Plant nutrient phytoremediation using duckweed

Louis Landesman, Clifford Fedler, Runbin Duan

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Over the last 40 years a great deal of research has been published on the use of duckweed to treat wastewater both from point sources (feedlots, food processing plants) and from non-point sources. These plants can recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from contaminated waters in those agricultural practices. They can also remove or accumulate metals, radionuclides, and other pollutants in their tissues. In addition, the duckweed can be used as a feed source for livestock and poultry as well as an energy source for biofuel production. A summary of some of the published work done using duckweed species to phytoremediate natural, domestic, industrial, and agricultural wastewaters is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEutrophication
Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Consequences and Control
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789048196241
StatePublished - 2011


  • Duckweed
  • Lemna
  • Lemnaceae
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant nutrients
  • Wolffia


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