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The International Phytotechnology Society (IPS) is a nonprofit, worldwide professional society comprised of individuals and institutions engaged in the science and application of using plants to deal with environmental problems.

IPS’s mission is to promote research, education, training, and application of those technologies that use plants to deal with problems of environmental contamination, carbon sequestration, alternative fuels, and ecological restoration.

IPS is open to all researchers, practitioners, regulators, site owners and interested and concerned individuals who want to promote a natural way to deal with environmental problems.

Phytotechnologies are the use of plants to remedy environmental problems. Plants can be used to clean or contain contaminants from soil, sediments, or water. Planted systems can degrade organic pollutants and extract heavy metals. Plants can be used to restore impacted ecosystems, provide biofuel, sequester carbon, improve air quality, and beneficially impact our environment. Advances have been made in research to identify and optimize plant capability to reduce risk and enhance environmental benefits. This Society is devoted to bringing together the science, engineering, and applications of phytotechnologies worldwide.

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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Syracuse, NY


biotechnology, phytotechnology, environmental contamination, carbon sequestration, alternative fuels, ecological restoration


Biotechnology | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Organizing Committee

Committee Chair, Dr. Lee Newman, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Dr. Stephen Ebbs, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Mr. Walter H. Eifert, ELM Site Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Heather F. Henry, National Institute Environmental Health Science

Dr. Elena Maestri, University of Parma

Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie Nichols, North Carolina State University

Dr. Om Parkash (Dhankher), University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Liz Rylott, University of York

Dr. David Tsao, BP Corporation North America, Inc.

Dr. Tomas Vanek, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR

Dr. Jason White, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Dr. Ronald S. Zalesny, Jr., U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies

Dr. Barbara Zeeb, Royal Military College of Canada

10th International Phytotechnologies Conference Proceedings