October 22, 2015


There are some interesting findings from a University of Montreal research team studying contaminated soil rehabilitation – phytoremediation. While the process of remediating or reclaiming contaminated soil by planting ‘highly chemical-tolerant plants’ has become more widespread in recent years, the big news is the discovery that plants growing in contaminated soil have adapted their RNA to trigger a pest-resistant defence mechanism that isn’t found in plants growing in non-contaminated soil (Science Daily, Oct 15, 2015). This pest-resistance results in higher-yield crops, and the possibility of integrating phytoremediation with value-added processes such as ‘lignocellulosic bioenergy production’.

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