phytoremediation

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

Definition of phytoremediation

: 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

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First Known Use of phytoremediation

1991


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