1999 Assessment of Phytoremediation In Situ Technique for Cleaning Oil Contaminated Sites Phase 1

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.

1999 UoS_Phytoremediation Presentation
UoS_ Database of Plants that Play a Role in the Phytoremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons
1999 UoS_Phytoremediation as an InSitu Technique for Cleaning Oil Contaminated Sites_Report