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    Description

    Phytoremediation is an emerging technology for remediating brownfields, landfills, and other contaminated sites. Many laboratory and field tests have demonstrated that trees and other vegetation can absorb, transform, or contain a variety of contaminants, including soft and heavy metals and volatile organics through hydraulic control, absorption, and mycorrhizal activity in the root zone. But phytoremediation can not be applied in an "off the shelf" fashion because plants grow differently on different soils, different microenvironmnets, and different types of contaminants. Site- and contaminant- specific protocols are needed to effectively use phytoremediation.

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    Citation

    Westphal, Lynne M.; Isebrands, J. G. 2001. Phytoremediation of Chicago''s brownfields: consideration of ecological approaches and social issues. In: Brownfields 2001 proceedings; Chicago, II.

    Keywords

    phyoremediation, brownfields, Chicago, ecological, social issues

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