Wednesday, February 16, 2005

GMOs help clean up environment!

Genetically engineered crops are good for the environment because less pesticide and herbicide is needed. But other genetically engineered plants can actually help clean up toxic chemicals.

Transgenic mustard sucks up selenium (Hat tip:

{Genetically modified Indian mustard plants have successfully cleaned up excessive selenium in a California field.

This is the first field trial for a pollution-busting transgenic plant, and it proves that the technology can work outside the laboratory, say the researchers who carried out the test.}

{They found that the transgenic plants could accumulate up to 4.3 times as much selenium as conventional, wild-type Indian mustard.}

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