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Chrysler's Mutant Poplars Clean Up Oil Spills

Auto maker Chrysler is pairing with Purdue University researchers to clean up pollutants at a former oil storage site in Kokomo, Indiana. They are turning not merely to technology but to nature. Specially bred transgenic poplar trees are being planted by the researchers, funded by Chrysler.

These trees have proven capable of absorbing trichloroethylene, or TCE, and other pollutants including leukemia-causing benzene. The pollutants are then metabolized into harmless products. They remove pollutants 100 times faster than non-genetically modified poplars.

The research is funded by a $1.3 million-grant as exploring ways to alter the trees to absorb even more pollution. Richard Meilan, a Purdue associate professor, is leading the study. The duration of the study is relatively short term and is designed to wow it's great levitra brand minimize genetic impact via get pharmacy breeding with natural trees; Meilan explains, "Three years should be enough time for them to grow up, send down roots to suck the pollutants up and break them down, then we'll cut them down before they have the chance to pass on their genes to the environment."

The burgeoning field of using plants to remove pollution is levitra wholesale los angeles known as phytoremediation. If the study succeeds, poplars may become one of buy sildenafil viagra the field's biggest tools, as they are relatively hardy and grow over a broad range of climates.

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Yes, but...
written by Scott, January 30, 2008
I know people think that phytoremediation is a great thing (round the clock cleanup with minimal effort and no heavy equipment) but I keep feeling like everyone overlooks the fact that you're essentially pulling up toxins higher into the generic cialis next day food chain. How do you prevent insects from dining on the trees? How do you prevent birds from eating said insects? And on we recommend united healthcare cialis and on up the chain.

While I applaud the idea, this is the same kind of thinking that brought us invasive plants and animals under the guise that it would help with a different problem.
"metabolized into harmless products"
written by Scott T., January 30, 2008
I'm very much not qualified to mastercard cialis really answer your question, but if I understand "metabolized into harmless products" correctly, this means the pollutants are not just absorbed, but also transformed by the plants into non-harmful compounds. The goes beyond sequestration into plant matter and also moves the mexico cialis no prescription "processing" of the pollutants into the plants, which is very appealing if it works like I think it does.
Phytoremediation Expert
written by gmoke, January 30, 2008
John Todd has been a pioneer in phytoremediation. It might be good to ask him what he thinks.

My suspicion, based upon my talks with John, is that there are probably a lot of existing plants which can perform phytoremediation without the need of producing transgenic strains. I would venture to say that the natural remediators have not been completely studied. The move to transgenics is more likely to be based upon profit than science.
written by Snark, January 31, 2008
I'm leery of transgenics; I'm a former employee of the EPA who helped prepare the agency's comments on the USDA GMO crop environmental impact statement, and my research at the time demonstrated a slew of possible impacts that current policy does not address or anticipate. I'm not intrinsically against the idea of GMOs, the possibility of unintended metabolic and buying propecia without a prescription phenotypic changes arising from the process of genetic modification concerns me greatly. A slight change to the incredibly complicated plant genome-metabolism complex could have significant ecological effects, and I'm unconvinced that testing procedure is stringent enough to assure us that those effects are negligible.
written by Richard Davine, January 31, 2008
Frankenstein's trees whoopee! Something unnatural fixing something polluting. Let's invent new ways of staying with old and polluting technologies. smilies/grin.gif
written by Snark, February 01, 2008
"Something unnatural fixing something polluting."

What I can't get behind are superstitious, poorly informed arguments like this. "Unnatural" doesn't cut the cialis femele mustard, guys. There are legitimate arguments against GMOs, and illegitimate ones - and all this emo crap about unnatural and frankenfoods doesn't convince anyone who matters.
Spill containment products
written by Brian, April 19, 2010
It would of been wise of Chrysler to levitra pfizer canada implement so type of preventitive measure such as All terrain berm or something of that nature. More concerned with making money than protecting the environment. What ashame!
Spill containment
written by Spill containment , September 21, 2012
Great that corporate responsibly still exists with companies like Chrysler. Rather than continue to utilize other harmful chemicals or use spill berms they decided to let nature lend a hand.

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