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The Plant Family Brassicaceae

Contribution Towards Phytoremediation

  • Naser A. Anjum
  • Iqbal Ahmad
  • M. Eduarda Pereira
  • Armando C. Duarte
  • Shahid Umar
  • Nafees A. Khan
  • Updates understanding of potential use of plant family

  • Brassicaceae in remediation of contaminants

  • Stimulating insights into mechanism involved in physiological, biochemical and molecular processes responsible for environmental contaminants accumulation

  • Brassicaceae are suited to genetic manipulation, in vitro culture techniques and attractive candidates for introduction of genes aimed at phytoremediation


Part of the Environmental Pollution book series (EPOL, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Naser A. Anjum, Sarvajeet S. Gill, Iqbal Ahmad, M. Pacheco, Armando C. Duarte, Shahid Umar et al.
    Pages 1-33
  3. Qaisar Mahmood, Audil Rashid, Sheikh S. Ahmad, Muhammad R. Azim, Muhammad Bilal
    Pages 35-69
  4. Sarvajeet S. Gill, Naser A. Anjum, Iqbal Ahmad, P. Thangavel, G. Sridevi, M. Pacheco et al.
    Pages 99-137
  5. Mushtaq Ahmed, V. K. Singh, R. S. Upadhyay
    Pages 139-152
  6. Adriano Sofo, Antonio Scopa, Tony Remans, Jaco Vangronsveld, Ann Cuypers
    Pages 239-263
  7. Munir Ozturk, Abdul R. Memon, Salih Gucel, M. Serdal Sakcali
    Pages 265-287
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 331-339

About this book


With the advent of the Industrial Revolution , the biosphere has been continuously polluted with a myriad of contaminants that urgently need global attention. In this perspective, most of the genera of the plant family Brassicaceae (Crucifereae or the mustard family) are significant parts of the plants- and associated microbes-based strategies adopted for the cleanup of varied contaminants from environmental compartments. Important genera such as Alyssum, Arabidopsis, Brassica and Thlaspi from Brassicaceae which, besides acting as attractive genetic models, well-represent the metal hyperaccumulation among approximately 0.2% of all angiosperms and thus, play a key role in the phytoremediation technology. This book i) provides an exhaustive evaluation of the current status of contaminants (metals/metalloids)-addition to varied environmental compartments and its consequences, ii) offers comprehensive and state-of-the-art information on the significance of the plants from the family Brassicaceae in solving environmental pollution issues, iii) examines the physiological, biochemical and molecular-genetic strategies adopted by the plants from Brassicaceae for the remediation of and tolerance to varied environmental contaminants, and iv) supplies a broad reference to the field of environmental science and related disciplines. As a pioneer work on the subject and significant addition to the Environmental Pollution book series, the current volume promises to be a useful asset for researchers, students, other academics and policy makers involved in sustainable remediation of varied environmental compartments.


Environmental Pollution Phytoremediation Plant family Brassicaceae Plants’ environmental contaminants Sustainable environmental management

Editors and affiliations

  • Naser A. Anjum
    • 1
  • Iqbal Ahmad
    • 2
  • M. Eduarda Pereira
    • 3
  • Armando C. Duarte
    • 4
  • Shahid Umar
    • 5
  • Nafees A. Khan
    • 6
  1. 1.Centre for Environmental+Marine Studies, (CESAM) &University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.(CESAM) &, Department of Chemistry and BiologyCentre for Environmental+Marine StudiesAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Centre for Environmental+Marine Studies, (CESAM) &University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  4. 4.Centre for Environmental+Marine Studies, (CESAM) &University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  5. 5.Deptartment of Botany, Faculty of ScienceHamdard UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  6. 6.Department of Botany, Faculty of Life SciencesAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia

About the editors

Naser A. Anjum and Iqbal Ahmad are Scientists at Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies & Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. M. Edurada Pereira and Armando C. Duarte are Professors in the Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal; and Researchers at Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal. Shahid Umar is Associate Professor in the Department of Botany, Division of Plant Stress Physiology, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India. Nafees A. Khan is a Professor of Plant Physiology in the Department of Botany, Division of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, U.P., India.

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From the reviews:

“This volume bringing together a review of the underlying fundamental mechanisms underpinning phytoremediation combined with translational aspects is both timely and of considerable interest. … They are largely well written and give a good summary of the current scientific literature. … I would recommend this volume to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and academic and applied scientists working in the field of phytoremediation. It would be a welcome addition in university libraries, and I will be recommending it to students that I teach and supervise.” (Richard Mithen, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 49 (1), 2013)