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Chemosphere. 2000 Jul;41(1-2):197-207.

Role of plants, mycorrhizae and phytochelators in heavy metal contaminated land remediation.

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Faculty of Infomatics, Science and Technology, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown, NSW, Australia.


Phytoremediation is a site remediation strategy, which employs plants to remove non-volatile and immisible soil contents. This sustainable and inexpensive process is emerging as a viable alternative to traditional contaminated land remediation methods. To enhance phytoremediation as a viable strategy, fast growing plants with high metal uptake ability and rapid biomass gain are needed. This paper provides a brief review of studies in the area of phytoaccumulation, most of which have been carried out in Europe and the USA. Particular attention is given to the role of phytochelators in making the heavy metals bio-available to the plant and their symbionts in enhancing the uptake of bio-available heavy metals.

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