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PLANTS AS ALTERNATIVE COVERS AT CONTAMINATED SITES
Grifoni, M., G. Petruzzelli, M. Barbafieri, I. Rosellini, B. Pezzarossa, and F. Pedron.
International Science Index, Environmental and Ecological Engineering 11(10):723-727(2017)

An evapotranspiration (ET) cover is an alternative type of cover system that utilizes a water balance approach to maximize the ET process and reduce the contaminants leaching through the soil profile. Microcosm tests carried out on two contaminated soils using Triticum durum (durum wheat, an annual grass) and Helianthus annuus (common sunflower) indicated that transpiration was higher than evaporation, thus supporting the use of the plants as alternative cover at the contaminated study site. http://www.waset.org/publications/10008059



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