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Lecture of Prof. Norman Terry for Visiting Jiangsu University

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Prof. Norman Terry

Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Lecture for Students and Teachers

Title: Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water

Time: May. 24, 2019, 10:00 am.

Place: he No.3 lecture hall on the third floor of the conference center.

Introduction to Prof. Norman Terry :


Norman Terry is a Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. in Botany (Special Honors) from University of Southampton, a MS in Plant Physiology from University of Nottingham, and a PhD in Plant Physiology from University of Nottingham. In 1972, He joined University of California, Berkeley. Since 1989 his research has focused on phytoremediation, the use of plants to clean up contaminated soil and water. His research approach is multidisciplinary and his research group conducts research in ecology, plant physiology and biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology (including the genetic engineering of plants for enhanced phytoremediation). His major accomplishments include the development and application of constructed wetlands to remove selenium and toxic heavy metals from agricultural and industrial wastewater, as well as the development of genetically engineered plants for the phytoremediation of selenium-contaminated soils. Recently, he and his research group succeeded in the phytoremediation of petroleum-contaminated soil in California of America. He has authored over 265 research publications, obtained 3 patents, and co-edited the book Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soil and Water, published by Lewis publishers, New York.


Phytoremediation of contaminated soil and water is the major research area of Pro. Norman terry. This lecture focused on the research progress and application of phytoremediation in the removal of selenium (Se) from water. Based on the metabolic mechanism of Se in phytoremediation, transgenic plants with high efficiency of Se metabolism were obtained using genetic engineering and applied in the phytoremediation of Se in environment. In addition, constructed wetland was established for the removal of excess Se from waste water and agricultural irrigation drainage. According to these results, an algae-assisted constructed wetland was used for the phytoremediation of Se-contaminated water in Species Protection Regime of Salton Sea in California.

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