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Plants and Microbes May Hold Key To Effective Cleanup

July, 2005

Superfund sites are infamous for their hazardous, stubborn chemical wastes, but one cleanup solution may be to put the right mix of plants and microbes together in the soil, according to a new University of Florida study.

The study examined the interaction between two of the likeliest candidates for cleanup duty – the loblolly pine and soil-dwelling, methane-eating bacteria.

The practice of planting chemically resilient trees and plants in contaminated sites t