Journal article

Which species? A decision-support tool to guide plant selection in stormwater biofilters

Emily GI Payne, Tracey Pham, Ana Deletic, Belinda E Hatt, Perran LM Cook, Tim D Fletcher

ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Plant species are diverse in form, function and environmental response. This provides enormous potential for designing nature-based stormwater treatment technologies, such as biofiltration systems. However, species can vary dramatically in their pollutant-removal performance, particularly for nitrogen removal. Currently, there is a lack of information on how to efficiently select from the vast palette of species. This study aimed to identify plant traits beneficial to performance and create a decision-support tool to screen species for further testing. A laboratory experiment using 220 biofilter columns paired plant morphological characteristics with nitrogen removal and water loss for 20 Au..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by ARC at Monash University


Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an ARC Linkage project (LP0990153) undertaken at Monash University with funding and generous support from the Australian Research Council, Western Australia Department of Water and Melbourne Water. Fletcher was supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT100100144) during part of this study.