Underrated Technologies: Phytoremediation

Phytoremediation is a form of bioremediation, where plants are used to sequester or biodegrade environmental contaminants. The technology has undergone some extensive development in recent years, and numerous successes reported for removal of arsenic, nickel, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides and other metals and chemicals, from soil and ground water. Bioremediation is a form of biotechnology often overlooked. However, as we learn more about plant genetics and are able to produce more transgenic plants, this technology may move closer to the forefront of green technologies.

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