Arsenic behaviour from groundwater and soil to crops: Impacts on agriculture and food safety

Alex Heikens, Golam M. Panaullah, Andy A. Meharg

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Arsenic (As) in groundwater poses a major health concern in Asia. To date, unacceptably high As levels in groundwater resources have been found in parts of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Viet Nam (Mandal and Suzuki 2002; Ng et al. 2003). Numerous reviews on arsenic in the environment have been published recently (Chakraborti et al. 2002; Mandal and Suzuki 2002; Ng et al. 2003; WHO 2001). Bangladesh was reported to have the highest percentage (~25%) of contaminated shallow tube wells (STW), and an estimated 30 million people are dependent on these water wells for domestic purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationContinuation of Residue Reviews
EditorsDavid M. Whitacre, Dr. George W. Ware, Dr. Herbert N. Nigg, Dr. Daniel R. Doerge, Lilia A. Albert, Pim de Voogt, Charles P. Gerba, O. Hutzinger, James B. Knaak, Foster L. Mayer, D. P. Morgan, Douglas L. Park, Ronald S. Tjeerdema, Raymond S. H. Yang, Francis A. Gunther
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-35368-5
ISBN (Print)978-0-387-35367-8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2006

Publication series

NameReviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
PublisherSpringer New York
ISSN (Print)0179-5953


  • oryza-sativa l.
  • West-Bengal
  • silene-vulgaris
  • phytochelatin accumulation
  • Bangladesh groundwater
  • delta sediments
  • holcus-lanatus
  • affected area
  • iron plaque
  • rice

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