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Recently, plant remediation techniques - phytoremediation - have been developed. Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica), is an invasive species with negative impacts on the environment and the economy. In order to assess the tolerance of highly invasive weeds to heavy metals, an experiment was conducted in which this plant was grown in control soil and in soils contaminated with different concentrations of Pb, Cd. The content of heavy metals in the soil did not eliminate the ability of Reynoutria japonica roots to regenerate. In soil contaminated with any concentration of Pb, the shoots of this plant grew at a similar rate as the control plants, and had the same morphological characteristics. Higher concentrations of cadmium and lead Cd (100, 200 mgkg-1), Pb (2000 mgkg-1) have extended rhizome regeneration compared to control plants. In soils contaminated with lower concentrations of Cd or Pb shoots grew at a similar rate as control plants. Chemical analysis of heavy metal content showed that this weed accumulated large amounts of metals when grown in soil contaminated with heavy metals A relatively high intake of Cd, aboveground plants. At a cadmium concentration of 100 mg kg-1, more than 537 times the amount of cadmium accumulated in the aboveground part of the plant, as opposed to that in control. The ability of Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica), to regenerate from parts of the rhizome, to grow and develop under stressful conditions in the presence of heavy metals indicates a high tolerance to heavy metals.
Key words: Japanese Knotweed (Reynoutria japonica), phytoremediation, heavy metal accumulation
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