Removal of Prussian blue from contaminated soil in the rhizosphere of cyanogenic plants. Academic Article uri icon


  • The fate of radiolabeled cyanide in soil was investigated during exposure to cyanogenic plant species, sorghum (Sorghum bicolor var. P721) and flax (Linum usitassimum var. Omega-Gold), in fully-contained growth chambers. Labeled cyanide was subject to microbial transformation, assimilation by plant roots, incorporation and biodegradation in plant tissue. For this study, (14)C-labeled cyanide was added to soil, and distribution of (14)C activity was assessed before plant establishment and after harvest. After 3 months of plant growth, 7% of the (14)C-labeled cyanide was converted to (14)CO(2) with sorghum and 6% with flax, compared with only 2% conversion in unplanted soil. A small amount of unaltered cyanide was shown to be accumulated by the plants (approximately 140 mg cyanide/kg plant or <0.1% of the total). Results from this experiment demonstrate the potential of cyanogenic plants for use in phytoremediation of cyanide-contaminated soil.

published proceedings

  • Chemosphere

author list (cited authors)

  • Kang, D., Hong, L. Y., Schwab, A. P., & Banks, M. K.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Kang, Dong-Hee||Hong, Lee Yen||Schwab, A Paul||Banks, M Katherine

publication date

  • November 2007