Phytoremediation: a novel approach to an old problem

Slavik Dushenkov, Yoram Kapulnik, Michael Blaylock, Boris Sorochisky, Ilya Raskin, Burt Ensley

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There is a great need for cost effective technology to remediate soils and bodies of water contaminated with heavy metals and radionuclides. Phytoremediation, an emerging technology of using plants for the removal of pollutants could provide an affordable way to restore the economic value of contaminated land. Two main subsets of phytoremediation have been developed: phytoextration, which is based on using high biomass crop plants in combination with a system of soil amendments to extract heavy metals from soil, and rhizofiltration, a technology which employs plants to remove contaminants from aqueous streams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-572
Number of pages10
JournalStudies in Environmental Science
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering


  • Cesium
  • Heavy metals
  • Lead
  • Phytoremediation
  • Radionuclides
  • Strontium
  • Uranium

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