Invasive Species Compendium

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An introduction of Parthenium hysterophorus to be boon for agricultural land: under heavy metal contamination.


Recently, the contamination of agricultural land possesses major threats to human health and the environment. The catastrophic events comprising geologic activities and anthropogenic activities leave every year a huge amount of nutrient/metal ions in agricultural land/water bodies, they remain in soil for many years and are the potential cause of phytotoxicity or poisoning of the food chain. Generally metal ions are essential in trace amount for the normal development of animals and plants but become toxic when accumulated at higher concentrations. Among the number of practices, phytoremediation was initially proposed as an environmental cleanup technology for the remediation of metal contaminated land.