25 Apr '11, 12pm

How are scientists reinventing the olive? They're going beyond oil to reduce its polluting waste @socialpyramid reports

How are scientists reinventing the olive? They're going beyond oil to reduce its polluting waste @socialpyramid reports

Increased olive oil production has led to water pollution in the Mediterranean, but a group of Israeli scientists have found a way to reuse this waste. Brian Clark Howard reports from southern Israel. As the production of olive oil is rapidly increasing, so is waste. Only 20 percent of the mass of an olive is currently useful. Photo: Brian Clark Howard “We want to know the olive,” Professor Zeev Wiesman said with gusto, in his thick Israeli accent. “We want to see what compounds we can extract from it,” he explained. Wiesman held up a bottle of olive oil, as the bright Israeli sun glinted off the reused glass. The liquid inside was a perfect golden green. Bottles of olives were stacked on shelves behind the professor. Petri dishes and a mass spectrometer crowded workbenches. Wiesman is head of the Phyto-Lipid Biotechnology Lab at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in south...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/04/25/reinventing-the-olive...

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