The selection of appropriate plant species is a cornerstone of successful application of phytoremediation methods and probably one of the most important factors affecting the extent of metal removal from contaminated soils. As a general rule, native plant species are preferred to exotic plants that can affect the harmony of the ecosystem . The optimum metal phytoextraction plants should be able to accumulate and tolerate rather large amounts of toxic metals. Combined with a rapid growth rate and the potential to produce large biomass in the field, this can help to remove more metals per planting. Thus, the main goal is to find species able to accumulate large amounts of metals in harvestable plant parts without harmful consequences for the plants.
|Title of host publication||Trace Elements in the Environment|
|Subtitle of host publication||Biogeochemistry, Biotechnology, and Bioremediation|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2005|
Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)