Nickel: An overview of uptake, essentiality and toxicity in plants

M. Yusuf, Q. Fariduddin, S. Hayat, A. Ahmad

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Nickel even though recognized as a trace element, its metabolism is very decisive for certain enzyme activities, maintaining proper cellular redox state and various other biochemical, physiological and growth responses. Study of the aspects related with uptake, transport and distributive localization of Ni is very important in various cellular metabolic processes particularly under increased nitrogen metabolism. This review article, in core, encompasses the dual behavior of Ni in plants emphasizing its systemic partitioning, essentiality and ill effects. However, the core mechanism of molecules involved and the successive physiological conditions required starting from the soil absorption, neutralization and toxicity generated is still elusive, and varies among the plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Antioxidant system
  • Distribution
  • Essentiality
  • Nickel
  • Oxidative stress
  • Toxicity
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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