Biomass-Based Monitoring of Heavy Metals

New developments in biotechnology provide for heavy metal removal and monitoring. Hyperaccumulating plants such as Thlaspi caerulescens express genes amplifying heavy metal absorption and detoxification. These small plants are not practical for large-scale remediation. Current technology allows gene transfer and expression into high-biomass plants such as Populus. This would be beneficial since Populus has silvicultural systems for establishment, culture, protection, and harvest.

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Author(s): Joshua P. Adams, Erdem Topsakal, Cetin Yuceer

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 2007

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