Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210008, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]
Appraising cadmium (Cd) phytoavailability and transfer in soil-plant system is imperative and it requires timely and accurate monitoring of Cd to ensure food safety. However, ambiguities regarding the factors regulating Cd mobility and transfer in soil-plant system makes understanding of Cd accumulation mechanism in wheat grain challenging. In present study, we attempted to explore the interrelationship among soil-plant-N management factors governing Cd transfer from soil-to-wheat grain and to provide a novel and alternative approach for grain Cd prediction. For this purpose, we established the allometric relationships of wheat phenology (plant dry matter at different growth stages and grain yield) with grain Cd concentration and soil properties (pH, EC, Eh, and CEC) under varied N rates experiment and investigated the interactions among aforementioned factors. The newly established allometric relationships demonstrated that plant phenology and yield were positively correlated with grain Cd concentration (R2 = 0.86-0.95) and soil properties (R2 = 0.84-0.97). Robust interrelationship among soil-plant-N management factors indicated that Cd transfer from soil-to-wheat grain was potentially co-regulated by their interactive effect. Findings will assist to strategize crop productivity and soil sustainability without compromising food safety. Further studies are imperative to better understand the Cd uptake mechanism in different wheat cultivars and management practices.