Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 18, 6313–6328, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6313-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 6313–6328, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6313-2021

Research article 09 Dec 2021

Research article | 09 Dec 2021

Mercury accumulation in leaves of different plant types – the significance of tissue age and specific leaf area

Håkan Pleijel et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-117', Anonymous Referee #1, 10 Jun 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Håkan Pleijel, 29 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-117', Lena Wohlgemuth, 10 Jun 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Håkan Pleijel, 30 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Jul 2021) by Nicolas Brüggemann
AR by Håkan Pleijel on behalf of the Authors (05 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Aug 2021) by Nicolas Brüggemann
RR by Lena Wohlgemuth (25 Aug 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (23 Sep 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 Sep 2021) by Nicolas Brüggemann
AR by Håkan Pleijel on behalf of the Authors (04 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (16 Oct 2021) by Nicolas Brüggemann
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Short summary
Mercury is a problematic metal in the environment. It is crucial to understand the Hg circulation in ecosystems. We explored the mercury concentration in foliage from a diverse set of plants, locations and sampling periods to study the accumulation of Hg in leaves–needles over time. Mercury was always higher in older tissue: in broadleaved trees, conifers and wheat. Specific leaf area, the leaf area per unit leaf mass, turned out to be critical for Hg accumulation in leaves–needles.
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