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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 407274, 8 pages
Research Article

Concentration of Inorganic Elements Content in Benthic Seaweeds of Fernando de Noronha Archipelago by Synchrotron Radiation Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis (SRTXRF)

1Departamento de Física e Química, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, 14040-903 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
2Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de São Paulo, 05508-080 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Lychnoflora Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Produtos Naturais LTDA, Incubadora SUPERA, Campus da USP, 14040-900 Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
4Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, 05513-970 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
5Departamento de Botânica, Ecologia e Zoologia, Centro de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59072-970 Natal, RN, Brazil
6Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, 05508-090 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
7Coordenação de Pesquisa em Produtos Naturais, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia, 69060-001 Manaus, AM, Brazil

Received 31 August 2011; Accepted 13 October 2011

Academic Editor: Ricardo Vessecchi

Copyright © 2012 Leandro De Santis Ferreira et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


SRTXRF was used to determine As, Ba, Br, Ca, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Dy, Fe, K, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Rb, Sr, Ti, V, and Zn in eleven seaweed species commonly found in Fernando de Noronha: Caulerpa verticillata (J. Agardh) (Chlorophyta), Asparagopsis taxiformis (Delile), Dictyurus occidentalis (J. Agardh), Galaxaura rugosa (J. Ellis & Solander) J. V. Lamouroux, G. obtusata (J. Ellis & Solander) J. V. Lamouroux, G. marginata (J. Ellis & Solander) J. V. Lamouroux (Rhodophyta), Dictyota cervicornis (Kützing), Dictyopteris justii (J. V. Lamouroux), Dictyopteris plagiogramma (Montagne) Vickers, Padina gymnospora (Kützing) Sonder, and a Sargassum sp. (Phaeophyta). Data obtained were compared to those from the analysis of other parts of the world seaweeds using different analytical techniques and were found to be in general agreement in terms of major and minor elemental components. Results provide baseline information about the absorption and accumulation of these elements by macroalgae in the area.