2011 Enhanced Reclamation Using Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria in the Green Zone

Bonnie Drozdowski, Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (Alberta Research Council)

The objective of this study is to enhance the rate and effectiveness of hydrocarbon-contaminated site reclamation using native plant species and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) by optimizing the rhizosphere/mycorrhizosphere systems to help plants establish and survive in nutrient deficient and degraded habitats.  This study will involve isolation and identification of PGPR, evaluation of different native plants, seeding rates and application of PGPR in the greenhouse and field environments.  The knowledge obtained through this research can be used as scientific evidence to support the development of alternate guidelines and criteria for reclamation of contaminated sites in Alberta and provide a potential alternative to conventional reclamation/remediation practices for oil and gas sites in the Green Zone.