Ecological Phytoremediation Research Group

Research Areas

We work closely with the Montréal Botanical Garden, University of Montréal (Canada) and the École des Mines de Nantes (France). Our common mission is to improve the water and soil quality at urbanization area by using phytotechnology. Our research focuses on phytotechnology or, in other words, how to use plants to solve environment problems such as water and soil popution.1.Study on the effect of plant species on plant growth and nutrient uptake in constructed wetlands for wastewater with low nutrient load.2.Study on selection of Chinese shrub and tree species promising for phytoextraction of trace elements in a large-scale experimental site.

Three programs will be studied in future three years that supported by Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden since 2015. These researches are mainly included (1) the ecological technology for constructed wetland systems, (2) phytoremediation of eutrophicwater and (3) phytoremediation of metal contaminated soil.

Principal Investigator (PI)
Gilles Vincent C.Q., Special advisor of the Executive President - Chenshan Botanical Garden - Shanghai
Tel: 86-21-37792288 Ext 808
Address: 3888 Chenhua Road, Songjiang District

Education Background

G. Vincent received a B.Sc. in biological sciences from the University of Montréal in 1978, and a M.Sc. in botany from the same institution in 1983. To supplement his training in biology, he attended numerous management seminars at well-known, accredited institutions.


G. Vincent was a botanist at the Montreal Botanical Garden from 1982 to 1994. He was then named Curator and Head of the “Research and Scientific Development” division of the Garden, positions he held through 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he was Environmental Issues Coordinator for the City of Montreal. In 1997, he was appointed Director of the Montreal Botanical Garden. In 1999, he accepted a position with a business firm, which he held until 2003, when he was ounce again appointed Director of the Garden, a position he held since April 2014. In May 2014, he was appointed as the Special Advisor of the Executive President of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden by the Shanghai Landscape & City Appearance Bureau of the City of Shanghai.

Florent Chazarenc
PH.D,Assistant Research Fellow
Guowei Zhang
M. Sc,Assistant Researcher
Tel: 021-37792288*377
Email: 471612775
Jacques Brisson
Kankan Shang
PH.D,Senior Engineer
Tel: 021-37792288*377
Michel Labrecque
M. Sc,Assistant Research Fellow
Shumeng Kou
M. Sc,Assistant Researcher
Tel: 021-37792288*952

  1. S.Kou*, G.Vincent, E.Gonzalez, F.E.Pitre, M.labrecque & N.J.B.BreRETON. The response of a 16S ribosomal RNA fragment amplified community to lead, zinc and copper pollution in a Shanghai field. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2018.(in press)

  2. G.Vincent*K.K.Shang*G.Zhang*, F.Chazarenc & J.Brisson. Plant growth and nutrient uptake in treatment wetlands for water with low pollutant concentration.Water Science&Technology. 2018.(in press)

  3. Shang Kankan, Song Kun, Da Liangjun. Ecology of relict Tertiary deciduous trees in subtropical China. In Box ed. Vegetation structure and function at multiple spatial, temporal and conceptual scales. 2016.149-167.

  4. Rodríguez M. and J. Brisson. Pollutant removal efficiency of native versus exotic common reed (Phragmites australis) in North American treatment wetlands.Ecological Engineering. 2015.74, 364–370.

  5. Desjardins, D., W. Guidi-Nissim, F.  Pitre, A. Naud and M. Labrecque.  Distribution patterns of spontaneous vegetation and pollution at a former decantation basin in southern Québec, Canada. Ecological Engineering. 2014. 64, 385–390.

  6. Guidi-Nissim, W., F.E. Pitre, H. Kadri, D. Desjardins and MLabrecque.  Early Response of willow to increasing silver concentration exposure. International Journal of Phytoremediation. 2014.16 (7-8): 660-670.

  7. Sarperi L, Surbrenat A, Kerihuel A, Chazarenc F. The use of an industrial by-product as a sorbent to remove CO2 and H2S from biogas. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. 2014.2(2), pp.1207-1213. 

  8. KanKan,Shang, Qi-Ping Zhang, Liang-Jun Da, et al. Effects of natural and artificial disturbance on landscape and forest structure in Tiantong National Forest Park, East China.Landscape and Ecological Engineering. 2014.10:163-172.

  9. Lauron-Moreau, A., F. E. Pitre, L. Brouillet and MLabrecque. Microsatellite Markers of Willow Species and Characterization of 11 Polymorphic Microsatellites for Salix eriocephala (Salicaceae) , a Potential Native Species for Biomass Production in Canada. Plants. 2013.(2): 203-210.

  10. Gagnon, V., F. Chazarenc, Y. Comeau and J. Brisson. Effect of plant species on sludge dewatering and fate of pollutants in sludge treatment wetlands. Ecological Engineering. 2013. 61:593–600.

  11. Ladislas, S., C. Gérente, F. Chazarenc, J. Brissonand Y. Andrès. Performances of two macrophyte species in floating  treatment wetlands for cadmium, nickel and zinc removal from urban stormwater runoff. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. 2013. 224: 1408 (1-10).

  12. Lockwell, J., W. Guidi and M. Labrecque. Soil carbon sequestration potential of willows in short-rotation coppice established on abandoned farmlands. Plant and Soil Volume .2012.360 (1): 299-318.

  13. Guidi-Nissim W. and MLabrecque. Il salice nel controllo del degrado ambientale: L’esperienza canadese nell’ambito delle fitotecnologie. Sherwood . 2012.184: 41-45.

  14. Guidi-Nissim, W., Kadri H., M. Labrecque.  Establishment techniques to using willow for phytoremediation on a former oil refinery in southern Quebec: achievements and constraints. Chemistry and Ecology .2012.28 (1): 49-64.