International Journal of Phytoremediation (INT J PHYTOREMEDIAT)

Publisher: Association for the Environmental Health of Soils; Association for Environmental Health and Sciences, Taylor & Francis

Journal description

The International Journal of Phytoremediation covers a wide range of topics related to phytoremediation - not just the techniques. From building partnerships with environmental regulators to managing the physical effects of phytoremediation, you'll find it all in this comprehensive journal. With its peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary articles, you can master phytoremediation and make it a realistic solution to your needs. Topics include: A fragment solution to soil remediation; Enhancement of Cr (III) phytoaccumulation; Screening plant species for growth on weathered, petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated soils; Assessing plant phytoextraction potential through mathematical modeling; Differential tolerance of cool- and warm-season grasses to TNT-contaminated soil; Cropping as a phytoremediation practice for oily desert soil; Plant screening for chromium phytoremediation; Amendment optimization to enhance lead extractability from contaminated soils for phytoremediation; A preparation technique for analysis of explosives in plant tissues.

Current impact factor: 1.74

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.739
2013 Impact Factor 1.466
2012 Impact Factor 1.179
2011 Impact Factor 1.298
2010 Impact Factor 1.936
2009 Impact Factor 1.321
2008 Impact Factor 1.217
2007 Impact Factor 1.489
2006 Impact Factor 1.106
2005 Impact Factor 1.288
2004 Impact Factor 1.06
2001 Impact Factor 0.042

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.88
Cited half-life 4.70
Immediacy index 0.34
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.42
Website International Journal of Phytoremediation website
Other titles Soil & sediment contamination (Online), Soil & sediment contamination, Soil and sediment contamination
ISSN 1522-6514
OCLC 54071039
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The studies aimed at the feasibility of using Enteromorpha prolifera for the removal of ciprofloxacin from aqueous solutions. Batch experiments were carried out for the biosorption of ciprofloxacin onto Enteromorpha prolifera. The factors affecting the biosorption process such as the initial concentration, dosage, pH and the contact time were studied. Enteromorpha prolifera exhibited a maximum biosorption capacity of 21.7 mg/g. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model described the ciprofloxacin biosorption process with a good fitting. The optimum pH of ciprofloxacin adsorbed by Enteromorpha prolifera was 10. Biosorption equilibrium studies demonstrated that the biosorption followed Freundlich isotherm model, which implied a heterogeneous biosorption phenomenon.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 10/2015; 17(10):957-961. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.935288
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    ABSTRACT: The heavy metal-resistant bacteria from rhizospheric soils of wild Populus euphratica forest growing in arid and saline area of northwestern China were investigated by cultivation-dependent methods. After screening on medium sparked with zinc, copper, nickel and lead, 146 bacteria strains with different morphology were isolated and most of them were found to be resistant to at least two kinds of heavy metals. Significant increase in fresh weight and leaf surface area of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings under metal stress were noticed after inoculated with strains especially those having multiple-resistance to heavy metals such as Phyllobacterium sp. strain C65. Investigation on relationship between auxin production and exogenous zinc concentration revealed that Phyllobacterium sp. strain C65 produced auxin, and production decreased as the concentration of zinc in medium increased. For wheat seedlings treated with zinc of 2 mM, zinc contents in roots of inoculated plants decreased by 27% (P < 0.05) compared to the uninoculated control. Meanwhile, zinc accumulation in the above-ground tissues increased by 22% (P < 0.05). The translocation of zinc from root to above-ground tissues induced by Phyllobacterium sp. strain C65 helped host plants extract zinc from contaminated environments more efficiently thus alleviated the growth inhibition caused by heavy metals.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 10/2015; 17(10):973-980. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.981242
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    ABSTRACT: The ability of Phragmites australis to take up heavy metals (Co, Ni, Mo, Cd, Pb, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn and Hg) and other trace elements (As, Se, Ba), from estuarine sediments was investigated using a pilot plant experimental approach. Bioaccumulation (BCF) and translocation factors (TF) were calculated in vegetative and senescence periods for two populations of P. australis, from contaminated (MIC) and non-contaminated (GAL) estuarine sediments, respectively, both growing in estuarine contaminated sediment (RIA) from ría del Carmen y Boo, Santander Bay, Spain. The highest BCF values were obtained for Ni (0.43), Ba (0.43) Mo (0.36), Cr (0.35) and Cd (0.31) for plants collected from site GAL following the senescence period. The highest BCF values recorded for plants collected from MIC following the senescence period were for Mo (0.22) and Cu (0.22). Following senescence, plants collected from GAL and MIC presented TF>1 for Ni, Mo, Se and Zn, and in addition plants collected from MIC presented TF>1 for Ba, Cr and Mn. A substantial increase of Micedo’s rhizosphere, six times higher than Galizano’s rhizosphere, suggested adaptation to contaminated sediment. The evaluated communities of P. australis demonstrated their suitability for phytoremediation of heavy metals contaminated estuarine sediments.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 09/2015; DOI:10.1080/15226514.2015.1086306
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    ABSTRACT: Constructed wetland is an innovative and emerging ecological technology for wastewater treatment. This study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of a Vegetated Submerged Bed Constructed Wetland (VSBCW) for removal of heavy metals from industrial wastewater in a steel manufacturing company. A pilot Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) consisting of equalization basin, two VSBCW basins and a storage tank was constructed. The VSBCW was constructed using 10-30 mm round granite for the different zones. This was overlaid by 200 mm deep granite and 150 mm washed sand with Phragmites karka, Vetiveria nigritana and Cana lilies as macrophytes. Irrigation of macrophytes using effluent from the industry was done after 3 months of planting and ETP monitored. Industrial wastewater samples were collected and analyzed for heavy metals such as zinc (Zn), lead (Pb), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), magnesium (Mg) and chromium (Cr) to know the treatment efficiency of the ETP. Results indicated that the removal efficiencies of the VSBCW for Pb, Mg and Cr were 15.4%, 79.7% and 97.9% respectively. Fe and Mn were seen to increase by 1.8% and 33% respectively. The ETP using locally available macrophytes is effective in the phytoremediation of heavy metals, particularly Cr from the wastewater.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 09/2015; 17(9):847-852. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.964849
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    ABSTRACT: Heavy metal bioaccumulation can be affected by various crop-weed interactions that potentially exist in agroecosystems. A pot experiment was conducted to evaluate the role of rhizosphere interaction of sunflower and purslane (Portulaca oleracea L.) weed on cadmium (Cd) uptake and its allocation to sunflower grains. The experimental treatments consisted of two cropping systems (mono and mixed culture), two adjusted salinity levels (0 and 0.5% NaCl) and three artificial levels of Cd in soil (Control, 3 and 6 mg kg(-1)). The results showed that the growth of sunflower in the presence of purslane in comparison to mono culture of sunflower led to change of total Cd content and Cd allocated to grains only in saline conditions. Promoting effects of salinity on Cd concentration of grain were alleviated where sunflower was co-planted with purslane. Besides, supply of Zn in grains of co-planted sunflower was strongly affected by salinity. Results of this study revealed that although co-planted purslane could alter conditions in the shared rhizosphere, it had no effect on enhancing Cd uptake by neighboring sunflower directly.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 09/2015; 17(9):853-860. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.981239
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    ABSTRACT: The non-selective apoplastic passage of Cu and Cu-citrate complexes into the root stele of monocotyledonous corn and dicotyledonous soybean was investigated using an inorganic-salt-precipitation technique. Either Cu ions or Cu-citrate complexes were drawn into root through the apoplast from the root growth medium, and K4[Fe(CN)6] was subsequently perfused through xylem vessels or the entire root cross section. Based on microscopic identification of the reddish-brown precipitates of copper ferrocyanide in the cell walls of the xylem of corn and soybean roots, Cu(2+) passed through the endodermal barrier into the xylem of both species. When the solution containing 200 μM CuSO4 and 400 μM sodium citrate (containing 199.98 μM Cu-citrate, 0.02 μM Cu(2+)) was drawn via differential pressure gradients into the root xylem while being perfused with K4[Fe(CN)6] through the entire root cross-section, reddish-brown precipitates were observed in the walls of the stele of soybean, but not corn root. However, when a CuSO4 solution containing 0.02 or 0.2 μM free Cu(2+) was used, no reddish-brown precipitates were detected in the stele of either of the two plants. Results indicated that endodermis was permeable to Cu-citrate complexes in primary roots of soybean, but not corn. The permeability of the endodermal barrier to the Cu-citrate complex may vary between dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous plants, which has considerable implications for chelant-enhanced phytoextraction.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 09/2015; 17(9):822-834. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.981241
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    ABSTRACT: Phytoremediation is an emerging technology that uses green plants (living machines) for removal of contaminants of concern (COC). These plant species have the potential to remove the COC, thereby restoring the original condition of soil or water environment. The present study focuses on assessing the heavy metals (COC) present in the contaminated water bodies of Ranchi city, Jharkhand, India. Phytoremedial potential of three plant species: Typha latifolia, Eichornia crassipes and Monochoria hastata were assessed in the present study. Heterogenous accumulation of metals was found in the three plant species. It was observed that the ratio of heavy metal concentration was different in different parts, i.e., shoots and roots. Positive results were also obtained for translocation factor of all species with minimum of 0.10 and maximum of 1. It was found experimentally that M. hastata has the maximum BFC for root as 4.32 and shoot as 2.70 (for Manganese). For T. latifolia, BCF of maximum was observed for root (163.5) and respective shoot 86.46 (for Iron), followed by 7.3 and 5.8 for root and shoot (for Manganese) respectively. E. crassipes was found to possess a maximum BCF of 278.6 (for Manganese and 151 (for Iron) and shoot as 142 (for Manganese) and 36.13 (for Iron).
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 09/2015; 17(9):835-40. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.964847
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    ABSTRACT: An arsenic hyperaccumulator, Pteris vittata L., is common in nature and could occur either on As-contaminated soils or on uncontaminated soils. However, it is not clear whether phosphate transporter play similar roles in As uptake and translocation in nonmetallicolous and metallicolous populations of P. vittata. Five populations were used to investigate effects of phosphate on arsenate uptake and translocation in the plants growing in 1.2 L 20% modified Hoagland's nutrient solution containing either 100 μM phosphate or no phosphate and 10 μM arsenate for 1, 2, 6, 12, 24 h, respectively. The results showed that the nonmetallicolous populations accumulated apparently more As in their fronds and roots than the metallicolous populations at both P supply levels. Phosphate significantly (P < 0.01) decreased frond and root concentrations of As during short time solution culture. In addition, the effects of phosphate on As translocation in P. vittata varied among different time-points during time-course hydroponics (1-24 h). The present results indicated that the inhibitory effect of phosphate on arsenate uptake was larger in the three nonmetallicolous populations than those in the two metallicolous populations of P. vittata.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 09/2015; 17(9):841-6. DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.964848
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    ABSTRACT: One of the most dangerous inhaled pollutants is particulate matter (PM). PM in inhaled air have a negative impact on human wellbeing and health, and may even cause deaths. Where pollutants have been emitted into the outdoor atmosphere, the only possible method for cleaning the air is through phytoremediation, a form of environmental biotechnology, where plants act as biological filters for pollutants. This study compared PM levels on the leaves of Tilia cordata Mill. trees growing in locations at increasing distances from the source of the PM emission. Significant differences between individual trees growing at a distance of between 3 m and 500 m from the road edge were found in: (i) the mass of PM that accumulated on leaves (total, surface, in-wax and the three determined size fractions) and (ii) the amount of waxes deposited on leaves.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 08/2015; 17(12). DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.989312
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    ABSTRACT: Two Cd and Zn hyperaccumulating plant species Noccaea caerulescens and Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicacceae) were cultivated in seven subsequent vegatation seasons in both pot and field conditions in soil highly contaminated with Cd, Pb, and Zn. The results confirmed the hyperaccumulation ability of both plant species, although A. halleri showed lower Cd uptake compared to N. caerulescens. Conversely, Pb phytoextraction was negligible for both species in this case. Because of the high variability in plant yield and element contents in the aboveground biomass of plants, great variation in Cd and Zn accumulation was observed during the experiment. The extraction ability in field conditions varied in the case of Cd from 0.2 to 2.9 kg ha(-1) (N. caerulescens) and up to 0.15 kg ha(-1) (A. halleri), and in the case of Zn from 0.2 to 6.4 kg ha(-1) (N. caerulescens) and up to 13.8 kg.ha(-1) (A. halleri). Taking into account the 20 cm root zone of the soil, the plants were able to extract up to 4.1% Cd and 0.2% Zn in one season. However, cropping measures should be optimized to improve and stabilize the long-term phytoextraction potential of these plants.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/15226514.2014.981243
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    ABSTRACT: Products of the reaction between dialdehyde starch and Y-NH2 compounds (e.g. semicarbazide or hydrazine) are effective ligands for metal ions. The usefulness of these derivatives was tested in the experiment, both in terms of the immobilization of heavy metal ions in soil and the potential application in phytoextraction processes. The experimental model comprised maize and the ions of such metals as: Zn(II), Pb(II), Cu(II), Cd(II) and Ni(II). The amount of maize yield, as well as heavy metal content and uptake by the aboveground parts and roots of maize, were studied during a three-year pot experiment. The results of the study indicate the significant impact of heavy metals on reduced yield and increased heavy metal content in maize. Soil-applied dialdehyde starch derivatives resulted in lower yields, particularly disemicarbazone (DASS), but in heavy metal-contaminated soils they largely limited the negative impact of these metals both on yielding and heavy metal content in plants, particularly dihydrazone (DASH). It was demonstrated that the application of dihydrazone (DASH) to a soil polluted with heavy metals boosted the uptake of Zn, Pb, Cu and Cd from the soil, hence there is a possibility to use this compound in the phytoextraction of these metals from the soil. Decreased Ni uptake was also determined, hence the possibility of using this compound in the immobilization of this metal. The study showed that dialdehyde starch disemicarbazone was ineffective in the discussed processes.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/15226514.2015.1078771
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    ABSTRACT: The potentials of Adansonia digitata root powders (ADRP) for adsorption of Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Cu(2+) from aqueous solutions was investigated. Physico-chemical analysis of the adsorbent (ADRP) shows that hydroxyl, carbonyl and amino groups were predominant on the surface of the adsorbent. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image revealed its high porosity and irregular pores in the adsorbent while the Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrum showed the major element with 53.0 % Nitrogen, 23.8 % carbon, 9.1 % calcium, 7.5 % potassium and 6.6 % magnesium present. The found optimal conditions were: initial concentration of the metal ions = 0.5 mg/L, pH = 5, contact time = 90 min, adsorbent dose = 0.4 g and particle size = 32 μm. Freundlich isotherm showed good fit for the adsorption of Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Cu(2+). Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm revealed that the adsorption processes were physisorption Cd(II) and Cu(II) but chemisorption with respect to Pb(II) ions. The kinetics and thermodynamic studies showed that Pseudo-second order and chemisorptions provided the best fit to the experimental data of Pb (II) ions only. Batch desorption result show that desorption in the acidic media for the metal ions were more rapid and over 90 % of the metal ions were recovered from the biomass.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/15226514.2015.1058329
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    ABSTRACT: Impatiens walleriana plants accumulate sufficiently high concentrations of cadmium (Cd) for this species to be considered a potential Cd hyperaccumulator. Rooted cuttings were grown hydroponically for 25 and 50 days in solutions spiked with various Cd concentrations. The subcellular distribution and chemical forms of Cd in different organs were analyzed, and its upward translocation was also assessed. The plants accumulated large amounts of Cd; the Cd concentration in the roots and shoots reached 120-1900 and 60-1600 mg/kg, respectively. Regardless of the growth period, the Cd accumulated in the roots was primarily compartmentalized in the soluble fraction or ethanol and deionized water extractable chemical forms with high migration abilities. Translocation to the shoots was followed by an association of Cd mainly in the cell wall or with pectate and protein. The roots' Cd showed a high migration capacity for predicting the shoots' Cd concentrations. Different exposure periods significantly affected the subcellular distribution of Cd in the stems, and thus the upward translocation.
    International Journal of Phytoremediation 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/15226514.2015.1073677