CRISPR/Cas9 technology as an innovative approach to enhancing the phytoremediation: Concepts and implications

Misbah Naz, Adalberto Benavides-Mendoza, Muhammad Tariq, Jianyu Zhou, Jiahao Wang, Shanshan Qi, Zhicong Dai, Daolin Du

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Phytoremediation is currently an active field of research focusing chiefly on identifying and characterizing novel and high chelation action super-accumulators. In the last few years, molecular tools have been widely exploited to understand better metal absorption, translocation, cation, and tolerance mechanisms in plants. Recently more advanced CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering technology is also employed to enhance detoxification efficiency. Further, advances in molecular science will trigger the understanding of adaptive phytoremediation ability plant production in current global warming conditions. The enhanced abilities of nucleases for genome modification can improve plant repair capabilities by modifying the genome, thereby achieving a sustainable ecosystem. The purpose of this manuscript focuses on biotechnology's fundamental principles and application to promote climate-resistant metal plants, especially the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system for enhancing the phytoremediation of harmful contamination and pollutants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116296
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • CRISPR/Cas9 technology
  • Gene editing
  • Phytoremediation
  • Stress tolerance


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