Dr. Jim Germida, University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Sandra Blenkinsopp, Environment Canada
- Identify plant species with the ability to significantly reduce hydrocarbon levels in oil contaminated soils.
- Optimize plant growth/phytoremediation variables.
- Identify the efficiency of phytoremediation under western Canadian conditions.
- Identify field assessment protocols for monitoring phytoremediation.
- Elucidate mechanisms of phytoremediation.
Phase I – Broad literature review and creation of database of plants with known/suspected ability to phytoremediate hydrocarbons – Completed.
Phase II – Botanical survey of plants growing on hydrocarbon contaminated sites in Alberta and Saskatchewan – Completed.
Phase III – Preliminary screening of plants for phytoremediation (as opposed to tolerance) of hydrocarbons – Completed.
Phase IV – Finish: October 2002
- Growth chamber studies to optimize plant growth/phytoremediation variables, develop field assessment protocols, and elucidate degradation mechanisms.
- Set up field (demonstration) trials of selected phytoremediation technologies.
- Manage and update internet version of the PhytoPet®database and phytoremediation web site.