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Nature to the rescue of contaminated soils

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Phytoremediation and mycoremediation are increasingly used to control contaminated soils. Let's take a closer look at how the use of plants is used to reduce, degrade or immobilize contaminants.

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“Maxime Fortin Faubert, doctoral student at the Institute for Research in Plant Biology of the University of Montreal, combines two approaches to decontaminate brownfield soil, polluted with hydrocarbons and heavy metals: phytoremediation, using plants, and mycoremediation, using fungi. "

Source: Radio-Canada

“Phytoremediation as an inexpensive and effective solution to surface contamination. This soil depollution technique is based on the interactions of certain plants. Traditionally, soil decontamination has consisted of simply moving pollution by transporting huge masses of soil to landfills. It seems that a much more convincing solution comes from nature itself. ”

Source: The Parisian

The activities in this guide will allow students to become familiar with phytoremediation as well as mycoremediation through the use of plants and fungi.


 

Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the soil decontamination process;
- Compare the phytoremediation and mycoremediation processes;
- Create a digital herbarium from hyperaccumulating plants;
- Know the plants that can be used in soil decontamination.


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