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 This study examined the uptake of nitrogen by external hyphae of an arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus (Glomus intraradices Schenck & Smith) and its impact on physiological responses in maize plants subjected to well-watered or drought-stressed conditions. Plants were grown in compartmented boxes divided by a nylon mesh (40 μm) into a root compartment and(More)
This paper presents multi-element profiles of indoor dust versus exterior soils and dusts from 50 residences located in 10 neighborhoods across Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Mercury concentrations were determined using nitric-sulphuric acid digestion and cold vapor AAS. Concentrations of 31 other elements were determined using nitric-hydrofluoric acid(More)
 The effects of root colonization by the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus Glomus intraradices Schenck & Smith on nutritional, growth, and reproductive attributes of two tropical maize cultivars with different sensitivities to drought were studied. Freshly regenerated seeds of selection cycles 0 (cv. C0, drought-sensitive) and 8 (cv. C8, drought-resistant)(More)
The contents of Ag, As, Ba, Be, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, P, Pb, Se, Sr, Th, Ti and Zn in 143 autopsied liver and kidney specimens from two Ontario communities (Kingston and Ottawa) were determined using the techniques of inductively-coupled plasma--atomic emission spectrometry, and electrothermal atomization--atomic absorption(More)
A second national survey was done to ascertain the levels of Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn, Ca, and Mg in Canadian drinking water supplies. Raw, treated, and distributed water samples collected from 71 municipalities across Canada were analyzed both by atomic absorption spectrophotometry using the direct method and by an APDC-MIBK extraction procedure. As in(More)
In any well-defined study, a sample preservation and storage scheme compatible with the information or analyte sought should be incorporated. This article emphasizes the need for preservation and storage of biological fluids collected for trace element determination; cites the major factors, such as container material, container pretreatment, storage time,(More)
Stable lead was determined in post-mortem samples of human bones from three Canadian cities. All age groups and both sexes were represented. The cities selected for investigation were Winnipeg, Montreal and Charlottetown. No significant difference was found between the locations, although levels tended to be higher for Montreal. Mean lead concentrations(More)
The authors visited the State of West Bengal, India, in August 1996, as consultants to the World Health Organization (WHO). The general mandate of the mission was to formulate recommendations to the Government of India regarding its efforts to assist the Government of West Bengal in remedying health problems arising from the presence of arsenic in(More)
Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) is increasingly becoming the method of choice for the determination of Pb in blood. The major GFAAS methods that have been published to date include: (i) direct introduction of the sample into the furnace; (ii) dilution with water, Triton X-100 or acid; (iii) deproteinization with nitric acid; (iv)(More)