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Remediation of Environmental Contaminants, 1st Edition

Edited by Naser A. Anjum, Maria E. Pereira, Iqbal Ahmad, Armando C. Duarte, Shahid Umar, Nafees A. Khan

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617 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 140 B/W Illus.

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Phytotechnologies: Remediation of Environmental Contaminants highlights the use of natural and inherent traits of plants and associated microbes to exclude, accumulate, or metabolize a variety of contaminants, with the goal of efficiently and sustainably decontaminating the biosphere from unwanted hazardous compounds. Contributed by an international team of authors, the book ensures a balance between theory and practice without compromising the basic conceptual framework of Phytotechnologies.

Divided into three major sections, the book:

  • Introduces contaminants and contaminated sites, and also highlights the significance of genus Brassica and vetiver grass species for varied environmental contaminants’ remediation
  • Presents an exhaustive exploration of potential strategies for enhancing plants and associated microbes-mediated environmental contaminants’ remediation
  • Overviews major physiological, biochemical, and genetic-molecular mechanisms responsible for plant tolerance and adaptation to varied environmental contaminants

A one-stop source of cutting edge answers and time-saving access, Phytotechnologies: Remediation of Environmental Contaminants is a common platform for engineers, environmental microbiologists, plant physiologists, and molecular biologists with the common aim of sustainable solutions to vital environmental issues.

In short, the book provides a conceptual overview of ecosystems approaches and phytotechnologies, and their cumulative significance in relation to various environmental problems and potential solutions.

Table of Contents


Naser A. Anjum, Iqbal Ahmad, Armando C. Duarte, Shahid Umar, Nafees A. Khan, and Maria E. Pereira

Contaminants, Contaminated Sites, and Remediation

Heavy Metals in the Environment: Current Status, Toxic Effects on Plants and Phytoremediation

Mirza Hasanuzzaman and Masayuki Fujita

Phytotechnology—Remediation of Inorganic Contaminants

Felix A. Aisien, Innocent O. Oboh, and Eki T. Aisien

Potential of Constructed Wetland Phytotechnology for Tannery Wastewater Treatment

Cristina S. C. Calheiros, António O. S. S. Rangel, and Paula M. L. Castro

Phytoremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon–Contaminated Soils in Venezuela

Carmen Infante, Ismael Hernández-Valencia, Liliana López, and Marcia Toro

Fate and Transport Issues Associated with Contaminants and Contaminant By-Products in Phytotechnology

Chris O. Nwoko

Genus Brassica and Contaminants’ Remediation

Metals and Metalloids Accumulation Variability in Brassica Species: A Review

Naser A. Anjum, Sarvajeet S. Gill, Iqbal Ahmad, Armando C. Duarte, Shahid Umar, Nafees A. Khan, and Maria E. Pereira

Oilseed Brassica napus and Phytoremediation of Lead

Muhammad Yasin Ashraf, Nazila Azhar, Khalid Mahmood, Rashid Ahmad, and Ejaz Ahmad Waraich

Potential for Metal Phytoextraction of Brassica Oilseed Species

Guido Fellet, Luca Marchiol, and Giuseppe Zerbi

Phytoremediation Capacity of Brown- and Yellow-Seeded Brassica carinata

Xiang Li, Margaret Y. Gruber, Kevin Falk, and Neil Westcott

Phytoremediation of Toxic Metals and the Involvement of Brassica Species

Aryadeep Roychoudhury, Sreeparna Pradhan, Bodhisatwa Chaudhuri, and Kaushik Das

Other Plant Species and Contaminants’ Remediation

Phytoremediation of Soils Contaminated by Heavy Metals, Metalloids, and Radioactive Materials Using Vetiver Grass, Chrysopogon zizanioides

Luu Thai Danh, Paul Truong, Raffaella Mammucari, Yuan Pu, and Neil R. Foster

Enhancing Contaminants’ Remediation

Effects of Biotic and Abiotic Amendments on Phytoremediation Efficiency Applied to Metal-Polluted Soils

Erik J. Joner

Phytoremediation: Strategies to Enhance the Potential for Toxic Metal Remediation of Brassica Oilseed Species

Mary Varkey, Nand Lal, and Z. H. Khan

Enhanced Phytoextraction Using Brassica Oilseeds: Role of Chelates

Zhao Zhongqiu and Liu Xiaona

Organic Acid-Assisted Phytoremediation in Salt Marshes: From Hydroponics to Field Mesocosms Trials

M. Caçador, B. Duarte, and J. Freitas

Plant–Microbe Enabled Contaminant Removal in the Rhizosphere

L. M. Stout and K. Nüsslein

Brassica Oilseeds–Microbe Interactions and Toxic Metals Remediation

Lixiang Cao

Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria and Metals Phytoremediation

Elisa Gamalero and Bernard R. Glick

Plant Growth Regulators and Improvements in Phytoremediation Process Efficiency: Studies on Metal Contaminated Soils

Meri Barbafieri, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Francesca Pedron, and Jorge L. Gardea-Torresdey

Remediation of Sites Contaminated with Persistent Organic Pollutants: Role of Bacteria

Ondrej Uhlik, Lucie Musilova, Michal Strejcek, Petra Lovecka, Tomas Macek, and Martina Mackova

Using Endophytes to Enhance Phytoremediation

Zareen Khan and Sharon Doty

Genetically Modified Plants Designed for Phytoremediation of Toxic Organic and Inorganic Contaminants

Tomas Macek, Martina Novakova, Pavel Kotrba, Jitka Viktorova, Petra Lovecká, Jan Fiser, Miroslava Vrbová, Eva Tejklová, Jitka Najmanova, Katerina Demnerova, and Martina Mackova

Plants’ Contaminants Tolerance

Utilization of Different Aspects Associated with Cadmium Tolerance in Plants to Compare Sensitive and Bioindicator Species

Marisol Castrillo, Beatriz Pernia, Andrea De Sousa, and Rosa Reyes

Analytical Tools for Exploring Metal Accumulation and Tolerance in Plants

Katarina Vogel-Mikuš, Iztok Arčon, Peter Kump, Primož Pelicon, Marijan Nečemer, Primož Vavpetič, Špela Koren, and Marjana Regvar

Metals and Metalloids Detoxification Mechanisms in Plants: Physiological and Biochemical Aspects

Palaniswamy Thangavel, Ganapathi Sridevi, Naser A. Anjum, Iqbal Ahmad, and Maria E. Pereira

Studies on Phytoextraction Processes and Some Plants’ Reactions to Uptake and Hyperaccumulation of Substances

Andrew Agbontalor Erakhrumen

Uptake and Metabolism of Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants by Plants

Benoit Van Aken, Rouzbeh Tehrani, and Rashid Kaveh

About the Editors

Naser A. Anjum, Iqbal Ahmad, Maria E. Pereira and Armando C. Duarte are affiliates of the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) and the Department of Chemistry at University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal.

Shahid Umar is associated with the Laboratory of Plant Stress Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Hamdard University, New Delhi – 110 062, India.

Nafees A. Khan is an affiliate of the Division of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Botany, Faculty of Life Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh – 202 002, U.P., India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science