Putting Biotechnology to Work Cleaning Polluted Land
Tests Focus on Heavy Metals Contamination
In North America, the term brownfield is used to describe sites with suspected or known pollution due to hazardous waste. Many sit unused for decades because of the high cost of returning them to land that is safe to redevelop.
As recently reported by Alex Berezow on the American Council on Science and Health's website, techniques using biotechnology are growing in popularity with researchers. One example of trying to develop genetically engineered microbes to attack heavy metals was referenced not long ago in the journal Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.