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Title: Phytoremediation: plant-endophyte partnerships take the challenge Phytoremediation: plant-endophyte partnerships take the challenge
Authors: WEYENS, Nele 
Van der Lelie, D.
Taghavi, S.
VANGRONSVELD, Jaco 
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: CURRENT BIOLOGY LTD
Source: CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, 20(2). p. 248-254
Abstract: A promising field to exploit plant-endophyte partnerships is the remediation of contaminated soils and (ground) water. Many plant growth promoting endophytes can assist their host plant to overcome contaminant-induced stress responses, thus providing improved plant growth. During phytoremediation of organic contaminants, plants can further benefit from endophytes possessing appropriate degradation pathways and metabolic capabilities, leading to more efficient contaminant degradation and reduction of both phytotoxicity and evapotranspiration of volatile contaminants. For phytoremediation of toxic metals, endophytes possessing a metal-resistance/sequestration system can lower metal phytotoxicity and affect metal translocation to the above-ground plant parts. Furthermore, endophytes that can degrade organic contaminants and deal with or, even better, improve extraction of the metals offer promising ways to improve phytoremediation of mixed pollution.
Notes: [Weyens, Nele; Vangronsveld, Jaco] Hasselt Univ, Dept Environm Biol, CMK, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [van der Lelie, Daniel; Taghavi, Safiyh] Brookhaven Natl Lab, Dept Biol, Upton, NY 11973 USA.
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/9757
ISSN: 0958-1669
e-ISSN: 1879-0429
DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2009.02.012
ISI #: 000267521400020
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2010
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