Our current research examines:
- the physiological and biochemical mechanisms in soil and plant for heavy metal uptake and hyperaccumulation
- tolerance and accumulation potential of a variety of plants to soil contaminated with heavy-metals
- fertilization as an agronomic method to enhance hyperaccumulation.
Contributors: Dr Alison Monsant, Dr Wuxing Liu, Eric Zhang, Associate Professor Peter Sale, Professor Caixian Tang.
Collaborators: Dr Peter Kappen (LTU Physics), Professor Spas Kolev and Dr Augustine Doronila (Melbourne University), Professors Yongming Luo, Longhua Wu and Shuhe Wei (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Dr Yaodong Wang (iThemba LABS).
- Phytoextraction approaches for mitigating heavy metal release from unlined and loosely capped rural landfills (Funded by Australian Research Council)
- Use of microPIXE for cellular localisation and elemental mapping of zinc and cadmium in the leaves of Zn/Cd-hyperaccumulating plants (Funded by AINSE)
- Zinc speciation and localization using XANES and XRF (Funded by the Australian Synchrotron)