Metal accumulation capability of weeds and their utilization in phytoremediation technology

Anand Mohan, Madhuri Girdhar, Hasibur Rehman, Anil Kumar, Shalini Saggu, Abid Ali Ansari

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7 Scopus citations


A wide range of anthropogenic activities cause physiochemical changes in the nature of soil. This leads to the contamination of environment. There are many methods employed to clean up environment from these contaminants, but most of them are costly and ineffective to provide proper results. Chemical methods employed act with complicated mechanism and lots of cost input. Phytoremediation is a technology that acts with deployment of green plants, for removal of toxic metals from the polluted environment. Phytoremediation is a cost-effective technique through which clean-up of contaminated soil loaded with high heavy metals is performed by weeds and small herbal plants. Phytoremediation has become a successful technology for hyperaccumulation of heavy metals; arsenic, lead, mercury, copper, chromium, nickel etc., by weeds. Weeds have intrinsic capacity to accumulate metals into their shoots and root and further to form phytochelates and stabilize ions. This accumulation activity of these weeds along with stable compound formation acts as a boon for phytoremediation technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhytoremediation
Subtitle of host publicationManagement of Environmental Contaminants, Volume 2
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319109695
ISBN (Print)9783319109688
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Amaranthus
  • Cannabis sativa
  • Hyperaccumulation
  • Intrinsic capacity
  • Phytochelates
  • Phytoremediation
  • Rorippa globosa
  • Solanum nigrum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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