Biosensing of heavy metal pollution at both sides of Romanian and Hungarian border by agriculturally important capsicum plant


The aim of the project is to study the effect of heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Mn, Cu) on capsicum plant, which is one of the economically most important products of the region on both sides of the border.

Heavy metals can accumulate in plants and affect the agricultural production. Metal contaminated food or seasoning can reach the consumers. Heavy metals could affect the photosynthetic processes in the plants. The Hungarian partners study the fluorescence parameters of plants treated in green house and grown on the field. The parameters can reveal the effect of heavy metals on photosynthesis. The Romanian partners perform genetic and phenotypical characterization of capsicums grown on the field or treated in the green house.


A report was published about the project in the newspaper “Népszabadság” on 28 October 2011.:


A short report about our project was shown in the local TV channel of Szeged (Városi TV Szeged - Körút) on 12 July 2012. The TV program could be seen on the webpage of the TV channel from its video library (the report starts at 24th minute):!news/i__5/i__6167

This project was implemented in the frame of the Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013 :,