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Phytoremediation of heavy metal

Candice McGladdery, David C Weindorf, Somsubhra Chakraborty, Bin Li, Laura Paulette, Dorina Podar, Delaina Pearson, Nana Yaw O Kusi, Bogdan Duda
Elemental concentrations in vegetation are of critical importance, whether establishing plant essential element concentrations (toxicity vs. deficiency) or investigating deleterious elements (e.g., heavy metals) differentially extracted from the soil by plants. Traditionally, elemental analysis of vegetation has been facilitated by acid digestion followed by quantification via inductively coupled plasma (ICP) or atomic absorption (AA) spectroscopy. Previous studies have utilized portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectroscopy to quantify elements in soils, but few have evaluated the vegetation...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Xiaomin Gong, Danlian Huang, Yunguo Liu, Guangming Zeng, Rongzhong Wang, Jingjing Wei, Chao Huang, Piao Xu, Jia Wan, Chen Zhang
This study aimed to investigate the effect of pyrolysis on the stabilization of heavy metals in plant residues obtained after phytoremediation. Ramie residues, being collected after phytoremediation of metal contaminated sediments, were pyrolyzed at different temperatures (300-700 °C). Results indicated that pyrolysis was effective in the stabilization of Cd, Cr, Zn, Cu, and Pb in ramie residues by converting the acid-soluble fraction of metals into residual form and decreasing the TCLP-leachable metal contents...
January 5, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Reza Hesami, Azam Salimi, Seyed Majid Ghaderian
In the current study, soils of Tang-e Douzan mine, located in Isfahan, Iran, were collected and analyzed for soluble, exchangeable, and total amounts of Pb, Zn, Cd, Ca, and Mg. The maximum Pb, Zn, Cd, Ca, and Mg concentrations in soils were 2500, 1100, 59, 43,800, and 1320 mg/kg for total metals, 86, 83, 6.3, 4650, and 48 mg/kg for their exchangeable fractions, and 59, 3.7, 0.53, 430, and 6.4 mg/kg for their soluble fractions, respectively. All specimens collected, including 69 plant species, were analyzed for Pb, Zn, and Cd...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Shrutika L Wadgaonkar, Yarlagadda V Nancharaiah, Giovanni Esposito, Piet N L Lens
Selenium concentrations in the soil environment are directly linked to its transfer in the food chain, eventually causing either deficiency or toxicity associated with several physiological dysfunctions in animals and humans. Selenium bioavailability depends on its speciation in the soil environment, which is mainly influenced by the prevailing pH, redox potential, and organic matter content of the soil. The selenium cycle in the environment is primarily mediated through chemical and biological selenium transformations...
January 5, 2018: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
Wei Fan, Qing Guo, ChangYing Liu, Xueqin Liu, Meng Zhang, Dingpei Long, Zhonghuai Xiang, Aichun Zhao
Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) is an enzyme involved in the synthesis of phytochelatins, cysteine-rich peptides which play a key role in heavy metal (HM) detoxification of plants. Mulberry (Morus L.), one of the most ecologically and economically important tree genera, has the potential to remediate HM-contaminated soils. However, genes involved in HM detoxification in Morus, such as the PCS genes, have not been identified and characterized. In this study, we identified two Morus notabilis PCS genes based on a genome-wide analysis of the Morus genome database...
December 22, 2017: Gene
Muhammad T Ahsan, Muhammad Najam-Ul-Haq, Abdul Saeed, Tanveer Mustafa, Muhammad Afzal
The contamination of soil with heavy metals is a major environmental problem worldwide. The combined use of plants and their associated microbes has gained popularity in recent years for their potential to remediate heavy metal-contaminated soil. In the current study, the effect that augmentation of soil with plant growth-promoting endophytes has on the phytostabilization of chromium (Cr)-contaminated soil was investigated. Three potential endophytic bacterial strains (Enterobacter sp. HU38, Microbacterium arborescens HU33, and Pantoea stewartii ASI11) were inoculated individually as well as in combination to Leptochloa fusca and Brachiaria mutica vegetated in Cr-contaminated soil...
December 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Misao Itouga, Manabu Hayatsu, Mayuko Sato, Yuuri Tsuboi, Yukari Kato, Kiminori Toyooka, Suechika Suzuki, Seiji Nakatsuka, Satoshi Kawakami, Jun Kikuchi, Hitoshi Sakakibara
Water contamination by heavy metals from industrial activities is a serious environmental concern. To mitigate heavy metal toxicity and to recover heavy metals for recycling, biomaterials used in phytoremediation and bio-sorbent filtration have recently drawn renewed attention. The filamentous protonemal cells of the moss Funaria hygrometrica can hyperaccumulate lead (Pb) up to 74% of their dry weight when exposed to solutions containing divalent Pb. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy revealed that Pb is localized to the cell walls, endoplasmic reticulum-like membrane structures, and chloroplast thylakoids, suggesting that multiple Pb retention mechanisms are operating in living F...
2017: PloS One
Xian Duo Zhang, Jin Guo Meng, Kai Xuan Zhao, Xi Chen, Zhi Min Yang
In higher plants, heavy metal transporters are responsible for metal uptake, translocation and homeostasis. These metals include essential metals such as zinc (Zn) or manganese (Mn) and non-essential metals like cadmium (Cd) or lead (Pb). Although a few heavy metal transporters have been well identified in model plants (e.g. Arabidopsis and rice), little is known about their functionality in rapeseed (Brassica napus). B. napus is an important oil crop ranking the third largest sources of vegetable oil over the world...
December 18, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Erika C Pierattini, Alessandra Francini, Andrea Raffaelli, Luca Sebastiani
Surfactants are widely used detergent ingredients and, thanks to their chemical properties, they are applied for remediation of sites polluted by heavy metals and organic contaminants, both in soil flushing and in phytoremediation. However, their direct effects on tree physiology especially in consociation with heavy metal pollution, as well as their possible absorption by plants, have not been appropriately investigated. In order to evaluate plant uptake/translocation of the surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and the heavy metal zinc (Zn) in Populus alba L...
December 7, 2017: Tree Physiology
Theeta Sricoth, Weeradej Meeinkuirt, John Pichtel, Puntaree Taeprayoon, Patompong Saengwilai
The ability of a mixture of Typha angustifolia and Eichhornia crassipes to remove organics, nutrients, and heavy metals from wastewater from a Thailand fresh market was studied. Changes in physicochemical properties of the wastewater including pH, temperature, chemical oxygen demand, dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), total P, TOC, conductivity, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, NO3--N, NH3-N, and metal (Pb, Cd, and Zn) concentrations were monitored. In the aquatic plant (AP) treatment, 100% survival of both species was observed...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Omena Bernard Ojuederie, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola
Environmental pollution from hazardous waste materials, organic pollutants and heavy metals, has adversely affected the natural ecosystem to the detriment of man. These pollutants arise from anthropogenic sources as well as natural disasters such as hurricanes and volcanic eruptions. Toxic metals could accumulate in agricultural soils and get into the food chain, thereby becoming a major threat to food security. Conventional and physical methods are expensive and not effective in areas with low metal toxicity...
December 4, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Chen Yongkun, Zhi Junkai, Li Xiaoyu, Zhang Hao, Liu Huabo, Xu Jichen
Metallothioneins (MTs) are known for their heavy metal deoxidation during phytoremediation. To estimate their roles in the cadmium (Cd) hyperaccumulator Phytolacca americana L., three MT genes, PaMT3-1, PaMT3-2 and PaMT3-3, belonging to the MT3 subfamily were cloned. They separately encoded 63, 65 and 65 amino acids, respectively, containing12, 10 and 11 cysteines, respectively. Each gene was individually transformed and expressed in Escherichia coli cells. A Cd-resistance assay showed that the recombinant strains had enhanced survival rates, especially those containing PaMT3-1 and PaMT3-3...
November 29, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Songqiang Deng, Tan Ke, Longtai Li, Shenwen Cai, Yuyue Zhou, Yue Liu, Limin Guo, Lanzhou Chen, Dayi Zhang
Rhizospheric microbes play important roles in plant growth and heavy metals (HMs) transformation, possessing great potential for the successful phytoremediation of environmental pollutants. In the present study, the rhizosphere of Elsholtzia haichowensis Sun was comprehensively studied to uncover the influence of environmental factors (EFs) on the whole microbial communities including bacteria, fungi and archaea, via quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and high-throughput sequencing. By analyzing molecular ecological network and multivariate regression trees (MRT), we evaluated the distinct impacts of 37 EFs on soil microbial community...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Jie Luo, Limei Cai, Shihua Qi, Jian Wu, Xiaowen Sophie Gu
The phytoremediation efficiency of various metals by Ficus microcarpa was evaluated through a real scale experiment in the present study. The root biomass production of the species varied significantly from 3.68 to 5.43 g because of the spatial heterogeneity of different metals. It would take 4-93 years to purify the excess Cd of the experimental site. Mercury was the most inflexible element which can barely be phytoremediated by F. microcarpa. After the species transplanted from the polluted soil to the clean site, Cd and Cu were transferred to the rhizosphere soil to different extent while the bulk soil was barely influenced...
November 7, 2017: Chemosphere
Qiyu Lu, Jianhua Li, Fabo Chen, Ming'an Liao, Lijin Lin, Yi Tang, Dong Liang, Hui Xia, Yunsong Lai, Xun Wang, Cheng Chen, Wei Ren
Intercropping affects heavy-metal uptake in plants. In this study, three cadmium (Cd)-accumulator species (Stellaria media, Malachium aquaticum, and Galium aparine) were intercropped together in Cd-contaminated soil to study the effects of intercropping on co-remediation. Mutual intercropping significantly increased the biomasses of S. media, M. aquaticum, and G. aparine compared with their respective monocultures. The photosynthetic pigment contents of three species were not significantly affected by mutual intercropping...
November 9, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Tianxue Yang, Qiang He, Chunguang He, Aixia Wang, Lianxi Sheng
Dredging has been practiced to remove sediment impacted by persistent contaminants, such as heavy metals. Of these metals, lead (Pb) is of particular concern due to its toxicity. Therefore, dredged sediment containing Pb requires further mitigation. One method for Pb mitigation is phytoremediation of dredged sediment. In this study, the partitioning of Pb in sediment during phytoremediation by willow (Salix integra) was assessed. The results showed that, in general, the bioavailable forms of Pb declined with increased application of the standard Hoagland nutrient solution, which appeared to enhance the Fe-Mn oxide fraction and residual inert fraction...
November 2, 2017: Ecotoxicology
Hui Huang, Wenlin Yao, Ronghua Li, Amjad Ali, Juan Du, Di Guo, Ran Xiao, Zhanyu Guo, Zengqiang Zhang, Mukesh Kumar Awasthi
This study aimed to evaluate the chemical forms, behavior and environmental risk of heavy metal (HMs) Zn, Pb and Cd in phytoremediation residue (PMR) pyrolyzed at 350 °C, 550 °C and 750 °C, respectively. The behavior of HMs variation during the PMR pyrolysis process was analyzed and the potential HMs environmental risk of phytoremediation residue biochars (PMB) was assessed which was seldom investigated before. The results showed that the pyrolysis temperature increase decreased the soluble/exchangeable HMs fraction and alleviated the HMs bioavailability...
October 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Dorota Kasowska, Krzysztof Gediga, Zofia Spiak
Copper ore mining and processing release hazardous post-flotation wastes that are difficult for remediation. The studied tailings were extremely rich in Cu (1800 mg kg(-1)) and contaminated with Co and Mn, and contained very little available forms of P, Fe, and Zn. The plants growing in tailings were distinctly enriched in Cu, Cd, Co, Ni, and Pb, and the concentration of copper achived the critical toxicity level in shoots of Cerastium arvense and Polygonum aviculare. The redundancy analysis demonstrated significant relationship between the concentration of available forms of studied elements in substrate and the chemical composition of plant shoots...
October 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jongkeun Lee, Ki Young Park, Jinwoo Cho, Jae Young Kim
In this study, lab-scale batch tests were conducted to investigate releasing characteristics of heavy metals according to degradation of heavy metal containing biomass. The fate of heavy metals after released from biomass was also determined through adsorption tests and Visual MINTEQ simulation. According to the anaerobic batch test results as well as volatile solids and carbon balance analyses, maximum of 60% by wt. of biomass was degraded. During the anaerobic biodegradation, among Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn, only Cu and Zn were observed in soluble form (approximately 40% by wt...
October 13, 2017: Chemosphere
Yi Tang, Lijin Lin, Yongdong Xie, Ji Liu, Guochao Sun, Huanxiu Li, Ming'an Liao, Zhihui Wang, Dong Liang, Hui Xia, Xun Wang, Jing Zhang, Zejing Liu, Zhi Huang, Zhongqun He, Lihua Tu
Phytoremediation technology has become one of the main techniques for remediating soils polluted by heavy metals because it does not damage the environment, but heavy metal-tolerant plants have the disadvantages of low biomass and slow growth. A pot experiment was conducted to study the effects of melatonin (Mel) on growth and cadmium (Cd) accumulation in the Cd accumulator Malachium aquaticum and hyperaccumulator Galinsoga parviflora by spraying different concentrations of Mel on them. The results showed that shoot biomass, photosynthetic pigment content and antioxidant enzyme activity were increased in both species after Mel was sprayed on their leaves...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
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