Evaluating macrophyte selection and germination protocols to enhance nutrient sequestration in engineered wetland models
thesisposted on 22.05.2021, 15:05 by Francesca Mary Fernandes
Research examining contaminant sequestration using engineered wetlands has been conducted for many years but the implementation of sustainable, biodiverse strategies is still in its infancy. A major gap in knowledge still exists regarding the kinds of macrophytes to be selected, especially the inclusion of non-invasive native flora. There is a lack of information about macrophyte selection criteria and germination protocols. Thus, this study attempted to redress this dearth in knowledge. The first part of this thesis critically assessed a list of macrophytes provided by Environment Canada (1996) and created “selection criteria” for choosing specific macrophytes. Germination protocols were then compiled to determine and outline optimized germination protocols for these aquatic macrophytes. In the second part of this study, two different constructed wetlands models were designed for laboratory purposes (a “floating” constructed wetland model and a “stationary” constructed wetland model). Water samples were assed for biological impact and phosphorus concentration.