Accession Number:

ADA350530

Title:

Remediation Using Plants and Plant Enzymes: A Progress Report

Descriptive Note:

Progress rept.

Corporate Author:

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

Sediments have been shown to contain active enzymes that can degrade nitroaromatic compounds such as TNT or chlorinated solvents such as TCE. Five classes of proteins have been isolated and partially characterized. Three of the classes of proteins have been used for the production of monoclonal antibodies to determine the possible sources of these proteins. In every case, the sources are plants growing near the sediment. The use of plants for remediation of hazardous materials such as TNT or other munitions like RDX and HMX has led to a new approach to remediation-- phytoremediation. Investigators have developed a field test to indicate which locally grown plants can be used at each contaminated site.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE