01 Dec '11, 2am

‘Shrooms Can Clean Oil-Tainted Soil: Filed under: Energy News

‘Shrooms Can Clean Oil-Tainted Soil: Filed under: Energy News

Conventional phytoremediation involves using hardy plants to suck up pollutants from soil as they grow. Substances such as heavy metals can then be removed by harvesting the plants, which can be incinerated (or perhaps some day, used as feedstock for biofuels). The Montreal project involves a new twist, which is to enhance the work of the plants by spiking the soil with bacteria and microfungi. A member of the research team, biochemistry professor B. Franz Lang, explains that “it isn’t the plant doing most of the work, it’s the microorganisms i.e. the mushrooms and bacteria accompanying the root.” The team has performed tests using willow shoots, which grow rapidly and have deep roots, and the next phase of the research involves finding the most efficient combination of plants with mushrooms and bacteria.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/11/30/shrooms-can-clean-oil...

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