Mycorrhizal-Based Phytostabilization of Zn–Pb Tailings: Lessons from the Trzebionka Mining Works (Southern Poland)

  • Katarzyna TurnauEmail author
  • Stefan Gawroński
  • Przemysław Ryszka
  • Douglas Zook
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 31)


The chapter summarizes the research on the role of mycorrhiza in phytostabilization of heavy-metal-rich tailings from the ZG Trzebionka (southern Poland) industrial sites. The deposited substratum is difficult to phytoremediate. For example, plants conventionally introduced in such places disappear relatively soon, while those appearing during natural succession replace them. Properly developed mycorrhizal symbiosis enhances the survival of plants in such metal-rich areas by improving both nutrient acquisition and water relations. Moreover, mycorrhizal fungi were also found to play an important role in heavy metal detoxification and the establishment of vegetation. Certain fungal strains isolated from old zinc wastes also decrease heavy metal uptake by plants which grow on metal-rich substrates, thus limiting the risk of increasing the levels of these elements into the food chain. Mycorrhizal fungi isolated from the area were shown to be more effective in plant growth enhancement than those from nonpolluted area. Therefore, the effectiveness of the bioremediation techniques depends on the appropriate selection of both the plant and the fungal partners.


Heavy Metal Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Mycorrhizal Fungus Industrial Waste Mycorrhizal Colonization 
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This chapter was written within the framework of the Project UMBRELLA (EU FP7 no 226870).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katarzyna Turnau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stefan Gawroński
    • 2
  • Przemysław Ryszka
    • 1
  • Douglas Zook
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental SciencesJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  3. 3.Boston UniversityBostonUSA

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