Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils and Water Using Vetiver Grass

  • Paul N. V. Truong
  • Yin Kwan Foong
  • Michael Guthrie
  • Yung-Tse Hung
Part of the Handbook of Environmental Engineering book series (HEE, volume 11)


Phytoremediation includes utilization of plants to remediate polluted soils. In this chapter, application of Vetiver grass in phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils is discussed. Case studies in Australia, China, and South Africa are presented. The future application may be in the areas of mine site stabilization, landfill rehabilitation, leachate treatment, wastewater treatment, and other land rehabilitation. It is a low-cost remediation method.


Heavy Metal Bauxite Residue Exchangeable Sodium Percentage Vetiver Grass Rhodes Grass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul N. V. Truong
    • 1
  • Yin Kwan Foong
    • 2
  • Michael Guthrie
    • 3
  • Yung-Tse Hung
    • 4
  1. 1.Veticon Consulting Pty LtdBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Environmental Engineering, School of Civil EngineeringQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.School of Civil EngineeringQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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