Lead Toxicity in Plants: A Review

  • Anindita Mitra
  • Soumya Chatterjee
  • Anna V. Voronina
  • Clemens Walther
  • Dharmendra K. GuptaEmail author
Part of the Radionuclides and Heavy Metals in the Environment book series (RHME)


The harmful effects of lead (Pb) contamination are well known. Accumulation of Pb in the soil due to natural and anthropogenic sources causes substantial problems to soil biota and the milieu, which is of immense concern to the scientific community. Both stable and isotopic Pb, which is naturally present in the environment, can be accumulated within vegetation also disturbing plant growth and food safety. Many plants have developed detoxification mechanisms to accumulate Pb within their body without any harmful effects. Phytoremediation practices may be the better option for amelioration of Pb contaminated soil. This chapter deals with the recent advancements in the field of lead contamination and remediation through bioremediation for safe use of lead-contaminated areas.


Plants Remediation Phytoremediation Genotoxicity 



S.C. sincerely acknowledges and thanks Director, DRL (DRDO), Assam, India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anindita Mitra
    • 1
  • Soumya Chatterjee
    • 2
  • Anna V. Voronina
    • 3
  • Clemens Walther
    • 4
  • Dharmendra K. Gupta
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyBankura Christian CollegeBankuraIndia
  2. 2.Defence Research Laboratory, DRDOTezpurIndia
  3. 3.Radiochemistry and Applied Ecology DepartmentUral Federal University, Physical Technology InstituteEkaterinburgRussia
  4. 4.Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Radioökologie und Strahlenschutz (IRS)HannoverGermany
  5. 5.Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Indira Paryavaran BhavanAliganjIndia

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