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for Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Science Vol. 124 Issue 1, Spring 2008
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The vegetable kale has the ability to draw heavy metals from soil, and consequently expose humans to lead. This study measured the concentration of lead in kale commercially obtained in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Although lead intake should be avoided whenever possible, the lead concentrations in these kale samples were detectable but negligible.
The relative abundance of streamside salamanders and the availability of protective cover was assessed at three study sites along Mill Creek in Highlands, Macon County, North Carolina. Area-constrained searches of rocks demonstrated a significant reduction in salamander diversity as a result of severe sedimentation and loss of microhabitat.
Carolina birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus unifoliolatus var. helleri) is an annual plant species of Federal Concern and is significantly rare in North Carolina. Trefoil occurs on mowed roadsides in the North Carolina Piedmont. The phenology and simulated mowing study suggested that mowing during growing seasons could threaten trefoil populations.
The zebra periwinkle is a species of mollusks previously unknown from mid- or North Carolina and marine habitats north of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. However, the zebra periwinkle has been observed in a number of locations along the North Carolina Coast, suggesting the species has extended its range.