Bioavailability of nanoparticulate hematite to Arabidopsis thaliana

Yevgeniy Marusenko, Jessie Shipp, George A. Hamilton, Jennifer L L Morgan, Michael Keebaugh, Hansina Hill, Arnab Dutta, Xiaoding Zhuo, Nabin Upadhyay, James Hutchings, Pierre Herckes, Ariel Anbar, Everett Shock, Hilairy Hartnett

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The environmental effects and bioavailability of nanoparticulate iron (Fe) to plants are currently unknown. Here, plant bioavailability of synthesized hematite Fe nanoparticles was evaluated using Arabidopsis thaliana (A. thaliana) as a model. Over 56-days of growing wild-type A. thaliana, the nanoparticle-Fe and no-Fe treatments had lower plant biomass, lower chlorophyll concentrations, and lower internal Fe concentrations than the Fe-treatment. Results for the no-Fe and nanoparticle-Fe treatments were consistently similar throughout the experiment. These results suggest that nanoparticles (mean diameter 40.9 nm, range 22.3-67.0 nm) were not taken up and therefore not bioavailable to A. thaliana. Over 14-days growing wild-type and transgenic (Type I/II proton pump overexpression) A. thaliana, the Type I plant grew more than the wild-type in the nanoparticle-Fe treatment, suggesting Type I plants cope better with Fe limitation; however, the nanoparticle-Fe and no-Fe treatments had similar growth for all plant types.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-156
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
StatePublished - 2013


  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Bioavailability
  • Iron limitation
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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