This brief presentation will provide an overview of the science of using poplar plantations to manage wastewater. It will cover wastewater constituents and contaminants of concern, the short and long term fate of the contaminants of concern in the root zone, soil matrix, and plant structure. Each contaminant is unique in how it behaves in the environment and how it may be taken up by poplar, adsorb to soils, biodegrade (chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria, fungi, or other biological means), volatilize, leach, photodegrade, or degrade over time.
This project is supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30407 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).