Phytoremediation: A new technology for the environmental cleanup of toxic metals

D. E. Salt, P. B.A.Nanda Kumar, S. Dushenkov, I. Raskin

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Abstract

Toxic metal-contaminated soils, aqueous waste streams and ground waters pose a major environmental and human health problem. The use of plants to remove these pollutants would provide an efficient, low cost, in situ cleanup technology able to remove toxic metals from the site leaving it intact for normal ecosystem redevelopment. We have demonstrated that the Indian mustard plant Brassica juncea can efficiently accumulate Pd, Zn, Cd, Cr(VI), Ni and Cu from soils or water into both roots and shoots. These uptake characteristics coupled with B. juncea high biomass and good agronomic practices make this an ideal plant for phytoremediation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages381-384
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the International Symposium on Resource Conservation and Environmental Technologies in Metallurgical Industries - Toronto, Ont, Can
Duration: Aug 20 1994Aug 25 1994

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OtherProceedings of the International Symposium on Resource Conservation and Environmental Technologies in Metallurgical Industries
CityToronto, Ont, Can
Period8/20/948/25/94

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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