The next big way to clean up toxic sites may be coaxing plants to become janitors, a Michigan State University scientist says.
Clayton Rugh, an assistant professor of crop and soil sciences, explains that phytoremediation – using plants to remove contaminants from the soil – is evolving.
In the early stages of this technology, plants were used like sponges, soaking up toxic substances so they can be safely discarded. The next step, Rugh says, is plants that act like a green Mr. Clean, with roots that make detergents to break down toxins. "What were looking at now are kind of Mop & Glo plants," Rugh said. "These plants make detergents that secrete into the soil, making the plant a kind of site custodian."
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