This is a project within the "Cell-to-Tree" framework, which is a "multidisciplinary model ecosystem experiment" carried out at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL between 2000 and 2004 to assess the potential of phytoremediation of trace metal contaminated soils with trees. This framework aims to investigate the fluxes in model ecosystem chambers and to trace and better understand the reactions of the plants and associated organisms to the chronic influence of important soil pollutants (Zn, Cu, Cd) and rain acidity. This framework is intended to improve the accuracy of the estimation of benefit and risk when polluted soils, dumps and deponies are regreened/reforested and stabilised by so-called "phytoremediation".
The project has been finished.
Brunner I, Luster J, Günthardt-Goerg MS, Frey B. 2008.
Heavy metal accumulation and phytostabilisation potential of tree fine
roots in a contaminated soil. Environmental Pollution 152, 559-568.