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Phytoremediation of Chlorpyrifos by Populus and Salix

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Chlorpyrifos is one of the commonly used organophosphorus insecticides that are implicated in serious environmental and human health problems. To evaluate plant potential for uptake of chlorpyrifos, several plant species of poplar (Populus sp.) and willow (Salix sp.) were investigated. Chlorpyrifos was taken up from nutrient solution by all seven plant species. Significant amounts of chlorpyrifos accumulated in plant tissues, and roots accumulated higher concentrations of chlorpyrifos than did shoots. Chlorpyrifos did not persist in the plant tissues, suggesting further metabolism of chlorpyrifos in plant tissue. To our knowledge, this work represents the first report for phytoremediation of chlorpyrifos using poplar and willow plants.
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Keywords: Populus; Salix; chlorpyrifos (CPS); organophosphorus (OP) insecticide; phytoremediation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment,University of Washington, SeattleWashington, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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