Tree species selection for a mine tailigns bioremediation project in Peru
This article explains a project in southern Peru where tree plantings were used as bioremediation for treating tailings water from a copper mine. A variety of 25 tree species were selected for trial plantings on the site that could also be suitable for fuel and construction wood in the future.
Conclusions & Takeaways
The study found that the average survival rate amongst all the tree species selected was 76%, which is fairly high given the poor water and soil conditions. The researchers measured at 6 months and 16 months and T. aphylla and A. saligna demonstrated the best growth characteristics.
Tree species selection for a mine tailings bioremediation project in Peru. Biomass and Bioenergy. 2005;28:418–423. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2004.11.002..
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