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Jatropha and Phytoremediation of Metal Contaminated Land

  • Asha A. Juwarkar
  • S. K. Yadav
  • G. P. Kumar
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Abstract

Wastelands are the degraded and unutilized lands due to different constraints. The metal contaminated lands are ecologically unstable and are unsuitable for cultivation due to decline in their physico-chemical properties, biological quality and productivity. Phytoremediation is an emerging green technology which is based on potential of plants/trees to remove pollutants from contaminated soils/ecosystem. J. curcas has potential for phytoremediation of soil contaminated with heavy metals, salts and hydrocarbons, etc. Phytoremediation of metal contaminated soil with non-edible plants like J. curcas is suitable for its integration in different agroforestry systems. Besides having phytoremediation capabilities, J.curcas produces seeds for bio-diesel and its domestication can provide means of ecofriendly, socioeconomic management involving income generation, climate change mitigation, soft farming and sustainable development of reclaimed sites.

Keywords

Heavy Metal Degraded Land Organic Waste Material Phytoremediation Technology Marine Chemical Research Institute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eco-Restoration DivisionNational Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)NagpurIndia
  2. 2.Plant Nutrition DivisionDefence Food Research LaboratoryMysoreIndia

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