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K-State Today

June 22, 2021

Professor announces publication of book on phytotechnology

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Larry Erickson, professor in the Tim Taylor Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University, and Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Usti nad Labem, the Czech Republic, have announced publication of their edited book, "Phytotechnology with Biomass Production — Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sites."

This book explains the concept of using phytotechnology with biomass production to improve soil quality and produce valuable products with economic and social value. It focuses on the application of second-generation biofuel crops to slightly contaminated or marginal post-military and post-mining soils.

"Based on recent research from the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Poland, along with studies from other countries," Erickson said, "this is the first comprehensive book on using phytotechnology with biomass production at contaminated sites at a global level.

"It's also a great new resource for those who want to study and plan phytotechnology projects as well as for those who carry them out."

The online version of the book is to be made available at no cost through an open access agreement with the publisher, Taylor and Francis.