Environmental Risks of Nano Zerovalent Iron for Arsenate Remediation: Impacts on Cytosolic Levels of Inorganic Phosphate and MgATP2– in Arabidopsis thaliana Academic Article uri icon


  • The use of nano zerovalent iron (nZVI) for arsenate (As(V)) remediation has proven effective, but full-scale injection of nZVI into the subsurface has aroused serious concerns for associated environmental risks. This study evaluated the efficacy of nZVI treatment for arsenate remediation and its potential hazards to plants using Arabidopsis thaliana grown in a hydroponic system. Biosensors for inorganic phosphate (Pi) and MgATP2- were used to monitor in vivo Pi and MgATP2- levels in plant cells. The results showed that nZVI could remove As(V) from growth media, decrease As uptake by plants, and mitigate As(V) toxicity to plants. However, excess nZVI could cause Pi starvation in plants leading to detrimental effects on plant growth. Due to the competitive adsorption of As(V) and Pi on nZVI, removing As(V) via nZVI treatment at an upstream site could relieve downstream plants from As(V) toxicity and Pi deprivation, in which case 100 mg/L of nZVI was the optimal dosage for remediation of As(V) at a concentration around 16.13 mg/L.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, W., Lo, I., Hu, L., Voon, C. P., Lim, B. L., & Versaw, W. K.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Weilan||Lo, Irene MC||Hu, Liming||Voon, Chia Pao||Lim, Boon Leong||Versaw, Wayne K

publication date

  • March 2018