Heavy metals in topsoil under selected vegetable cultivation areas in Cameron highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Sahibin @ Sahibini Abd Rahim, Zulfahmi Ali Rahman, Tukimat Lihan, Ramlan Omar, Hashim Azman, Prihatino Errol, Kong Meng Lai

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Heavy metal contents of soil under vegetable cultivation in the Cameron Highlands were determined. Five stations selected for this purpose were Kg. Raja (forest reserve), Kuala Terla (cabbage), Tringkap (cabbage) and two stations at Blue Valley (cabbage and an abandoned tea plantation). Soil samples were collected during the harvesting season for cabbage. Soil in the tea plantation and forest were used for comparison. The mean of all of the heavy metals examined, except arsenic, were high in soil cultivated with cabbage compared to the soil under natural forest and tea plantation. The increase in heavy metal content for the agricultural area was attributed to the common practice of fertilizing, liming and pest control. Heavy metal content in all stations was within the normal range in soils but As and Zn concentrations were already within the potential toxic threshold in soil. Soil parameters such as pH, organic matter, silt and phosphorus content in soil had an influence on the enrichment of Pb, Co, Ni, Zn and Cr in soil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-43
Number of pages13
JournalMalaysian Journal of Science
Volume25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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vegetable growing
Malaysia
topsoil
highlands
heavy metals
cabbage
soil
tea
plantations
Raja
cultivation area
forest reserves
liming
arsenic
pest control
silt
soil organic matter
valleys
soil sampling
phosphorus

Keywords

  • Cameron Highlands
  • Heavy metals
  • Topsoil content
  • Vegetable cultivation

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Heavy metals in topsoil under selected vegetable cultivation areas in Cameron highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. / Abd Rahim, Sahibin @ Sahibini; Ali Rahman, Zulfahmi; Lihan, Tukimat; Omar, Ramlan; Azman, Hashim; Errol, Prihatino; Lai, Kong Meng.

In: Malaysian Journal of Science, Vol. 25, No. 1, 06.2006, p. 31-43.

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Abd Rahim, Sahibin @ Sahibini ; Ali Rahman, Zulfahmi ; Lihan, Tukimat ; Omar, Ramlan ; Azman, Hashim ; Errol, Prihatino ; Lai, Kong Meng. / Heavy metals in topsoil under selected vegetable cultivation areas in Cameron highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. In: Malaysian Journal of Science. 2006 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 31-43.
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