Reclamation of a Midwest brownfield site using agronomic and turf species

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dc.contributor.advisor Pichtel, John, 1957- Johnson, Amanda M. 2014-01-08T14:26:56Z 2014-01-08T14:26:56Z 2013-12-14 2013-12-14
dc.description.abstract Plant species were assessed for recolonization of a brownfield in Muncie, IN. In a greenhouse study, soil was seeded to perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), red clover (Trifolium pratense) and sunflower (Helianthus annuus). Selected pots were amended with leaf compost and mycorrhizal fungi. Soil and plant tissue were analyzed after 30 and 90 days. Ryegrass and compost were studied at the brownfield site. In the greenhouse, red clover was capable of concentrating the greatest quantity of Cd, Cu, Cr, Ni, and Pb in above-ground biomass (all soil treatments combined). Compost + mycorrhizal fungi treatment resulted in highest Cd, Cu, and Zn plant concentrations (all plant treatments combined). Compost resulted in the highest tissue Cr and Ni concentrations. The reported study demonstrates that this brownfield is capable of being revegetated by turf and legume species. Each infertile and/or toxic site must be assessed for revegetation species on a case-by-case basis.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
dc.subject.lcsh Brownfields -- Indiana -- Muncie
dc.subject.lcsh Phytoremediation -- Indiana -- Muncie
dc.subject.lcsh Lolium perenne
dc.subject.lcsh Red clover
dc.subject.lcsh Common sunflower
dc.title Reclamation of a Midwest brownfield site using agronomic and turf species en_US Thesis (M.S.)

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