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This paper has been devoted to the problem of zinc and cadmium accumulation and distribution in the tree organs (on the example of forest ecosystems in the center of the East European plain). Using the translocation and discrimination factors it has been found that zinc as a rule translocated to the aboveground tree phytomass while cadmium was located to a greater extent within the roots. It has been found that the selectivity of the membrane transport systems of plantsincreased toward photosynthetic organs. It has been shown that the main reason of high cadmium accumulation in the stem wood is predominant cadmium xylem transport in the form of free ion Cd2+. In addition it has been foundsome aspects of species-specific accumulation of zinc and cadmium in tree species, associated with their geochemical specialization and peculiarities of the thiol compounds metabolism

O S Zheleznova

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Peoples’ Friendship University of Russi; Ryazan State University S.A. Esenin Miklukho-Maklaya str., 6, Moscow, Russia, 117198; ul. Svobody, 46, Ryazan, Russia, 390000

Zheleznova Olga Sergeevna - post-graduate student of the 2nd year of the ecological faculty of the Russian University of Peoples’ Friendship; Technician-laboratory assistant of the Department of Physical Geography and Methods of Teaching Geography of Ryazan State University named after S.A. Yesenin.

N A Chernykh

Ryazan State University S.A. Esenin ul. Svobody, 46, Ryazan, Russia, 390000

Chernykh Natalia Anatolievna - Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor; Head of the Department of Forensic Ecology with the course of human ecology of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.

S A Tobratov

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russi Miklukho-Maklaya str., 6, Moscow, Russia, 117198

Tobratov Sergei Anatolievich - Candidate of Biological Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Geochemistry of Landscapes at the Department of Physical Geography and Methods of Teaching Geography of Ryazan State University named after S.A. Yesenin, Associate Professor.

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