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SCI/TECH: Working with Nature to clean up the Environment

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posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 11:01 AM
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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.
 



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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, plastics etc.
There futrue is starting to look better and greener to me now!

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posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 01:00 AM
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Good find, and good news! I do worry about genetic modifications but find I am more accepting when it's for such good purposes. ...But as I recall, many natural plants have the ability to take certain things out of the soil and put other things in too. Worth watching anyway. Thanks.



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