Detoxification of Heavy Metals

  • Irena Sherameti
  • Ajit Varma

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Jyoti Agrawal, Irena Sherameti, Ajit Varma
    Pages 1-34
  3. Hermann Bothe
    Pages 35-57
  4. Shao Hongbo, Chu Liye, Xu Gang, Yan Kun, Zhang Lihua, Sun Junna
    Pages 73-90
  5. Stanislaw W. Gawronski, Maria Greger, Helena Gawronska
    Pages 91-109
  6. Dora M. Carmona, Raúl Zornoza, Ángel Faz, Silvia Martínez-Martínez, Jose A. Acosta
    Pages 111-128
  7. Miki Kawachi, Yoshihiro Kobae, Rie Tomioka, Masayoshi Maeshima
    Pages 129-142
  8. Valentina P. Kholodova, Elena M. Ivanova, Vladimir V. Kuznetsov
    Pages 143-167
  9. Dharmendra K. Gupta, Sudhakar Srivastava, H. G. Huang, Maria C. Romero-Puertas, Luisa M. Sandalio
    Pages 169-179
  10. Tapan Jyoti Purakayastha
    Pages 221-260
  11. Laura A. Hardulak, Mary L. Preuss, Joseph M. Jez
    Pages 289-301
  12. Etsuro Yoshimura
    Pages 303-316
  13. Przemysław Malec, Beata Mysliwa-Kurdziel, M. N. V. Prasad, Andrzej Waloszek, Kazimierz Strzałka
    Pages 345-368
  14. Sema Camci Cetin, Ayten Karaca, Ridvan Kizilkaya, Oguz Can Turgay
    Pages 369-388
  15. D. V. Yadav, Radha Jain, R. K. Rai
    Pages 389-405
  16. Oguz Can Turgay, Ridvan Kizilkaya, Ayten Karaca, Sema Camci Cetin
    Pages 407-421
  17. Roberto Terzano, Matteo Spagnuolo
    Pages 423-438
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 439-448

About this book


Heavy metals are severe environmental pollutants, and many of them are toxic even at very low concentrations. With industrial development, soil pollution with heavy metal elements have dramatically increased. The uptake of heavy metals via plants that are exposed to contaminated soils is a risk for human health and a major hazard for the ecosystem as a whole, including soil microorganisms. On the other hand, plants may be used in the decontamination of soils.

The topics presented in this book include: sources of heavy metals contaminants in soils; plant species that can grow on contaminated soils; the phytoremediation of contaminated soils; tolerance, accumulation and detoxification mechanisms of zinc, copper, arsenic, cadmium and vanadium in plants; the critical role of sulfur metabolism in heavy metal tolerance; the role of aquatic macrophytes, plant growth-promoting bacteria, sugar crops and earthworms in detoxification; and heavy metal stabilization by promoting zeolite synthesis in soils.


Contaminated soils Metal accumulation in plants Phytoremediation Soil pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • Irena Sherameti
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1., Inst. Allgemeine Botanik u. PflanzenphysUniversität JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Microbial SciencesAmity University Uttar PradeshNoidaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-21407-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-21408-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-3382
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