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Phytodegradation of PAH/dioxin

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If soil is contaminated with dioxin, what kind of phytoremediation may be successful in removing it and why?

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There are no "good" methods to date, although research continues. Some tropicals (including hemp and rappa) show promise in enhancing natural degradation, as well as microbes and gene-engineeered microbes. However, PAHs in general are not subject to whole-molecule phyto-extraction. It seems that the biggest hurdle is that very few species have the ability to cleave the C-Cl bond of chlorinated hydrocarbons. This is reasonable as Chlorine is toxic to nearly all life forms.

I would add that while not really "phyto" - there are ...

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Brief answer to the query "how to phytodegrade dioxin" - mentions other alternatives, and has several outlinks to references.