NMSU tests poplar trees for phytoremediation of contaminated former oil refinery site

New Mexico State University’s research on phytoremediation is paying particular attention to poplar trees to determine if they can help stop the migration of an underground plume of petroleum contaminants. Phytoremediation refers to the treatment of environmental issues, utilizing plants without the need for excavation or disposal of contaminated soil. Researchers have developed a long-term monitoring plan to observe plant tissue, soil and groundwater to test the effectiveness of these methods towards future agricultural production. 


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