Using the power of plants to clean up contaminated sites
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Barbara Zeeb, a biologist and Canada Research Chair in Biotechnologies and the Environment at the Royal Military College of Canada, is researching the role plants can play in removing contaminants from soil. Plants have many different mechanisms by which they remove, destroy, transfer, stabilize, or contain contaminants in soils. Zeeb’s work could help in cleaning up the hundreds of brownfields across Canada — sites of former gas stations and industrial facilities contaminated with petroleum products and chemicals — that pose a threat to human health and the environment.

“My students and I essentially study how plants work... So, in a sense, we do some very basic science for the sake of gaining new knowledge. We then apply this knowledge to real world problems. In our case, these problems have to do with cleaning up contaminated sites.”
Barbara Zeeb, Canada Research Chair in Biotechnologies and the Environment at the Royal Military College of Canada
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