Masters Thesis

Phytoremediation of lead-contaminated soil using Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)

The development of industry, mining activity, irrigation of waste water, and the application of sewage sludge to agricultural lands have increased the release of metals into our ecosystems causing serious environmental problems and posing threats to human health. Phytoremediation has become one possible remediation strategy to address lead toxicity. The heavy-metal tolerance of Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail) has made it a potential candidate for chemically enhanced lead phytoremediation.