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

Introduction

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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Contributors

Editor(s):
David W.M. Leung
University of Canterbury
New Zealand




Contributor(s):
Asha Juwarkar
Eco-Restoration Division
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg
Nagpur ‑ 440020
India


Bijaya K. Sarangi
Environmental Biotechnology Division
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg
Nagpur– 440020
India


Brett Robinson
Department of Soil Science
Lincoln University
PO Box 7647
Lincoln
New Zealand


David W.M. Leung
School of Biological Sciences
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand


Katarina Vogel-Mikuš
Dept. of Biology
Biotechnical faculty
Večna pot 111
Ljubljana
SI, 1000
Solvenia


Lingjuan Zheng
Department of Organismic Biology
University of Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstraße 34
Salzburg, 5020
Austria


Pulavarty Anusha
Environmental Biotechnology Division
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg
Nagpur, 440020
India


Radha Rani
Eco-Restoration Division
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg
Nagpur, 440020
India


Ram Awatar Pandey
Environmental Biotechnology Division
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg
Nagpur, 440020
India


Sarita Tiwari
Environmental Biotechnology Division
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute
Nehru Marg
Nagpur, 440020
India


Thomas Peer
Department of Organismic Biology
University of Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstraße 34
5020 Salzburg
Austria


Ursula Lütz-Meindl
Department of Cell Biology
University of Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstraße 34
5020 Salzburg
Austria




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