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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2019, Article ID 3240126, 6 pages
Research Article

A New Plant Indicator (Artemisia lavandulaefolia DC.) of Mercury in Soil Developed by Fourier-Transform Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Coupled with Least Squares Support Vector Machine

1College of Material and Chemical Engineering, Tongren University, Tongren 554300, Guizhou, China
2The Modernization Engineering Technology Research Center of Ethnic Minority Medicine of Hubei Province, College of Pharmacy, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, China
3Technology Center, China Tobacco Guizhou Industrial Co., Ltd., Guiyang 550009, Guizhou, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Lu Xu; moc.361@omehcxl and Shunping Xie; moc.qq@39711442

Received 3 July 2019; Accepted 17 August 2019; Published 9 September 2019

Guest Editor: Sanja Sakan

Copyright © 2019 Lu Xu 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.


A rapid indicator of mercury in soil using a plant (Artemisia lavandulaefolia DC., ALDC) commonly distributed in mercury mining area was established by fusion of Fourier-transform near-infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy coupled with least squares support vector machine (LS-SVM). The representative samples of ALDC (stem and leaf) were gathered from the surrounding and distant areas of the mercury mines. As a reference method, the total mercury contents in soil and ALDC samples were determined by a direct mercury analyzer incorporating high-temperature decomposition, catalytic adsorption for impurity removal, amalgamation capture, and atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). Based on the FT-NIR data of ALDC samples, LS-SVM models were established to distinguish mercury-contaminated and ordinary soil. The results of reference analysis showed that the mercury level of the areas surrounding mercury mines (0–3 kilometers, 7.52–88.59 mg/kg) was significantly higher than that of the areas distant from mercury mines (>5 kilometers, 0–0.75 mg/kg). The LS-SVM classification model of ALDC samples was established based on the original spectra, smoothed spectra, second-derivative (D2) spectra, and standard normal transformation (SNV) spectra, respectively. The prediction accuracy of D2-LS-SVM was the highest (0.950). FT-NIR combined with LS-SVM modeling can quickly and accurately identify the contaminated ALDC. Compared with traditional methods which rely on naked eye observation of plants, this method is objective and more sensitive and applicable.