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Phytoremediation Technology for Land Rehabilitation
Unformatted Document Text:  Phytoremediation is the use of plants to clean up soil and water contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, hydrocarbon, organics, nutrients and other contaminates. Information on technology available for remediation of contaminated sites is needed to assist conservationists, landowners, land managers, and revegetation specialists in rehabilitation of damaged lands. A database that couples phytoremediation technology to plant species information is being developed through a cooperative effort with the USDA-NRCS National Plant Data Center and Kansas State University’s Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center. Published research pilot studies and direct field applications using phytoremediation technology is the foundation of the database. The database is searchable by: contaminant group (e.g. heavy metal, nutrients), specific contaminant (e.g. lead, selenium), planting media (e.g. soil, wetland), field application readiness as defined as 1 to 7 with 7 as most ready, phytoremediation mechanism (e.g. phytodegradation, phytoaccumulation), study type (e.g. greenhouse, field) and plant species (e.g. Latin or common name). For plant species information the database is linked to the PLANTS profiles in the USDA-NRCS PLANTS data base ( ). Other plant science technologies to augment the phytoremediation database are the USDA-NRCS National Plant Materials Program ( ) and the USDA-NRCS Field Office Technical Guide ( ). These technical resources offer the user a comprehensive assessment of the best adapted cultivars and varieties of grasses, legumes and woody plants for specific regions of the U.S. and technical specialists who have knowledge and experience in establishment and management requirements, commercial sources of seed and plants, and technical publications for land rehabilitation.

Authors: Douglas, Joel., Lemunyon, Jerry., Kuenstler, Bill., Henson, James. and Kulakow, Peter.
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Phytoremediation is the use of plants to clean up soil and water contaminated with heavy metals, 
pesticides, hydrocarbon, organics, nutrients and other contaminates. Information on technology 
available for remediation of contaminated sites is needed to assist conservationists, landowners, 
land managers, and revegetation specialists in rehabilitation of damaged lands. A database that 
couples phytoremediation technology to plant species information is being developed through a 
cooperative   effort   with   the   USDA-NRCS   National   Plant   Data   Center   and   Kansas   State 
University’s Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center.   Published 
research pilot  studies  and direct  field  applications  using phytoremediation  technology  is the 
foundation of the database. The database is searchable by: contaminant group (e.g. heavy metal, 
nutrients), specific contaminant (e.g. lead, selenium), planting media (e.g. soil, wetland), field 
application readiness as defined as 1 to 7 with 7 as most ready, phytoremediation mechanism 
(e.g. phytodegradation, phytoaccumulation), study type (e.g. greenhouse, field) and plant species 
(e.g.   Latin   or   common   name).   For   plant   species   information   the   database   is   linked   to   the 
PLANTS profiles in the USDA-NRCS PLANTS data base (
). Other plant 
science technologies to augment the phytoremediation database are the USDA-NRCS National 
Plant   Materials   Program   (
  and   the   USDA-NRCS   Field 
Office Technical Guide (
).  These technical resources 
offer the user a comprehensive assessment of the best adapted cultivars and varieties of grasses, 
legumes and woody plants for specific regions of the U.S. and technical specialists who have 
knowledge and experience in establishment and management requirements, commercial sources 
of seed and plants, and technical publications for land rehabilitation.      

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