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- Chavez, E.; He, Z. L.; Stoffella, P. J.; Mylavarapu, R. S.; Li, Y. C.; Moyano, B.; Baligar, V. C.
- Science of the total environment 2015 v.533 pp. 205-214
- Theobroma cacao; agricultural soils; anthropogenic activities; cadmium; cocoa beans; farms; hydrochloric acid; leaves; prediction; soil depth; soil pollution; trees; Ecuador
- ... Cadmium(Cd) content in cacao beans above a critical level (0.6mgkg−1) has raised concerns in the consumption of cacao-based chocolate. Little is available regarding Cd concentration in soil and cacao in Ecuador. The aim of this study was to determine the status of Cd in both, soils and cacao plants, in southern Ecuador. Soil samples were collected from 19 farms at 0–5, 5–15, 15–30, and 30–50 cm de ...