Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mutant grasses can clean up the mess left over from bombs

Some of the RDX-neutralizing grass

RDX is a highly-toxic explosive that has been used in munitions ever since World War II. To this day, it accumulates in the soil at locations such as bombing ranges and military training grounds, where it can ultimately leech into groundwater sources. Cleaning up these contaminated sites using conventional technology can be very expensive, so scientists at the University of Washington and the University of York have developed an alternative – they've created transgenic grass that "eats" RDX.

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