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Analysis of Zinc, Iron and Lead Contents of Water, Soil and some Staple Foods in Isigwe and Uhuona Villages of Ugbawka Community, Enugu State, Nigeria

Zinc, iron and lead contents in water, soil and some staple foods in Isigwe and Uhuona villages of Ugbawka Community were determined. At Isigwe village the mean values of Zn, and Pb were 1.24 ± 0.26 and 0.11 ± 0.01 mg/l, respectively in well-water. The mean values of the metals (Zn, Fe and Pb) in some staple foods in the same village were 24.54 ± 6.08, 4.25 ± 3.53 and 0.68 ± 0.04 mg/kg dry weight, respectively, whereas 74.66 ± 5.28, 5.17 ± 4.02 and 1.00 ± 0.73 mg/kg, respectively, were the mean values of same metals in the soil. In Uhuona village, the mean values of Zn, and Pb in well-waters were 5.77 ± 0.15 and 0.09 ± 3.01 mg/l, respectively, while 67.39 ± 5.86, 51.34 ± 3.01 and 11.12 ± 0.14 mg/kg dry weight, respectively, were the mean concentrations in the soil.

1Udedi, S.C., 2Okonkwo, C. J. O.*; 3Okorie, O. and 4Okonkwo, T. J. 1Department of Applied Biochemistry, Faculty of Biosciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. 2Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Po

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