Does a plant filter out contaminates from soil. And if there is contiminate...

Asked June 10, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT

Does a plant filter out contaminates from soil. And if there is contiminate does it reside in the plant.

Ohio plants soil contamination

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It depends.
Some heavy metals for example can be taken up and concentrated in the plant, other compounds may be taken up, inactivated, and safened.

DO you have a specific compound you are concerned about?

Here is some reading on the topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16393813
Phytoremediation is a way to use plants to assist in the removal of heavy metals: http://www.plantstress.com/articles/toxicity_m/phytoremed.pdf
And a pretty detailed review of the literature from Sweden that may help frame more of your questions: http://info1.ma.slu.se/IMA/Publikationer/internserie/2004-01.pdf