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Vibha Sinha, Kannan Pakshirajan, Rakhi Chaturvedi
In the current industrial scenario, chromium (Cr) as a metal is of great importance, but poses a major threat to the environment. Phytoremediation provides an environmentally sustainable, ecofriendly, cost effective approach for environmental cleanup of Cr. This review presents the current status of phytoremediation research with particular emphasis on cleanup of Cr contaminated soil and water systems. It gives a detailed account of the work done by different authors on the Cr bioavailability, uptake pathway, toxicity and storage in plants following the phytoextraction mechanism...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Dávid Tőzsér, Sándor Harangi, Edina Baranyai, Gyula Lakatos, Zoltán Fülöp, Béla Tóthmérész, Edina Simon
We tested the suitability of Salix viminalis for phytoextraction with the analysis of selected elements in soil, root, and leaf, and by visual tree condition assessment in an area with varying levels of contamination. Bioconcentration factor (BCF) and translocation factor (TF) were used to assess the phytoextraction potential of willows. The middle part of the study area was strongly contaminated, while the northern and southern parts were moderately contaminated. We found increasing element concentrations toward deeper layers...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Carla E Rosenfeld, Rufus L Chaney, Carmen E Martínez
Cadmium contamination in soil is a substantial global problem, and of significant concern due to high food-chain transfer. Cadmium hyperaccumulators are of particular interest because of their ability to tolerate and take up significant amounts of heavy metal pollution from soils. One particular plant, Noccaea caerulescens (formerly, Thlaspi caerulescens), has been extensively studied in terms of its capacity to accumulate heavy metals (specifically Zn and Cd), though these studies have primarily utilized hydroponic and metal-spiked model soil systems...
November 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Flávio Henrique Silveira Rabêlo, Luiz Tadeu Jordão, José Lavres
To date, there have been no studies demonstrating the influence of sulfur (S) on the cadmium (Cd) uptake kinetics, which limits the understanding of mechanisms involved in the uptake of this element. Therefore, this study was carried out in order to quantify the contribution of symplastic and apoplastic uptakes of Cd (0.1 and 0.5 mmol L(-1)) by Massai grass (Panicum maximum cv. Massai) grown under low and adequate S-supply (0.1 and 1.9 mmol L(-1)) by measuring Cd concentration in the nutrient solution (Vmax, Km, and Cmin) along the plant's exposure time (108 h) and determining Cd concentration in root symplast and apoplast...
October 21, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Robert W Hu, Elizabeth J Carey, Keith D Lindor, James H Tabibian
Curcumin, an aromatic phytoextract from the turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, has been used for centuries for a variety of purposes, not the least of which is medicinal. A growing body of evidence suggests that curcumin has a broad range of potentially therapeutic pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, and anti-neoplastic effects, among others. Clinical applications of curcumin have been hampered by quality control concerns and limited oral bioavailability, although novel formulations appear to have largely overcome these issues...
October 16, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
Charlotte Marchand, Michel Mench, Yahya Jani, Fabio Kaczala, Peter Notini, Mohamed Hijri, William Hogland
A pilot scale experiment was conducted to investigate the aided-phytoextraction of metals and the aided-phytodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC) in a co-contaminated soil. First, this soil was amended with compost (10% w/w) and assembled into piles (Unp-10%C). Then, a phyto-cap of Medicago sativa L. either in monoculture (MS-10%C) or co-cropped with Helianthus annuus L. as companion planting (MSHA-10%C) was sown on the topsoil. Physico-chemical parameters and contaminants in the soil and its leachates were measured at the beginning and the end of the first growth season (after five months)...
October 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Shikha Kumari Pandey, Tanushree Bhattacharya
The present work had two purposes firstly to evaluate the potential of Lantana Camara for phytoextraction of heavy metals from fly ash amended soil and to assess the suitability of a proper biodegradable chelating agent for chelate assisted phytoextraction. Plants were grown in manure mixed soil amended with various concentration of fly ash. Two biodegradable chelating agents were added (EDDS and MGDA) in the same dose separately before maturation stage. Sampling was done at different growing stages. The plant took up metal in different plant parts in the following order: for Cu, and Zn leaf >root >stem, for Cr and Mn leaf>stem >root, for Ni root >leaf>stem and for Pb root≈leaf>stem respectively...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
María Esther Díaz Martínez, Rosalba Argumedo-Delira, Gabriela Sánchez-Viveros, Alejandro Alarcón, Libia Iris Trejo-Téllez
This work assessed the ability of Lolium perenne and Medicago sativa for extracting lead (Pb) from particulate printed circuit computer boards (PCB) mixed in sand with the following concentrations: 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 g of PCB, and including a control treatment without PCB. The PCB were obtained from computers, and grinded in two particle sizes: 0.0594 mm (PCB1) and 0.0706 mm (PCB2). The PCB particle sizes at their corresponding concentrations were applied to L. perenne and M. sativa by using three experimental assays...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Maria Maleva, Galina Borisova, Nadezhda Chukina, Adarsh Kumar
In the present study, two fresh water plant species Egeria densa (Planch.) Casp. and Ceratophyllum demersum L. were subjected to separate and combined action of urea (2mМ) and metals (Ni and Cu, 10μM) to investigate the phytoremediation potential of these two submerged macrophytes during short-term experiments (48h). Both submerged macrophytes demonstrated high accumulative potential for Ni and Cu (average bioconcentration factors were 2505 for Ni and 3778 for Cu). The urea (2 mM) was not significantly toxic for studied plant species...
October 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Muhammad Javed Akhtar, Sana Ullah, Iftikhar Ahmad, Abdul Rauf, Sajid Mahmood Nadeem, Muhammad Yahya Khan, Sabir Hussain, Laura Bulgariu
A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the potential of two plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) viz. Bacillus sp. CIK-516 and Stenotrophomonas sp. CIK-517Y for improving the growth and Ni uptake of radish (Raphanus sativus) in the presence of four different levels of Ni contamination (0, 50, 100, 150 mg Ni kg(-1) soil). Plant growth, dry biomass, chlorophyll and nitrogen contents were significantly reduced by the exogenous application of Ni, however, bacterial inoculation diluted the negative impacts of Ni stress on radish by improving these parameters...
September 29, 2017: Chemosphere
Aikelaimu Aihemaiti, Jianguo Jiang, De'an Li, Tianran Li, Wenjie Zhang, Xutong Ding
Vanadium (V) has been extensively mined in China and caused soil pollution in mining area. It has toxic effects on plants, animals and humans, posing potential health risks to communities that farm and graze cattle adjacent to the mining area. To evaluate in situ phytoremediation potentials of native plants, V, chromium, copper and zinc concentrations in roots and shoots were measured and the bioaccumulation (BAF) and translocation (TF) efficiencies were calculated. The results showed that Setaria viridis accumulated greater than 1000 mg kg(-1) V in its shoots and exhibited TF > 1 for V, Cr, Zn and BAF > 1 for Cu...
September 29, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Miaomiao Cheng, Anan Wang, Caixian Tang
Nitrogen fertilization has been shown to improve Cd uptake by plants but there is little information on the effect of N form. This study examined the effects of N form on Cd bioavailability and phytoextraction in two soils differing in pH. Plants of halophytic species Carpobrotus rossii were grown in an acidic Sodosol [pH (CaCl2) 4.9] and a neutral Vertosol (pH 7.2) spiked with 20 mg kg(-1) Cd as CdCl2. Three N forms, KNO3, (NH4)2SO4 and (NH2)2CO at a rate of 24 mg N kg(-1) were applied at weekly intervals, together with nitrification inhibitor dicyanodiamide...
September 11, 2017: Chemosphere
Kuangjia Li, Zijian Lun, Lin Zhao, Qilong Zhu, Yansheng Gu, Manzhou Li
In order to protect public health and crops from soil heavy metal (HM) contamination at a coal mining area in Henan, central China, HM pollution investigation and screening of autochthonous HM phytoextractors were conducted. The concentrations of cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) in surface soils exceeded the corresponding local background values and the China National Standard (CNS). The maximum potential ecological risk (RI) was 627.30, indicating very high ecological risk. The monomial risk of Cd contributed the most to the RI, varying from 85...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Yayin Lu, Dinggui Luo, Lirong Liu, Zicong Tan, An Lai, Guowei Liu, Junhui Li, Jianyou Long, Xuexia Huang, Yongheng Chen
Chelant-enhanced phytoextraction method has been put forward as an effective soil remediation method, whereas the heavy metal leaching could not be ignored. In this study, a cropping-leaching experiment, using soil columns, was applied to study the metal leaching variations during assisted phytoextraction of Cd- and Pb-polluted soils, using seedlings of Zea mays, applying three different chelators (EDTA, EDDS, and rhamnolipid), and artificial rainfall (acid rainfall or normal rainfall). It showed that artificial rainfall, especially artificial acid rain, after chelator application led to the increase of heavy metals in the leaching solution...
November 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Akiko Hirano, Masashi Goto, Tsukasa Mitsui, Akiko Hashimoto-Hachiya, Gaku Tsuji, Masutaka Furue
The Japanese mugwort, Artemisia princeps (yomogi in Japanese), has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Skin care products containing Artemisia princeps extract (APE) are known to improve dry skin symptoms in atopic dermatitis. Atopic dry skin is associated with a marked reduction of skin barrier proteins, such as filaggrin (FLG) and loricrin (LOR). Recently, aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), and its downstream transcription factor OVO-like 1 (OVOL1), have been shown to regulate the gene expression of FLG and LOR...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Konstantia Gkarmiri, Shahid Mahmood, Alf Ekblad, Sadhna Alström, Nils Högberg, Roger Finlay
RNA stable isotope probing and high-throughput sequencing were used to characterize the active microbiomes of bacteria and fungi colonizing the roots and rhizosphere soil of oilseed rape to identify taxa assimilating plant-derived carbon following (13)CO2 labeling. Root- and rhizosphere soil-associated communities of both bacteria and fungi differed from each other, and there were highly significant differences between their DNA- and RNA-based community profiles. Verrucomicrobia, Proteobacteria, Planctomycetes, Acidobacteria, Gemmatimonadetes, Actinobacteria, and Chloroflexi were the most active bacterial phyla in the rhizosphere soil...
November 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Yang Yang, Xihong Zhou, Boqing Tie, Liang Peng, Hongliang Li, Kelin Wang, Qingru Zeng
Selecting suitable plants tolerant to heavy metals and producing products of economic value may be a key factor in promoting the practical application of phytoremediation polluted soils. The aim of this study is to further understand the utilization and remediation of seriously contaminated agricultural soil. In a one-year field experiment, we grew oilseed rape over the winter and then subsequently sunflowers, peanuts and sesame after the first harvest. This three rotation system produced high yields of dry biomass; the oilseed rape-sunflower, oilseed rape-peanut and oilseed rape-sesame rotation allowed us to extract 458...
August 29, 2017: Chemosphere
Jing Jing Zhang, Shuai Gao, Jiang Yan Xu, Yi Chen Lu, Feng Fan Lu, Li Ya Ma, Xiang Ning Su, Hong Yang
Atrazine (ATZ) residue in farmland is one of the environmental contaminants seriously affecting crop production and food safety. Understanding the regulatory mechanism for ATZ metabolism and degradation in plants is important to help reduce ATZ potential toxicity to both plants and human health. Here, we report our newly developed engineered rice overexpressing a novel Phase II metabolic enzyme glycosyltransfearse1 (ARGT1) responsible for transformation of ATZ residues in rice. Our results showed that transformed lines, when exposed to environmentally realistic ATZ concentration (0...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Muhammad Raziq Rahimi Kooh, Linda B L Lim, Lee Hoon Lim, Owais Ahmed Malik
This study investigated the potential of Azolla pinnata (AP) in the removal of toxic methyl violet 2B (MV) dye wastewater using the phytoextraction approach with the inclusion of an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) modelling. Parameters examined included the effects of dye concentration, pH and plant dosage. The highest removal efficiency was 93% which was achieved at a plant dosage of 0.8 g (dye volume = 200 mL, initial pH = 6.0, initial dye concentration = 10 mg L(-1)). A significant decrease in relative frond number (RFN), a growth rate estimator, observed at a dye concentration of 20 mg L(-1) MV indicated some toxicity, which coincided with the plant pigments studies where the chlorophyll a content was lower than the control...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Xiaoxun Xu, Shirong Zhang, Junren Xian, Zhanbiao Yang, Zhang Cheng, Ting Li, Yongxia Jia, Yulin Pu, Yun Li
Siegesbeckia orientalis L. is a promising species for cadmium (Cd) phytoextraction with large biomass and fast growth rate, while little information about their intracellular mechanisms involved in Cd tolerance and detoxification has been explored. A soil pot experiment with total target Cd concentrations of 0, 10, 50, 100 and 150 mg kg(-1) were designed to investigate the subcellular distribution, chemical forms and thiol synthesis characteristics of Cd in S. orientalis. More than 90% of Cd was bound to the soluble fractions (48...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
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