Phytoremediation of Radioactive Contaminated Sites Book Chapter

Gul, I, Ahmad, I, Shah, GM. (2022). Phytoremediation of Radioactive Contaminated Sites . 171-182. 10.1007/978-3-030-89984-4_11

cited authors

  • Gul, I; Ahmad, I; Shah, GM



  • Radioactive substances are widely used in different sectors including industries, agriculture, energy sector, food industries, and medical sector for the improvement of mankind’s lifestyle. The major sources of radioactive substances are nuclear weapon production and testing, industrial processes like smelting of metals, mining, and research laboratories. Due to the excessive use of these substances in industries and other sectors, they contaminate the soil as well as water resources. The management of these contaminants is challenging as radioactive substance required certain time for decaying. Therefore, it is necessary to use some environment friendly methods for the removal of these contaminants from soil for the betterment of human. Among various techniques, phytoremediation is proven to be eco-friendly and realistic technique for the decontamination of radioactive contaminated sites. In this chapter, major radioactive substances, their sources, and exposure pathway in environment and major impacts on ecosystem is discussed. Further, the different remediation techniques are also highlighted, but the focus is on phytoremediation.

publication date

  • January 1, 2022

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

start page

  • 171

end page

  • 182