posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 11:01 AM
Scientist have created a "proof of concept" where they are able to use a genetically modified mustard palnt to absorb selenium a toxic heavy metal.
The plant absorbs the selenium and converts it to a harmless gas. The plant is not yet ready for commercial use but they are hopeful that it will be
soon. They are also investigating the possible use of other plants to clean up mecury.
Genetically modified plants may be the green solution for cleaning up contaminated soils.
The results of a successful field trial in California last year were published last week in the online arm of Environmental Science & Technology. They
showed that genetic engineering boosted a plant's ability to absorb selenium, a toxic heavy metal, by 430 percent.
"It was our first trial, and we were surprised at how well it worked," said study author Norman Terry, a professor of plant and microbial biology
with the University of California, Berkeley.
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This is a very great stride in the right direction. Man finally working with nature to help clean up mankind's mess.
We are already using types of algae to clean up oil spills. Maybe soon we can even use natural sources to, dare I say it?, clean up our trash,
There futrue is starting to look better and greener to me now!
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