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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 7 (2010), S1, Pages S552-S558

Pathogens and Heavy Metals Concentration in Green Leafy Vegetables

Abida Begum1,2 and S. Harikrishna1,2

1Department of Chemistry, P.E.S School of Engineering, Bangalore-560100, India
2Department of Chemistry, Shirdi Sai Engineering College, Anekal, Bangalore, India

Received 3 March 2010; Accepted 23 May 2010

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Presence of heavy metal and bacterial pathogen in randomly collected samples of green leafy from various stations of Bengaluru city was detected. Heavy metals (cadmium, zinc, copper, iron, chromium, nickel and lead) were analyzed by tri-acid digestion method. The presence of heavy metals in general was in the order of Cd>Zn>Cu>Fe>Cr>Pb. Trace metal concentration in all green leafy vegetables of stations 1-5 were within permissible limit and it has been exceeded in station 6-10. This indicated high levels of soil contamination pose potential danger for the vegetables grown in the vicinity of Arakere lake, Bannerghatta road, Gottigere lake, Naganaikanakere, Bommasandra lake, Hulimavu lake, Kelaginakere and Amblipura lake. The total bacteria and coliforms were enumerated on TSA (Tryptone Soya Agar) and VRBA (Violet Red Bile Agar) media respectively. The total bacterial count in randomly collected samples of coriander ranged from 296 cfu/g to 8 cfu/g, in palak from 16 cfu/g to 0.9 cfu/g, whereas in case of cabbage was 104 cfu/g to 0.9 cfu/g which is an indication of improper pre-harvest and post harvest handling.