Assessment of environmental impacts of metal/metalloid pollution on plants

Devendra Singh, Himanshu Pandey, Vinay Kumar Dhiman, Kanika Thakur, Isha Sharma, Vivek Kumar Dhiman, Virendra Singh, Devendra Pandey

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The surroundings and agro ecological system has now been badly affected by heavy metal contamination and has become a threat to human and animal health. These heavy metals are nonbiodegradable and are hazardous to plant above the critical limit. Human activities like agricultural waste disposal and dumping of industrial waste, plasma incineration, and improper effluent treatment are responsible for toxicity in plants that affect the food chain. Phytoremediation techniques are utilized to remove toxic metal by using various metal-accumulator plants like Brassica sp like Brassica juncea. Phytoremediation is advanced and cheap technology through which these heavy metals can be removed from the soil. In Addition, to these techniques, organic substances, natural occurring chelators, soil reclamation process using natural compounds, suitable cropping pattern, intercropping system, and organic fertilizer application can increase the phytoremediation activity. Growing Brassica juncea with these agriculture practices can increase the capacity to uptake and remove toxic metal under polluted soils.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetals and Metalloids in Soil-Plant-Water Systems
Subtitle of host publicationPhytophysiology and Remediation Techniques
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780323916752
ISBN (Print)9780323916912
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Heavy metals
  • contamination
  • pollution
  • toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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