Heavy Metal Remediation: Transport and Accumulation in Plants


Dharmendra Kumar Gupta (Editor)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität, Hannover Institut für Radioökologie und Strahlenschutz (IRS), Germany

Soumya Chatterjee (Editor)
Defense Research & Development Organization, Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India
Defense Research Laboratory, Tezpur, India

Series: Environmental Research Advances
BISAC: SCI026000

Plants have a very specific and efficient mechanism to obtain, translocate and store nutrients from the surrounding environment. The precise mechanism that helps a plant in nutrient translocation from root to shoot also, in the same way, transfers and stores toxic metals within their structure. Metal toxicity generally causes multiple direct or indirect effects on plants, affecting nearly all of their physiological functions. Plant tolerance to heavy metals depends largely on plant efficiency in uptake, translocation and sequestration of heavy metals in specific cell organelles or specialized tissues.

The main purpose of this book is to present a holistic view of the recent advancement in the field of accumulation and remediation using plants, the green solar powered alternative to ameliorate heavy metal from the polluted environment. The key features of the book are related to metal transporters and metal accumulation mechanisms under heavy metal stress in plants, plant transcriptional regulation and responses under metal contamination, multiple toxic metal contaminations and its phytoremediation approaches etc. Based on the advancement of research in recent years, the information compiled in this book will bring an in-depth knowledge on the bioaccumulation of metals, their transportation in natural conditions or genetically modified plants and their strategy to cope with the toxicity to survive in the hostile environment. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Mechanism of Metal Transporters in Plants (pp. 1-28)
Anindita Mitra, Soumya Chatterjee, Sibnarayan Datta, Sonika Sharma, Vijay Veer, Bam H. M. Razafindrabe, Clemens Walther and Dharmendra K. Gupta (Department of Zoology, Bankura Christian College, Bankura, West Bengal, India and others)

Chapter 2 – Metal Transporters for Uptake, Sequestration and Translocation (pp. 29-44)
Sarra Arbaoui, Rym Ben Slimane, Salah Rezgui and Taoufik Bettaieb (Horticultural Science Laboratory, National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia, Tunis Mahragene, and University of Carthage, Carthage, Tunisia)

Chapter 3 – Update on Mechanisms Involved in Arsenic and Chromium Accumulation, Translocation and Homeostasis in Plants (pp. 45-72)
Paola S. González, Melina A. Talano, Ana L. Wevar Oller, Sabrina G. Ibañez, María I. Medina and Elizabeth Agostini (Departamento de Biología Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físico-Químicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Río Cuarto (Córdoba), Argentina)

Chapter 4 – Mechanisms and Engineering Plant Metal Accumulation and Transport (pp. 73-88)
Rajeev Kumar Sarma, Varghese Inchakalody, Hema Jagadeesan and Sathishkumar Ramalingam (Plant Genetic Engineering Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, and Department of Biotechnology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India)

Chapter 5 – Plant Metabolomics and its Application to Explore Metal Toxicity Mechanism (pp. 89-106)
Xiangfeng Zeng, Alexandra Lynn, Shuhe Wei and Jun Wang (Key Laboratory of Pollution Ecology and Environment Engineering, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, P.R. China and others)

Chapter 6 – A Review on Plant Mechanisms for Uptake, Transport and Bio-Concentration of Toxic Heavy Metals (pp. 107-126)
Monalisa Mohanty (Laboratory of Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry, Post Graduate Department of Botany, Utkal University, Odisha, India)

Chapter 7 – Heavy Metal Uptake and the Effect on Plant Growth (pp. 127-154)
Paulo Ademar Avelar Ferreira, Gustavo Brunetto, Admir José Giachini and Cláudio Roberto Fonsêca Sousa Soares (Department of Soil Science, Federal University of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, and Center for Biological Sciences, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil)

Chapter 8 – In Vitro Selection of Plants for the Removal of Toxic Metals from Contaminated Soil: Role of Genetic Variation in Phytoremediation (pp. 155-178)
Sonika Sharma, Soumya Chatterjee, Sibnarayan Datta, Anindita Mitra, Mohan G. Vairale, Vijay Veer, Ankita Chourasia and Dharmendra K. Gupta (Defence Research Laboratory, DRDO, Assam, India and others)

Chapter 9 – Phytoremediation of Multiply Metal-contaminated Environments: Synergistic and Competitive Effects between Heavy Metals During Uptake and Transport (pp. 179-200)
Esra Üçüncü, Alper Devrim Özkan, Tolga Tarkan Ölmez and Evren Tunca (Ankara University, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ankara; Bilkent University, UNAM-Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Ankara, and Ordu University, Department of Marine Science and Technology Engineering, Fatsa, Ordu, Turkey)

Chapter 10 – Exploring Potential of Using Phytoremediation for Co-Contaminated Soils (pp. 201-218)
Chibuike Chigbo and Ernest O. Nnadi (School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, and Sustainable Drainage Applied Research Group, Coventry University, UK)

Chapter 11 – Heavy Metal Remediation by Dead Plants and Algae (pp. 219-234)
Reza Panahi and Mina Ebrahimi (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran, Tehran, and R&D Department, Zistec Ltd., Fatemi Ave., Tehran, Iran)



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