Mackova, Martina, Dowling, David, Macek, Tomas (Eds.)
2006, VI, 300 p.
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In recent years there has been a boom in the literature dealing with phytoremediation. This Volume contains detailed explanation of the basic methods where plants are exploited in environmental remediation. The book offers excellent descriptions of the hottest topics in the field of phyto- and rhizoremediation.
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