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Title: Genetic engineering in the improvement of plants for phytoremediation of metal polluted soils
Authors: Karenlampi, S
Schat, H
VANGRONSVELD, Jaco 
Verkleij, JAC
VAN DER LELIE, Daniel 
Mergeay, M.
Tervahauta, AI
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Source: ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, 107(2). p. 225-231
Abstract: Metal concentrations in soils are locally quite high, and are still increasing due to many human activities, leading to elevated risk for health and the environment. Phytoremediation may offer a viable solution to this problem, and the approach is gaining increasing interest. Improvement of plants by genetic engineering, i.e. by modifying characteristics like metal uptake, transport and accumulation as well as metal tolerance, opens up new possibilities for phytoremediation. So far, only a few cases have been reported where one or more of these characteristics have been successfully altered; e.g. mercuric ion reduction causing improved resistance and phytoextraction, and metallothionein causing enhanced cadmium tolerance. These, together with other approaches and potentially promising genes for transformation of target plants are discussed. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: Univ Kuopio, Dept Biochem & Biotechnol, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland. Free Univ Amsterdam, Fac Biol, Dept Ecol & Ecotoxicol, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands. Limburgs Univ Ctr, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Vlaamse Instelling Technol Onderzoek, B-2400 Mol, Belgium.Karenlampi, S, Univ Kuopio, Dept Biochem & Biotechnol, POB 1627, FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland.
Keywords: phytoremediation; metal; gene; plant; microorganism
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/2910
DOI: 10.1016/S0269-7491(99)00141-4
ISI #: 000085488900007
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2001
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