Heavy Metal Contamination of Soils

Monitoring and Remediation

  • Irena Sherameti
  • Ajit Varma

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sources of Heavy Metals in Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vesna Stankov Jovanović, Violeta Mitić, Snežana Nikolić Mandić, Marija Ilić, Strahinja Simonović
      Pages 3-21
    3. Zeshan Ali, Alvina G. Kazi, Riffat N. Malik, Mehreen Naz, Tayyaba Khan, Asim Hayat et al.
      Pages 23-42
    4. Jean B. Diatta, Ewa Chudzińska, Leszek Drobek, Aleksandra Wojcicka-Półtorak, Bernd Markert, Simone Wünschmann
      Pages 43-79
    5. Avanthi Deshani Igalavithana, Sabry M. Shaheen, Jae Nam Park, Sang Soo Lee, Yong Sik Ok
      Pages 81-101
  3. Monitoring Heavy Metals in Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Takeshi Kobayashi, Yuyu Liu, Yukari Takahashi, Takashi Kameya, Yuko Yamada
      Pages 105-111
    3. Silvia Rita Stazi, Rosita Marabottini, Ruxandra Papp, Maria Cristina Moscatelli
      Pages 113-126
    4. Muhammad Zaffar Hashmi, Naeem Akhtar Abbasi, Xianjin Tang, Riffat Naseem Malik
      Pages 127-143
  4. Adaptation Strategies of Plants and Bacteria in Response to Heavy Metals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Tayyaba Komal, Midhat Mustafa, Zeshan Ali, Alvina G. Kazi
      Pages 181-194
    3. Ewa Chudzińska, Aleksandra Wojnicka-Półtorak, Wiesław Prus-Głowacki, Konrad Celiński, Jean B. Diatta, Leszek Drobek
      Pages 195-213
    4. Fatima Maria de Souza Moreira, Paulo Ademar Avelar Ferreira, Laíze Aparecida Ferreira Vilela, Marco Aurélio Carbone Carneiro
      Pages 215-243
    5. Anelia Kenarova, Silvena Boteva
      Pages 245-257
  5. Approaches for the Remediation of Contaminated Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Helga Kovacs, Katalin Szemmelveisz, Arpad B. Palotas
      Pages 261-277
    3. My Dung Jusselme, Edouard Miambi, Thierry Lebeau, Corinne Rouland-Lefevre
      Pages 279-298
    4. Ali A. Abdel-Salam, Haythum M. Salem, Mohamed A. Abdel-Salam, Mahmoud F. Seleiman
      Pages 299-309
    5. Verónica Asensio, Alfonso Rodríguez-Vila, Emma F. Covelo
      Pages 311-331
    6. Nathalie Diagne, Mariama Ngom, Pape Ibrahima Djighaly, Daouda Ngom, Babou Ndour, Maimouna Cissokho et al.
      Pages 355-366
    7. Ali Akbar Safari Sinegani, Iman Tahmasbian, Mahboobe Safari Sinegani
      Pages 367-393
  6. Genetic Engineering: A Tool to Cleaning Up Contaminated Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Umesh B. Jagtap, Vishwas A. Bapat
      Pages 433-470
  7. Zeshan Ali, Alvina G. Kazi, Mehreen Naz, Tayyaba Khan, Asim Hayat, A. Mujeeb-Kazi et al.
    Pages E1-E2
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 487-497

About this book


Following a description of the various sources and factors influencing the contents of heavy metal pollution in post-catastrophic and agricultural soils, subsequent chapters examine soil enzymes and eggs as bio-monitors, lead adsorption, the effects of arsenic on microbial diversity, and the effects of Mediterranean grasslands on abandoned mines. A third section focuses on the adaptation strategies used by plants and bacteria, such as Pinus sylvestris in industrial areas, and the rhizosphere in contaminated tropical soils and soil treated with sewage sludge. Further topics addressed include strategies of bioremediation, e.g. using transgenic plants as tools for soil remediation.

This new volume on heavy metals in soil will be of interest to researchers and scholars in microbial and plant biotechnology, agriculture, the environmental sciences and soil ecology.


Heavy metal pollution Mineral deposits Phytoremediation Soil contamination Soil monitoring

Editors and affiliations

  • Irena Sherameti
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine Botanik und PflanzenphysiologieUniversität JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

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