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Research Briefs: Edenspace Systems Corporation

Superfund Research Program

Enhanced Endophyte: Poplar System for Remediation of Organic Contaminants

Project Leader: Michael J. Blaylock
Grant Number: R44ES020099
Funding Period: Phase II: April 2011 - August 2015
View this project in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT)

Research Briefs

  • 274 - Endophytes Help Poplar Trees Clean Up TCE on Superfund Site -- Blaylock
    Release Date: 10/04/2017

    Poplar trees can capture and remove trichloroethylene (TCE) from the soil and degrade it. Now, a method using endophytes, symbiotic microbes that live within a plant, has been successfully shown to boost the speed and effectiveness of this natural degradation process. Researchers led by Edenspace Systems Corporation, a Superfund Research Program (SRP)-funded small business, conducted the first large-scale experiment on a Superfund site using poplar trees fortified with a microbial endophyte to clean up TCE-contaminated groundwater.

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