Plant and Soil

, Volume 256, Issue 2, pp 265–272 | Cite as

Phytoextraction capacity of trees growing on a metal contaminated soil



Phytoremediation is an innovative biological technique to reclaim land contaminated by heavy metals or organic pollutants. In the present work, we studied the ability of five woody species to extract heavy metal (copper, zinc or cadmium) from a polluted soil to their above-ground tissues. Metal content in leaves and twigs was determined. Salix and Betula transferred zinc and cadmium to leaves and twigs, but Alnus, Fraxinus and Sorbus excluded them from their above-ground tissues. None of the species considered transferred copper to the shoots.

heavy metals metal availability phytoremediation soil revitalisation sewage sludge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Rosselli
    • 1
  • Catherine Keller
    • 2
  • Katia Boschi
    • 3
  1. 1.WSL Swiss Federal Research InstituteLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), Soil & Water Management, Laboratory of PedologySwiss Federal Institute of Technology of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.LWFBayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und ForstwirtschaftFreisingGermany

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