© 2012

Introduction to Phytoremediation of Contaminated Groundwater

Historical Foundation, Hydrologic Control, and Contaminant Remediation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Overview of Plants, Groundwater, and Their Interaction

  3. Plant and Groundwater Interactions for Hydrologic Control

  4. Contaminant Interaction, Partitioning, Uptake, Transformation, Metabolism, and Loss

About this book


This book provides the reader with the comprehensive view necessary to understand and critically evaluate the design, implementation, and monitoring of phytoremediation at sites characterized by contaminated groundwater.


Part I presents the historical foundation of the interaction between plants and groundwater, introduces fundamental groundwater concepts for plant physiologists, and introduces basic plant physiology for hydrogeologists.


Part II presents information on how to assess, design, implement, and monitor phytoremediation projects for hydrologic control.


Part III presents how plants take up and detoxify a wide range of organic xenobiotics in contaminated groundwater systems, and provides various approaches on how this can be assessed and monitored.


Throughout, concepts are emphasized with numerous case studies, illustrations and pertinent literature citations.


This book will be of interest to those professionals dealing with environmental contamination, hydrology, plant physiology, toxicology, microbiology, and resource economics.



Contamination Groundwater Phytoremediation Remediation Transpiration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., South Carolina Water Science CenterU.S. Geological SurveyColumbiaUSA

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From the reviews:

“Landmeyer (US Geological Survey) provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of this interdisciplinary science, including starting sections that give background information on relevant aspects of both plant physiology and groundwater hydrology necessary to understand plant/groundwater interactions. … Summing Up: Recommended. … Graduate students through professionals/practitioners.” (C. W. Dimmick, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), August, 2012)