SPECTROSCOPIC INVESTIGATION OF METAL LEVEL (K, Ca, Mg, Na AND Ni) IN CACTUS PLANT IN AROUND ADIGRAT TOWN
Tessema Derbe*, Kassaw Sisay and Shilashi Badasa
Cactus is the most important succulent plant which grows in warm climate with enormous nutrient. It is widely used in medicinal and food staff in this world. It also used as coagulant in treatment of hard and polluted water. This plant has the capability to absorb different metal ions from soil that are required in small amount for the development of the plants and animals as well as human health. But, too low or too high concentration of metal ions in plant can affect the quality of plant products, enzymatic activities of both plants and animals. Therefore, the assessment of metal levels in this plant is too vital regarding to human health, drugs quality and their chemotherapeutic activities. Therefore, this study is designed to determine the metal level (K, Ca, Mg, Na and Ni) In Cactus Plant using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometr and flame photomere. The result reveals that cactus sample contains the metal levels in the order of: K (23.88 mg/ Kg), Ca (17.440mg/Kg), (Mg 7.890 mg/Kg), Na (2.335 mg/Kg) and Ni (2.033 mg/Kg).Hence, the highest amount of K (23.88 mg/ Kg) is obtained among the analyzed metals.
Keywords: cactus, FAAS (Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometr), metal ion.
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