African Journal of Biotechnology
Subscribe to AJB
Full Name*
Email Address*

Article Number - F8EEF568043


Vol.8(4), pp. 529-535 , February 2009
DOI: 10.5897/AJB2009.000-9090
ISSN: 1684-5315
 Total Views: 255
 Downloaded: 128


Review

Genetic engineering strategies for enhancing phytoremediation of heavy metals


M.H. Fulekar*, Anamika Singh and Anwesha M. Bhaduri




Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai, Kalina, Santacruz (E), Mumbai – 400 098, India.


Email: mhfulekar@yahoo.com






 Accepted: 19 December 2008  Published: 28 February 2009

Copyright © 2009 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


 

The industrial revolution has increased the use of metals for various processes and operations. The waste containing heavy metals are transported to the environment; air, water and soil through the various sources which has increased the burden in the environment. Phytoremediation has been found a promising, cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing, in situ treatment technology for the remediation of heavy metal contaminants from the soil-water environment. A genetic engineering based phytoremediation strategy is being aimed to improve the performance of plants in effective removal of metals from environment. This review gives an overview of current status of genetic engineering applications being implemented to improve the process of phytoremediation design for restoration of human health and healthiness of the earth.

 

Key words: Phytoremediation, genetic engineering, heavy metals, transgenic plants, phytochelatins, metallothioneins.


APA Fulekar, M. H., Singh, A., & Bhaduri, A. M. (2009). Genetic engineering strategies for enhancing phytoremediation of heavy metals. African Journal of Biotechnology , 8(4), 529-535.
Chicago M.H. Fulekar, Anamika Singh and Anwesha M. Bhaduri. "Genetic engineering strategies for enhancing phytoremediation of heavy metals." African Journal of Biotechnology 8, no. 4 (2009): 529-535.
MLA M.H. Fulekar, Anamika Singh and Anwesha M. Bhaduri. "Genetic engineering strategies for enhancing phytoremediation of heavy metals." African Journal of Biotechnology 8.4 (2009): 529-535.
   
DOI 10.5897/AJB2009.000-9090
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/AJB/article-abstract/F8EEF568043

Subscription Form