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Garden plants to be used to clean polluted land

Common garden plants are to be used to clean polluted land with the waste produced used to further medical research.

Scientists will use plants such as alyssum, ferns and a type of mustard called sinapi to soak up metals from derelict land previously occupied by factories, mines and landfill sites.

Some former industrial lands contain high levels of metals such as arsenic and platinum, in the ground which can cause harm to people and animals.

A team of researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Warwick, Birmingham, Newcastle and Cranfield have developed a way of extracting the chemicals through a process called phytoremediation, and are testing its effectiveness.

For the full article please click on the link below…

The Northern Echo

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10264053.Garden_plants_to_be_used_to_clean_polluted_land/