The Study of Phytoremediation of PCP Contaminated Soil

by Cheng, Hsiu-chen

Abstract (Summary)
In this study, the phytoremediation techniques are used to treat the soil contaminated by pentachlorophenol(PCP).First, four plants species were selected,including Allium tuberosum, Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek, Pennisetum alopecuroides, and Medicago sativa to compare their treatment efficiencies for PCP in soil.The experimental results showed that the species of Allium tuberosum presented the highest degradation rate 76% after 35-day test run with the initial concentration of 20mg/kg in soil. In the second stage,the species of Allium tuberosum was thus selected to run the tests of feasibility of using phytoremediayion to treat the soils contaminated byPCP.During the e xperiment,the pot tests inside a greenhouse were run for 330 days.The result indicated that the species of Allium tuberosum contributed to the increase of microorganism and dehydrogenase activity in the soil. Bisides,we also found that adding with nutrients could help Allium tuberosum to depress the PCP stress.The test with vegetation of Allium tuberosum and addition of nutrients showed that the PCP degradation rate was measured equal to 98.4% with the concentration of PCP degraded from 42mgkg-1 to 0.68mgkg-1 after 330days. Finally, molecule biotechnology of PCR-DGGE was applied to the test of observing the microbiota in the soils.According to the test results,we found that the diversity of microorganisms could be raised through planting the species of Allium tuberosum. The microbiota in the soils with PCP pollutant have more varieties than the microbiota in soils without vegetation, which was infered that the addition of PCP might stimulate the vitality of microbes in the soils. Moreover, comparing the microbiota on rhizosphere of the plant species and in the bulk soils, it was found that the actitivies of root exudates might be able to increase the varieties of rhizospheric microorganisms.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:none; Colin S.Chen; Lei Yang; Chih-ming Kao

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:phytoremediation pcp pcr dgge rhizospheric microorganisms pentachlorophenol


Date of Publication:01/25/2006

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