Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Silkworms Get the Lead Out

Silkworm, Bombyx mori

Lead is a toxic metal with detrimental effects on human development and is found in numerous contaminated industrial sites . Removal of toxic metals from contaminated sites is problematic and costly. Phytoremediation, the use of plants to remove toxins from the soil is one potential solution.

A group of Chinese scientists* explored adding an insect component to phytoremediation of sites contaminated by lead. Mulberry trees planted in lead contaminated soils removed lead…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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