Tropical Plants May be the Solution for Some Water Issues

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Article courtesy of Staff of Pollution Solutions | July 6th, 2016 | Pollution Solutions | Shared as educational material.

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The increased use of certain fertilisers has led to a growing amount of heavy metals in soil, such as aluminium, arsenic, copper and zinc (among others). This metal presence can lead to water pollution, which in turn can cause a myriad of health problems including hypertension, kidney failure, and skin aggravations. Heavy metals can bind to important cellular components, such as structural proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids, and interfere with their functioning. Jatropha curcas is a perennially-flowering plant which flourishes in tropical conditions, making it an ideal choice for somewhere like Malaysia. Experts are optimistic that the tropical plants can provide a cheap, naturally-occurring and sustainable alternative to the more expensive and time-consuming methods currently deployed. This would allow water to be safely treated in remote and impoverished areas, thus granting everyone all over the world access to clean drinking water. Read more about the new technology and its possible applications here:

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