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Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU)


Environmental Biotechnology Department, Phytoremediation Team; Kossutha 6, 40-844 Katowice, Poland; Phone number: +48 32 254 60 31, Fax number: +48 32 254 17 17;e-mail:, Website:


Phytoextraction is the uptake of contaminants by plant roots and movement of the contaminants from the roots to aboveground parts of the plant. Contaminants are generally removed from the site by harvesting the plants. Induced phytoextraction is conducted by cultivating selected fast-growing plants in the contaminated soil. Throughout the growth period, amendments are added to the soil to increase availability of metals to the plants. When the plants are mature, inducing agents (chemicals) are used to trigger accumulation of metals from the soil. The plants are then harvested and disposed appropriately. It is possible that two harvests will be conducted annually.


Phytoextraction can be implemented on the areas moderately contaminated with heavy metals. Soil phytoextraction technology is known as economically feasible and environmentally friendly.

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dr Włodzimierz A. Sokół
National Contact Point for Eco-efficient Technologies and Management Systems
Central Mining Institute (GIG)

Plac Gwarkow 1
40-166 Katowice

Tel: +48 32 259 22 11
Fax: +48 259 22 11