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Vegetation that helps break down toxins debuts at manufactured gas plant site.
Fortnightly Magazine - July 15 2003

by taking up tainted water and releasing moisture through leaves, keeping contaminants out of groundwater.

Phytotransformation. Plants secrete enzymes that break down pollutants in the soil, or enzymes within the plant structure break down contaminants taken up by the plant.

Rhizome biodegradation. Plants add oxygen to the soil and secrete enzymes that improve the growing environment for bacteria and fungi that break down contaminants. -J.A.

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