Environmental Bioengineering

Volume 11 of the series Handbook of Environmental Engineering pp 233-275


Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils and Water Using Vetiver Grass

  • Paul N. V. TruongAffiliated withVeticon Consulting Pty Ltd
  • , Yin Kwan FoongAffiliated withEnvironmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
  • , Michael GuthrieAffiliated withSchool of Civil Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
  • , Yung-Tse HungAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cleveland State University

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Phytoremediation includes utilization of plants to remediate polluted soils. In this chapter, application of Vetiver grass in phytoremediation of heavy metal contaminated soils is discussed. Case studies in Australia, China, and South Africa are presented. The future application may be in the areas of mine site stabilization, landfill rehabilitation, leachate treatment, wastewater treatment, and other land rehabilitation. It is a low-cost remediation method.