Soil-to-Plant Transfer Factors of Rare Earth Elements in Rice (Oryza sativa L.)

María Aurora Mesa-Pérez, Oscar Díaz-Rizo, Marie J. Tavella, David Bagué, José Miguel Sánchez-Pérez


The present study describes the distribution and bioaccumulation of rare earth elements (REEs) in rice plants grown in San Pedro farm, located in San José de las Lajas Municipality, Mayabeque Province, Cuba. The results indicate that accumulation of REEs in different parts of plants follows the order: root>leaf>husk>grain. The transfer factor (TF) values of REEs in rice were determined, confirming that REE content in rice grains, roots, leaves and husks do not attempt on their use for human consumption and animal food, respectively.


Rare earth elements (REEs); soils; rice (Oryza sativa L.); transfer factors


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