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Title: Can hairy vetch cover crop affects arsenic accumulation in vegetable crops?
Authors: Mancinelli, Roberto 
Radicetti Emanuele
Muleo, Rosario 
Marinari, Sara 
Bravo I
Papetti P
Issue Date: 2019
Agricultural practices greatly influence the bioavailability of heavy metals. Arsenic (As) is
a heavy metal identified as a concern due to its potential impact on human health. Two-year field
experiments were performed to evaluate the effect of cropping system on As accumulation in tomato,
sweet pepper and zucchini. The treatments were: (i) conventional system based on common practices
of the area; and (ii) alternative systems based on cultivation of hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth.) in
no-tillage before vegetable crops. Randomized block design with three replications was adopted.
Soil and plant samples (fruits, leaves, stems and roots) were collected at crop harvesting. Plant
samples were weighed and analyzed to evaluate As content. Soil chemical analyses were performed
to evaluate the total organic carbon and nitrogen content. The As accumulation observed in plant
samples of tomato, sweet pepper and zucchini resulted always low in the alternative system, except
in fruits where As accumulation was similar between the systems. The increase of soil organic matter
observed in alternative system probably caused a reduction of As accumulation into crop tissues.
Therefore, hairy vetch cultivation in no-tillage could be a suitable strategy to reduce the As uptake of
vegetable crops in geogenic contaminated soils.
ISSN: 2077-0472
DOI: 10.3390/agriculture9050089
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
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