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Nuclear Science and Techniques ›› 2015, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (4): 040304 doi: 10.13538/j.1001-8042/nst.26.040304

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Assessment of some chemical element contents in Traganum nudatum Del shrub using instrumental neutron activation analysis

Bouzid Nedjimi1, Brahim Beladel2   

  1. 1Laboratory of Exploration and Valuation of the Steppe Ecosystem, Faculty of Science of Nature and Life, University of Djelfa, Cité Aïn Chih PB 3117, Djelfa, Algeria
    2University of Djelfa, Cité Aïn Chih PB 3117, Djelfa, Algeria
  • Contact: Bouzid Nedjimi E-mail:bnedjimi@yahoo.fr
  • Supported by:

    Supported by MERS (CNEPRU Project No. F-02820140010, entitled: “ Écophysiologie et valorisation des plantes extremophiles dans la réhabilitation des sols salins et pollués”)

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Bouzid Nedjimi, Brahim Beladel. Assessment of some chemical element contents in Traganum nudatum Del shrub using instrumental neutron activation analysis.Nuclear Science and Techniques, 2015, 26(4): 040304     doi: 10.13538/j.1001-8042/nst.26.040304
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Abstract:

Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) has been used to determine some chemical element contents (K, Ca, Na, Fe, Zn, Co, Eu, Sb, and Sc) in Traganum nudatum Del (Chenopodiaceae family) consumed in North African rangelands by sheep livestock. Samples were collected from the area of Djelfa in an arid steppe of Algeria. Results show that pasture halophyte had sufficient levels of K, Ca, Zn, and Co to meet the requirements of ruminants. However, it seems that this halophyte shrub had substantial amounts of Na, higher than the critical level established by the National Research Council (NRC). Eu, Sb, and Sc were within the safety baseline of all the assayed elements recommended by the NRC. The high Na content ( ~10 g/kg) in this halophytic species requires elevated intake of water by livestock.

Key words: Instrumental neutron activation analysis, Halophyte, Forage, Livestock, Traganum nudatum, Steppe