 2011 August, 27 2011 January, 01

The objective of this study was to determine the level of cadmium and lead in soil and tomatoes grown in irrigated farmland of Kaduna metropolis. Twenty sampling sites were selected with one control site. Concentration of these metals was determined using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. In the soil analysis it was found that most of the concentrations were higher than obtained in the control site. The concentrations of tomatoes samples for cadmium were found to be in the range of 0.100.10 to 1.330.23 :g/g and lead ranged from 0.920.08 to 4.671.29 :g/g. This also shows that concentrations of cadmium and lead in tomatoes samples were above FAO/WHO Allimentarious standard. Pearson correlation shows positive correlation between soil and vegetable. Therefore, consumption of tomatoes from these study areas may constitute health hazard to human as at the time of this research work.
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W.L.O Jimoh and Mahmud Imam Mohammed, 2012. Assessment of Cadmium and Lead in Soil and Tomatoes Grown in Irrigated Farmland of the Kaduna Metropolis Nigeria.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(01): 55-59.
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