Potential Use of Green Plants for Removing Heavy Metals from the Environment

Author's: Asfa Ashraf1,2*, Iqra Iqbal3, Muhammad Naeem Iqbal2,4, Fakhar-un-Nisa Yunus5
Authors' Affiliations
1The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China.2Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan.3Department of Zoology, Government College Women University Sialkot, Pakistan.4The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China.5Department of Zoology, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore 54000, Pakistan.*CorrespondenceAsfa AshrafEmail:sundausnaeem@yahoo.com
Article Type: Review Article     Published: Oct. 31, 2021 Pages: 34-40
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The contamination of the environment by heavy metals poses a serious threat to human health and the ecosystem. Removal of heavy metals from wastewater and soil is of prime importance for a clean environment and human health. Green technology uses different types of plants to extract contaminants from the environment. This potential approach to cleaning the environment, termed phytoremediation, is emerging as a low-cost and eco-friendly treatment technology. The introduction of novel traits for the uptake and accumulation of pollutants into high biomass plants is proving a successful strategy for the development of improved phytoremediators. In this review, we describe the recently available information on using plants for treating environmental contamination. Some recent innovative technologies for improving phytoremediation are highlighted.



Human Health,

Heavy Metals,

Green Technology,


How to cite

Ashraf, A., Iqbal, I., Iqbal, M.N., Yunus, F.N., 2021. Potential Use of Green Plants for Removing Heavy Metals from the Environment. Int. J. Altern. Fuels. Energy., 5(2): 34-40.