phytoremediation

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noun phy·to·re·me·di·a·tion \ˌfī-tə-ri-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of phytoremediation

  1. :  the treatment of pollutants or waste (as in contaminated soil or groundwater) by the use of green plants that remove, degrade, or stabilize the undesirable substances (such as toxic metals) From soil loaded with metal to radionuclide-laden water, researchers hope phytoremediation with an array of species will prove a cheap way to clean man-made messes at mining, nuclear, and industrial sites. — Kathryn Sergeant Brown

1991

First Known Use of phytoremediation

1991


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