Potential Use of Green Plants for Removing Heavy Metals from the Environment


  • Asfa Ashraf The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China; Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan; Association of Applied BioMedical Sciences (AABMS), Narowal (51770), Pakistan. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6282-7941
  • Iqra Iqbal Department of Zoology, Government College Women University Sialkot, Pakistan.
  • IQBAL The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China; Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6082-0196
  • Fakhar-un-Nisa Yunus Department of Zoology, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore 54000, Pakistan.


Environment, Human Health, Heavy Metals, Green Technology, Phytoremediation.


The contamination of the environment by heavy metals poses a serious threat to human health and the ecosystem. Removal of heavy metals from wastewater and soil is of prime importance for a clean environment and human health. Green technology uses different types of plants to extract contaminants from the environment. This potential approach to cleaning the environment, termed phytoremediation, is emerging as a low-cost and eco-friendly treatment technology. The introduction of novel traits for the uptake and accumulation of pollutants into high biomass plants is proving a successful strategy for the development of improved phytoremediators. In this review, we describe the recently available information on using plants for treating environmental contamination. Some recent innovative technologies for improving phytoremediation are highlighted.




How to Cite

Ashraf, A., Iqbal, I., Iqbal, M. N., & Yunus, F.- un-N. (2021). Potential Use of Green Plants for Removing Heavy Metals from the Environment. International Journal of Alternative Fuels and Energy, 5(2), 34–40. Retrieved from https://psmjournals.org/index.php/ijafe/article/view/584



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