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Research Project: Risk Assessment, Reduction and Remediation of Trace Elements in Soil and Crops

Location: Adaptive Cropping Systems Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-42430-001-01-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2015
End Date: Mar 31, 2020

Objective:
ARS project plan has objectives that relate directly to this agreement. The cooperative studies will include characterizing soil and plant factors which affect accumulation of Cd, Pb and As by crops including rice, garden crops and revitalization plant species, and to identify how to use this technical information in risk assessment for these elements in foods. The goal is to supply information needed for understanding options for growers to comply with food trace element limits under consideration.

Approach:
1) Develop/validate methods of analysis for inorganic As, Cd and Pb in rice and rice products and other foods such as lettuce, durum wheat, sunflower kernels and carrot; 2) Identify soil and plants factors which influence accumulation of these elements in the edible part of crops; 3) Identify management practices which can reduce levels of As, Cd and Pb in edible parts of crops; 4) Characterize methods to remediate/revitalize trace element contaminated soils.