Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2020, Page: 23-28
Comparative Study on Heavy Metals and Hydrocarbons Accumulation in Cassava Tubers Harvested from Four Different Locations in Rivers State, Nigeria
Ndukwe Gloria Ihuoma, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Odinga Tamuno-boma, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Gabriel-Brisibe Christine Umanu, Department of Biochemistry, College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
George Damiete Amabinba, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Fou Erekedoumene, Department of Environmental Management and Control, Institute of Geoscience and Space Technology, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Received: Jun. 16, 2020;       Accepted: Jun. 28, 2020;       Published: Jul. 28, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijee.20200502.12      View  307      Downloads  35
The threat to humans, animals, and plants life by pollution due to gas flare and oil and gas industrial activities cannot be overemphasized. This study compared the hydrocarbons and heavy metals accumulation in cassava tubers harvested from four different locations in Rivers State. The study areas include Rukpoku, Rivers State University (RSU) farm, Eleme community and Nkpolu-Oroworukwo community. Cassava tubers were collected from farms located in the aforementioned areas, prepared and analyzed for hydrocarbons and heavy metals contents. Standard spectro-analytical method was used to determine the concentrations of zinc (Zn), iron (Fe), lead (Pb), copper (Cu) and manganese (Mn), while polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), total polycyclic hydrocarbon (TPH) and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene) were analyzed using standard chromatographic procedure. Results obtained from the analyses revealed the presence of heavy metals in all the samples in the order Eleme > Nkpolu-Oroworukwo > Rukpoku > RSU farm. Pb was not detected in the entire sample analyzed, Mn was below the permissible range, while Zn, Fe and Cu were above the permissible range. TPH was detected in all samples analyzed in the order Eleme > Nkpolu-Oroworukwo > Rukpoku > RSU farm. RSU farm had the least concentration of PAH, While BTEX was not detected in all samples analyzed. The results suggest the presence of heavy metals and hydrocarbons (anthracene, acenaphthene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, pyrene, benz (a) anthracene, benz (b) fluoranthene, indeno (1,2,3-cd) pyrene, dibenz (a, h) anthracene) in cassava tubers harvested from the study locations, but with greatest accumulation in samples from Eleme community and least in those from RSU farm. Consumption of such crops could pose health challenges to the consumers over time.
Hydrocarbon, Heavy Metals, Cassava, Eleme Community, Rivers State University Farm
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Ndukwe Gloria Ihuoma, Odinga Tamuno-boma, Gabriel-Brisibe Christine Umanu, George Damiete Amabinba, Fou Erekedoumene, Comparative Study on Heavy Metals and Hydrocarbons Accumulation in Cassava Tubers Harvested from Four Different Locations in Rivers State, Nigeria, International Journal of Ecotoxicology and Ecobiology. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 23-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ijee.20200502.12
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