Abstract: The physico-chemical properties of soils and trace metal contents of plants around ten sites of cassava processing factories in Akure, Nigeria were determined using standard methods of analyses. The results revealed that there were no significant differences (p = 0.05) in the soil compositions between the control and the test locations. The soils in the vicinities were sandy in texture, slightly acidic and have low organic matter. Concentrations of Fe and Zn were relatively high (>200 mg kg 1) in the soil samples. High transfer factors were obtained for the vegetables. There were high variations in metals of plants in test and control areas. This was depicted with coefficient of variations (%) between 10.10 and 42.04. Trace heavy metals concentrations of the test samples exceeded those of the control area.
F.O. Abulude and H. Adebusoye , 2006. Characterization of Heavy Metal Pollutant Around Cassava Processing Factory Using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 1: 16-18.