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New Phytoremediation Textbook

Cover of Introduction to Phytoremediation of Contaminated Groundwater textbook

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Dr. James E. Landmeyer has written a textbook on an innovative alternative to traditional remediation technologies known as phytoremediation. The textbook— Introduction to Phytoremediation of Contaminated Groundwater — has remained in the top 25 percent of the most downloaded online books on the publisher's (Springer) website since it became available online (late 2011). It is the first textbook to specifically address cleaning up contaminated groundwater using phytoremediation. Phytoremediation is "the application of plant-controlled interactions with groundwater and organic and inorganic molecules at contaminated sites to achieve site-specific remedial goals."

The publication of the textbook has been the impetus for a variety of technology transfer activities such as:

Development of the textbook was funded by the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program

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USGS scientist Dr. James Landmeyer standing next to trees used for phytoremediation
Dr. Landmeyer next to a 1-year-old hybrid poplar tree installed above a gasoline-contaminated shallow aquifer near Elizabeth City, N.C. Recently planted poplars are visible in the background. Photo credit: Brad Atkinson, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
Division of Waste Management.


Landmeyer, J.E., 2011, Introduction to phytoremediation of contaminated groundwater--Historical foundation, hydrologic control, and contaminant remediation: New York, Springer, 460 p.,ISBN:978-94-007-1956-9.

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