Combining Bio-energy Production and Phytoextraction: Examination of the Fate of Heavy Metals of Various Conversion Routes

E. Cornelis, R. Guisson, K. Elst, S. Van Slycken, A. Peene & W. Dejonghe
About 700 km² in the Campine area, located in the north-east of Belgium and east of The Netherlands, are contaminated by historic deposition of heavy metals, in particular Cd, Pb and Zn, caused by the pyrometallurgic processes from the non-ferro industry. Phytoremediation is a technique that involves the use of plants and their associated microorganisms for the stabilisation, degradation and/or removal of pollutants from the environment. Within this domain, phytoextraction, i.e. involving plants for removal...