Editor: David W.M. Leung

Recent Advances Towards Improved Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Pollution

eBook: US $39 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $108
Printed Copy: US $89
Library License: US $156
ISBN: 978-1-60805-665-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-787-0 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2013
DOI: 10.2174/97816080578701130101


Heavy metal pollution represents a global challenge to both public health and environmental sustainability. Any means to reduce heavy metal pollution in the environment is of considerable economic significance. The use of green plants to clean up heavy metal pollution is an environmentally friendly as well as a low-cost approach to the problem. This plant-based biotechnology is commonly known as ‘phytoremediation’. Presently, there is limited application of this technology because useful plants with enhanced heavy metal resistance/tolerance are still needed to assist remediation of environments polluted with heavy metals. A key to improved phytoremediation of heavy metal pollution lies in research seeking for a better understanding of the mechanism(s) of heavy metal resistance/tolerance in plants. This E-book presents a unique treatment of the topics that have never been comprehensively brought together before in a single advanced reference. The volume explores aspects of plant biology that are critical for employing phytoremedation techniques to combat heavy metal contamination such as the specific plant biology, seed biology, plant tissue culture and enzymology. This E-book will be a useful reference to plant biologists, biotechnologists and environmental engineers seeking information about phytoremediation of heavy metals from the environment.

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Dharmendra Kumar Gupta
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- Pp. iii-iv (2)
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List of Contributors

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Interactions Between Plant Growth Promoting Microbes and Plants: Implications for Microbe-Assisted Phytoremediation of Metal-Contaminated Soil

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Radha Rani, Asha Juwarkar
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Chelate-Assisted Phytoremediation of Lead

- Pp. 40-54 (15)
Lingjuan Zheng, Ursula Lütz-Meindl, Thomas Peer
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Effect of Nitric Oxide Donors on Metal Toxicity in Plants

- Pp. 55-67 (13)
David W.M. Leung
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Metal Hyperaccumulating Ferns: Progress and Future Prospects

- Pp. 68-88 (21)
Sarita Tiwari, Bijaya K. Sarangi, Pulavarty Anusha, Ram A. Pandey
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Thlaspi caerulescens and/or Related Species: Progress and Future Prospects

- Pp. 89-108 (20)
Katarina Vogel-Mikuš
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From Arabidopsis thaliana to Genetic Engineering for Enhanced Phytoextraction of Soil Heavy Metals

- Pp. 109-118 (10)
David W.M. Leung
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Phytomanagement of Contaminated Sites Using Poplars and Willows

- Pp. 119-133 (15)
Brett Robinson, Ian McIvor
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- Pp. 134-138 (5)
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