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Environmental Sciences - Environmental Toxicology | Phytoremediation: Role of Aquatic Plants in Environmental Clean-Up

Phytoremediation: Role of Aquatic Plants in Environmental Clean-Up

Dhir, Bhupinder

2013, X, 111 p. 20 illus., 5 illus. in color.

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  • The book provides natural and environment-friendly solutions to deal with the problem of pollution, which is most relevant in the present time
  • The various plant species with the potential of removing contaminants have been discussed individually
  • Offers potential to apply the process of phytoremediation on a large scale
  • Will be of use not only to researchers but also to professionals working in the field of environmental pollution

Contamination of the different components of environment through industrial and anthropogenic activities have guided new eras of research. This has lead to development of strategies/methodologies to curtail/minimize environmental contamination. Research studies conducted all over the globe established that bioremediation play a promising role in minimizing environmental contamination. In the last decade, phytoremediation studies have been conducted on a vast scale. Initial research in this scenario focused on screening terrestrial plant species that remove contaminants from soil and air. Later, scientific community realized that water is a basic necessity for sustaining life on earth and quality of which is getting deteriorated day by day. This initiated studies on phytoremediation using aquatic plants. Role of aquatic plant species in cleaning water bodies was also explored. Many of the aquatic plant species showed potential to treat domestic, municipal and industrial wastewaters and hence their use in constructed wetlands for treating wastewaters was emphasized. The present book contains five chapters. First two chapters provide information about types of contaminants commonly reported in wastewaters and enlists some important and well studied aquatic plant species known for their potential to remove various contaminants from wastewater. Subsequent chapters deal with mechanisms involved in contaminant removal by aquatic plant species, and also provide detailed information about role of aquatic plant species in wetlands. Potential of constructed wetlands in cleaning domestic and industrial wastewaters has also been discussed in detail. The strategy for enhancing phytoremediation capacity of plants by different means and effectiveness of phytoremediation technology in terms of monitory benefits has been discussed in last chapter. Last chapter also emphasizes the future aspects of this technology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Contaminant - Environment - Macrophytes - Toxicity - Wetland

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Toxicology - Plant Sciences - Pollution and Remediation

Table of contents 

1.Introduction.- Contaminants in aquatic environment.- Wastewater treatment methods.- Bioremediation.- Phytoremediation technology.- Plant species used in phytoremediation technology.- 2. Aquatic plant species and removal of contaminants.- Contaminants removed by aquatic plants.- Major plant species.- Other aquatic plant species.- 3. Mechanism of removal of contaminants by aquatic plants.- Inorganic contaminants.- Organic contaminants. 4. Role of Wetlands.- Constructed wetlands.- Mechanism of contaminant removal.- Contaminants removed by wetlands.- Limitations.- Future.- 5. Future Prospects.- Biotechnological approach.- Limitations .- Cost analysis.- Conclusions and future development.

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