Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1.1 MB)

Title: Distribution and uptake dynamics of mercury in leaves of common deciduous tree species in Minnesota, U.S.A.

Author: Laacouri, Aicam; Nater, Edward A.; Kolka, Randall K.;

Date: 2013

Source: Environmental Science & Technology. 47(8): 10462-10470.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: A sequential extraction technique for compartmentalizing mercury (Hg) in leaves was developed based on a water extraction of Hg from the leaf surface followed by a solvent extraction of the cuticle. The bulk of leaf Hg was found in the tissue compartment (90-96%) with lesser amounts in the surface and cuticle compartments. Total leaf concentrations of Hg varied among species and was most closely correlated with the number of stomates per sample, supporting the hypothesis that stomatal uptake of atmospheric Hg (most likely Hg0) is a potential uptake pathway. Mercury concentrations in leaves were monitored from emergence to senescence and showed a strong positive correlation with leaf age. Leaves accumulated Hg throughout the growing season; the highest uptake rates coincided with periods of high photosynthetic activity. Concentrations of Hg in leaf tissue increased steadily throughout the season, but no such trends were observed for surficial or cuticular accumulation. Factors affecting the variability of Hg in leaves were analyzed to improve protocols for the potential use of leaves as passive monitors of atmospheric Hg. Results show that total leaf Hg concentrations are affected by leaf age and leaf placement in the crown.

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
  • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.



Laacouri, Aicam; Nater, Edward A.; Kolka, Randall K. 2013. Distribution and uptake dynamics of mercury in leaves of common deciduous tree species in Minnesota, USA. Environmental Science & Technology. 47(8): 10462-10470.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.