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Department of Agronomy

Phytoremediation Database

Through a cooperative effort with the NRCS Plant Materials Center, faculty in the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy developed a phytoremediation database. The database contains more than 120 contaminants and 1,130 plant species. There are more than 1,000 publications on the use of vegetation for phytoremediation and more than 25 case studies describing full-scale phytoremediation in practice.

The database was developed to facilitate the identification of plants that have potential for successful phytoremedation for specific contaminants. The database allows searching by contaminant or plant species, includes references to published research studies, and classifies the phytoremediation success based on eight phytoremediation mechanisms. More information about the database and about advantages and disadvantages of phytoremediation can be found in the KSU Extension publication "Phytoremediation: Protecting the Environment with Plants."

The phytoremediation database is written in Microsoft Access 2002 format and is available for download at the link below.

Database Downloads Version 1.0 August 2012


Nathan O. Nelson
Ganga Hettiarachchi
Sandra Agudelo-Arbelaez
Yarad Asseffa
Joel L. Douglas
Jerrell Lemunyon
Peter Kulakow

Contact Information

Nathan O. Nelson, Ph.D.
Department of Agronomy 2708 Throckmorton Ctr. Manhattan, KS 66506 (785) 532-5115 nonelson@ksu.edu

Ganga Hettiarachchi, Ph.D.
Department of Agronomy 2107 Throckmorton Ctr. Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 532-7209 ganga@ksu.edu