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1st Edition

Phytotechnology with Biomass Production
Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sites

ISBN 9780367522803
Published June 15, 2021 by CRC Press
242 Pages 18 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

This book explains the concept of using phytotechnology with biomass production to improve soil quality and restore contaminated sites to a useful state that has economic and social value. Phytotechnology with Biomass Production: Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sites focuses on the application of second-generation biofuel crops, primarily Miscanthus, to slightly contaminated or marginal postmilitary and postmining soils. Based on recent and ongoing research from the United States, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Germany, along with case studies from other countries, this is the first comprehensive book on using phytotechnology with biomass production at contaminated sites at a global level.


  • Focuses on an important topic of a growing global activity: soil improvement through biomass production
  • Includes case studies and success stories from different countries on application of Miscanthus phytotechnology to sites differently contaminated by trace elements, pesticides, and petroleum products
  • Discusses the peculiarities of Miscanthus production on postmilitary and postmining contaminated lands and the impact of plant growth regulators, soil amendments, fertilizers, and biochar to the process
  • Introduces soil fauna as indicators of soil health during Miscanthus phytotechnology application
  • Presents Miscanthus value chain associated with the processing of Miscanthus biomass to different bioproducts

While written primarily for faculty, students, research scientists, environmental and agricultural professionals, gardeners, farmers, landowners, and government officials, this book has value for all who are working on phytotechnology projects and phytomining to reduce risk and/or improve soil quality at contaminated sites. Phytotechnology with Biomass Production: Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sites is also a great new resource for those who are new to the topic and want to learn to apply phytotechnologies and biomass production with further conversion into energy and bioproducts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Larry E. Erickson and Valentina Pidlisnyuk

2. Phytotechnologies for Site Remediation

Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Ganga M. Hettiarachchi, Zeljka Zgorelec, Melissa Prelac, Nikola Bilandžija, Lawrence C. Davis, and Larry E. Erickson

3. Remediation of Sites Contaminated by Organic Compounds

Lawrence C. Davis, Barbara Zeeb, Larry E. Erickson, Aigerim Mamirova, and Valentina Pidlisnyuk

4. Phytomining Applied for Postmining Sites

Hermann Heilmeier

5. Establishing Miscanthus, Production of Biomass, and Application to Contaminated Sites

Lawrence C. Davis, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Aigerim Mamirova, Pavlo Shapoval, and Tatyana Stefanovska

6. Balancing Soil Health and Biomass Production

Larry E. Erickson and Kraig Roozeboom

7. Plant–Microbe Associations in Phytoremediation

Asil Nurzhanova, Aigerim Mamirova, Josef Trögl, Diana Nebeská, and Valentina Pidlisnyuk

8. Plant Feeding Insects and Nematodes Associated with Miscanthus

Tatyana Stefanovska, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, and Andrzej Skwiercz

9. Economics of Phytoremediation with Biomass Production

Larry E. Erickson, Jan Černý, and Valentina Pidlisnyuk

10. Miscanthus Biomass for Alternative Energy Production

Jikai Zhao, Donghai Wang, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, and Larry E. Erickson

11. Miscanthus as Raw Materials for Bio-based Products

Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Larry E. Erickson, Donghai Wang, Jikai Zhao, Tatyana Stefanovska, and John R. Schlup

12. Conclusions and Recommendations

Larry E. Erickson, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, and Lawrence C. Davis

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Larry E. Erickson is professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University where he has been involved in hazardous substance teaching and research for more than 30 years. He teaches CHE 650 Hazardous Waste Engineering Seminar and CHE 670 Sustainability Seminar. He directed the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center from 1989- 2003 and the Center for Hazardous Substance Research from 1985-2018. He has helped to provide leadership for the NATO project New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites. He has published several books and helped as coauthor of over 400 professional publications. His B.S.ChE. and PhD are in chemical engineering from Kansas State University. Valentina Pidlisnyuk is a professor in the Department of Environmental Chemistry and Technology at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University where she teaches classes in environmental chemistry, sustainable management of contaminated sites, and phytoremediation. Her research has a focus on phytoremediation with biomass production including growing miscanthus in contaminated soils. She has provided leadership as director of the NATO SPS project New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites, and has organized workshops on phytoremediation of polluted military sites and environmental analytical chemistry with international participation. She has edited several books and is coauthor of over 350 professional publications. Her M.S. and PhD are in chemistry, and her professorship is in environmental science.