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The plants absorb contaminants through the root system and store them in the root biomass and/or transport them up into the stems and/or leaves. A living plant may continue to absorb contaminants until it is harvested. After harvest a lower level of the contaminant will remain in the soil, so the growth/harvest cycle must usually be repeated through several crops to achieve a significant cleanup. After the process, the cleaned soil can support other vegetation.
Advantages: The main advantage of phytoextraction is environmental friendliness. Traditional methods which are used for cleaning up heavy metal contaminated soil disrupt soil structure and reduce soil productivity, whereas phytoextraction can clean up the soil without causing any kind of harm to soil quality. Another benefit of phytoextraction is that it is less expensive than any other clean up process.
Disadvantages: As this process is controlled by plants, it takes more time than traditional soil clean up methods.
Two versions of phytoextraction:
natural hyper-accumulation, where plants naturally take up the contaminants in soil unassisted, and
induced or assisted hyper-accumulation, in which a conditioning fluid containing a chelator or another agent is added to soil to increase metal solubility or mobilization so that the plants can absorb them more easily. In many cases natural hyperaccumulators are metallophyte plants that can tolerate and incorporate high levels of toxic metals. Poplar Semi-Permeable
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There is great potential for combining this technique with renewable energy technologies to cut or even eliminate the cost of purifying water.
Its potential uses other than desalination include: wastewater treatment, pharmaceutical and juice concentration, potable-water re-use in space, some power generation possibilities.
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Osmosis Energy Storage Geography Video & Media Water purification is the process of removing undesirable chemicals, materials, and biological contaminants from raw water. The goal is to produce water fit for a specific purpose. Most water is purified for human consumption (drinking water) but water purification may also be designed for a variety of other purposes, including meeting the requirements of medical, pharmacology, chemical and industrial applications. In general the methods used include physical process such as filtration and sedimentation, biological processes such as slow sand filters or activated sludge, chemical process such as flocculation and chlorination and the use of electromagnetic radiation such as ultraviolet light. (wikipedia). Pigweed Bioremediation Biodegradation Products & Patents Video & Media Rhizofiltration Timeline People & Organizations Forums & Groups Phytostabilization Phytoremediation Desalination, desalinization, or desalinisation refers to any of several processes that remove excess salt and other minerals from water. More generally, desalination may also refer to the removal of salts and minerals, as in soil desalination. (wikipedia). Soil Treatment more... Phytostimulation Forums & Groups Phytoextraction Basic descriptive text & images Products & Patents Video & Media Marine Policy Natural Pharmaceuticals Hyperaccumulators Video & Media Phytovolatilization Vertical
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Image: IDE, via www.water-technology.net Reverse osmosis (RO) is a filtration method that removes many types of large molecules and ions from solutions by applying pressure to the solution when it is on one side of a selective membrane. The result is that the solute is retained on the pressurized side of the membrane and the pure solvent is allowed to pass to the other side. To be "selective," this membrane should not allow large molecules or ions through the pores (holes), but should allow smaller components of the solution (such as the solvent) to pass freely. Reverse osmosis is most commonly known for its use in drinking water purification from seawater, removing the salt and other substances from the water molecules. (wikipedia). more... Revere Osmosis Device
image: Dickson D. Despommier is a microbiologist, ecologist and Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He conducts research on intracellular parasitism and teaches courses on Parasitic Diseases, Medical Ecology and Ecology. In recent years, Despommier has received considerable media coverage for his ideas on vertical farming. With graduate students in a medical ecology class, Despommier developed the concept of vertical farming in 1999.
Dickson Despommier is also co-host of two popular podcasts along with Vincent Racaniello, namely TWIV (This Week in Virology) and TWIP (This Week is Parasitism). (wikipedia). Chris Jacobs Dickson Despommier Columbia University in the City of New York (commonly known as Columbia University, or simply Columbia) is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, and is the 5th oldest in the United States making it one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Columbia's main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain, and is one of only three United States universities to have been founded under such authority. United > Future Columbia University Andrew Kranis University of Waterloo The University of Waterloo is a comprehensive public university in the city of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The school was founded in 1957 by Drs. Gerry Hagey and Ira G. Needles, and has since grown to an institution of more than 30,000 students, faculty, and staff. The school is notable for being the first university in North America to create a Faculty of Mathematics, and for having the largest co-operative education program in the world. (wikipedia) www.columbia.edu http://uwaterloo.ca/ Dickson Despommier Except Integrated Sustainability Vertical Farms in Shanghai