Mycoremediation Mechanisms for Heavy Metal Resistance/Tolerance in Plants

  • Poonam C. Singh
  • Sonal Srivastava
  • Deepali Shukla
  • Vidisha Bist
  • Pratibha Tripathi
  • Vandana Anand
  • Salil Kumar Arkvanshi
  • Jasvinder Kaur
  • Suchi SrivastavaEmail author
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Environmental pollution is an ever-increasing problem being faced by the world in the present era. Soil pollution is increasing, owing to dumping of all kinds of wastes, mining and using of agrochemicals and other anthropogenic activities. These pollutants include many recalcitrant organic compounds, e-wastes, isotopic wastes and heavy metals. Heavy metals are essentially polluting agricultural fields and thus affect productivity and quality of the produce. Accumulation of these toxic metals in plants leads to their subsequent transfer and biomagnification in the food chain. Therefore, their toxicity is an area of concern for ecological, evolutionary, nutritional and environmental reasons. Several strategies are being employed for remediation of agricultural soils, mycoremediation being one of them. Mycoremediation is an eco-friendly ‘green-clean’ technology that has tremendous potential to be utilized in the cleaning up of heavy metals and organic pollutants. Association of plant and fungi can detoxify toxic metals, translocate and accumulate them in the above-ground biomass, which has to be then harvested for metal recovery. Despite tremendous potential for the application of mycoremediation in the cleaning up of contaminated soil, sediment and water, it has not been commercialized and used extensively on a large scale. The present chapter discusses the strategies and applicability of mycoremediation mechanisms for heavy metal resistance/tolerance in plants.


Heavy metal Toxicity Mycoremediation Phytochelatins Glutathione Metallothioneins 


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  • Poonam C. Singh
    • 1
  • Sonal Srivastava
    • 1
  • Deepali Shukla
    • 1
  • Vidisha Bist
    • 1
  • Pratibha Tripathi
    • 1
  • Vandana Anand
    • 1
  • Salil Kumar Arkvanshi
    • 1
  • Jasvinder Kaur
    • 1
  • Suchi Srivastava
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Plant Microbe InteractionsCSIR-National Botanical Research InstituteLucknowIndia

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