Phytoremediation of Radioactive Contaminated Soils

Muhammad Ibrahim, Muhammad Adrees, Umer Rashid, Syed Hammad Raza, Farhat Abbas

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Radioactive accidents in the pasts and contamination of soil due to various radioactive materials have necessitated the use of all possible measures for the decontamination of land with minimal loss to the environment. This contamination is caused due to nuclear testing, nuclear waste disposal and sometimes accidents at nuclear power generation plants. Phytoremediation of such contaminated lands provides a very economic and environmentally friendly option which may be utilized on a sustainable basis. The accumulation of radionuclides in soils and their impacts on plants in the nearby areas need to be investigated. The current chapter discusses the knowledge gained after several investigations at sites contaminated due to nuclear radioactive materials. The problem, extent and nature of problem at radioactive contaminated sites and how plants may be utilized for the decontamination of lands and the problems associated with this strategy have been summarized here.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoil Remediation and Plants
Subtitle of host publicationProspects and Challenges
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780127999135
ISBN (Print)9780127999371
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Phytoremediation
  • Radio-ecology
  • Radioactivity
  • Soil health
  • Uranium


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