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Phytoremediation

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hey guys, I'm jumping into a topic I'm a bit naive to, so i figured i would get some insight from others who hopefully have a little more knowledge on the subject.

is it possible to clarify water through phytoremediation? or use that process to clean up e coli? i know some phytoremediatic(?) plants can absorb heavy metals and stuff, i just didn't know about other forms of "clean up".

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I know almost nothing about this subject either but with just enough chemistry and biology knowledge to be dangerous, I would think that certain plants could "metabolize" organics like fertilizers and motor oil in run-off water. I understand canna lilies are good for this as the like super moist soil too.

 

Coincidentally, there is an article in the current issue of Texas Architect (March/April 2015) in which local Houston architect Kathleen English discusses bioswales and the retention and treatment of rainwater. Google "kathleen english bioswales" for some interesting links.

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