Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Depollution of mining effluents: innovative mobilization of plant resources.

Abstract

Based on the ability of some specific aquatic plants to concentrate metals in their roots, we propose an innovative biosorption system to clean up mining effluents. The system we propose represents an interesting solution to an important environmental problem, the decontamination of metal-polluted water and prevention of dispersal of metals into the environment. The solution presented is a form of ecological recycling of Zn, an essential primary metal in many industrial applications. Finally, the methodology developed is a sustainable way of managing the biomass from eradication or control of invasive plants.