Evaluation of the Potential of Burningbush (Kochia scoparia (L.) Schard) and Maize (Zea mays L.) and the Role of Soil Organic Amendment in Phytoremediation of Gasoline-Contaminated Soils

  • Ali Daryabeigi Zand
  • Hassan Hoveidi
Research paper


A greenhouse study was conducted to investigate the performance of burningbush (Kochia scoparia (L.) Schard) and maize (Zea mays L.) in removal of hydrocarbons from soils contaminated with different levels of gasoline. Plants’ capability to grow in gasoline-spiked soils was also evaluated. Additionally, peat fertilizer applied to selected treatments to identify the role of organic amendment of soil on plant growth and remediation potential in contaminated soil. Both studied plant species were found to tolerate gasoline contamination up to the highest applied concentration, i.e., 10,000 mg/kg; however, seedling emergence and subsequent growth were affected in the presence of various levels gasoline in soil. Germination, biomass and root length of burningbush and maize significantly decreased in the presence of higher levels of gasoline (P < 0.05). Positive influence of soil amendment with peat on plant growth and phytoremediation performance was achieved. Remediation ability of both plant species was altered by variation in gasoline content of soil. For instance, increase in gasoline content of unamended soils from 1000 to 10,000 mg/kg reduced hydrocarbon dissipation in the rhizosphere of burningbush from 92.48 to 79.44%. Burningbush and maize demonstrated considerable remediation ability over the course of experiment, with slightly higher effectiveness for burningbush both in amended and in unamended soils. Results indicated that high tolerance and biomass establishment of a given plant species in gasoline-contaminated soil, as observed for burningbush and maize, may imply promising phytoremediation performance.


Gasoline Phytoremediation Burningbush Maize Spiked soil 


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  1. 1.Faculty of EnvironmentUniversity of TehranTehranIran

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