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Emerging Technologies and Management of Crop Stress Tolerance by Saiema Rasool, Parvaiz Ahmad

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Chapter 19

Prospects of Field Crops for Phytoremediation of Contaminants

Poonam, Renu Bhardwaj, Resham Sharma, Neha Handa, Harpreet Kaur, Ravdeep Kaur, Geetika Sirhindi and A.K. Thukral

Anthropogenic activities have led to increased pollution of soil all over the world. These pollutants can be either organic (e.g., PCBs, PAHs, fertilizers, pesticides) or inorganic pollutants including various heavy metals (e.g., Cd, Cu, As, Zn, Hg, Pb). Phytoremediation is a green technology in which plants are used to clean up pollutants from water and soil. This environmentally friendly and cost-effective technology is now focusing on higher plants with large biomass that have a high tolerance to pollutants. Due to low shoot and root growth of hyperaccumulator ...

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