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Phytoremediation

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Plant roots stabilize soil and prevent movement of pollutants via runoff and windblown dust. The technique uses plants and natural resources and is therefore generally less expensive. The remediation is done in place, saving transportation and off-site processing costs. Compared to other systems, it is generally aesthetically pleasing and preferred by the public (Sharma and Reddy, 2004).  Mudhoo (2011) makes the claim that the shallow, but widespread nature of this technique makes it ideal for restoring agricultural soils damaged by dispersed industrial pollution.

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