Phytoremediation and Rhizoremediation

Edited by Mackova, Martina; Dowling, David; Macek, Tomas 
Springer  2006  

Hardcover  300 pp  ISBN 9781402049521      £162.00
In recent years a boom can be seen in the literature dealing with phytoremediation. This Volume contains detailed explanation of the basic methods where plants are exploited in environmental remediation. The chapters represent an excellent description of the most relevant topics in the field of phyto- and rhizoremediation and will provide the readers with up-to-date information concerning the necessary theoretical background, both concerning removal of heavy metals from the contaminated environment, and removal, detoxication and even degradation of toxic organic contaminants.

Until recently phytoremediation has been discussed mostly in monographs dealing with microbiological remediation methods as a separate chapter, just to illustrate an additional possibility of use of biological systems. This book intends to show especially the importance of cooperation between plant and microorganisms, there is practically no phytoremediation without rhizoremediation.

New approaches based on methods of molecular biology and genetic engineering are described, as well as plant science achievements.

The great advantage of this volume is that the reader will find here in addition to a survey of published data also a lot of original findings, thus supplying an up-to-date review of this quickly developing field of science.

Written for: Graduate students and researchers in the field; professionals in the bioremediation and phytoremediation areas; employees of responsible governmental agencies (Ministries of Environment, EPA); biologists, biochemists, microbiologists, environmental scientists, agricultural and forest engineers, plant physiologists, genetic engineers


  • Introduction.
  • The chemical ecology of pollutant biodegradation: Bioremediation and phytoremediation from mechanistic and ecological perspectives.
  • Dendroremediation: The use of trees in cleaning up polluted soils.
  • Methods for rhizoremediation research: Approaches to experimental design and microbial analysis.
  • Constructed wetlands for phytoremediation: Rhizofiltration, phytostabilisation and phytoextraction.
  • Influence of helophytes on redox reactions in their rhizosphere.
  • Exploitation of fast growing trees in metal remediation
  • Using hyperaccumulator plants to phytoextract soil Cd.
  • Enhanced heavy metal phytoextraction.
  • Enzymes transferring biomolecules to organic foreign compounds: a role for glucosyltransferase and glutathione S-transferase in phytoremediation.
  • Phytoremediation of polychlorinated biphenyls.
  • Metabolism and genetic engineering studies for herbicide phytoremediation.
  • Pesticides removal using plants: phytodegradation versus phytostimulation
  • Phytoremediation of volatile organic compounds.
  • In vitro propagation of wetland monocots for phytoremediation.
  • Modifying a plant's response to stress by decreasing ethylene production.
  • Mycorrhizal fungi as helping agents in phytoremediation of degraded and contaminated soils.
  • Assessing risks and containing or mitigating gene flow of transgenic and non-transgenic phytoremediating plants.
  • Human exposure assessment for food - one equation for all crops is not enough.
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