140-17 Phytoremediation Database Project.

See more from this Division: S11 Soils & Environmental Quality
See more from this Session: General Soils and Environmental Quality: II
Monday, November 1, 2010
Long Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall BC, Lower Level
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Nathan Nelson1, Ganga Hettiarachchi2, Sandra Agudelo-Arbelaez1, James Henson3, Jerrell Lemunyon4, Peter Kulakow5 and Susan Andrews6, (1)Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
(2)2107 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
(3)USDA NRCS, Baton Rouge, LA
(4)USDA-NRCS, Fort Worth, TX
(5)PMB 7006, NIGERIA, Government of, Umuahia, ABIA, NIGERIA
(6)East National Technology Support Center, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, NC
Phytoremediation research has progressed over the last several decades as a wide variety of species have been examined for their potential to remediate problems associated diverse contaminants through various mechanisms.  Although research continues, successful phytoremediation strategies have been employed in full-scale remediation projects.  The objectives of this project are to i) categorize phytoremediation research into a single database, linking research papers, species, and contaminants; ii) classify the successfulness of the plant species to remediate contaminants  iii) categorize case studies where phytoremediation has been employed in full-scale remediation projects.  Over 1000 references investigating the remediation of 103 contaminants by 1100 plant species  are classified in the database.  Entries include attributes such as the mechanism tested, media type, and study type.  Phytoremediation success is rated as successful, conditionally successful, not successful, or insufficient information.  Case studies are also identified where phytoremediation has been successfully employed.  This database will serve as a resource for individuals interested in investigating phytoremediation options.