What is it about?

Many plant species have already been reported to be tolerant to the contamination by petroleum products. This paper investigates the effects of diesel fuel contamination on common cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium L.). We were interested in the effects on germination and growth. We have shown that this plant species can tolerate contamination by diesel.

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Why is it important?

It is important to search for plant species that can tolerate soil contamination. Our findings show that Xanthium strumarium has a good ability to germinate and grow in soils contaminated with diesel. Therefore, this plant species can be proposed as a potential candidate for sites contaminated with diesel.


Writing this article was a great experience, and I hope that this study will one day contribute to the development of phytoremediation.

Djaffer Dib
Universite Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi Ouzou

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This page is a summary of: Influence of diesel fuel contamination on Xanthium strumarium L. germination and growth, International Journal of Phytoremediation, September 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2019.1658705.
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