A New Discovery May Lead to Cleaner Water

Recent years have seen increasing public awareness that pharmaceuticals, household chemicals and other contaminants that seep into the soil are threatening the world’s water supply. Now a fresh discovery offers a possible solution to this environmental crisis.

According to an article in Forbes, pollen and spore grains could be used to clean water of chemicals that can harm marine organisms and the environment. The rough surfaces of pollen and spore grains attach to various contaminants in the water, safely removing the toxins.

“In their experiment, the researchers found the grains could remove virtually all the phosphate [a widespread chemical that leads to the excessive growth of algae] from water samples and nearly 80% of various other chemicals including triclosan, diclofenac and estradiol,” Forbes reports.

Researchers are now examining how to apply this technology to cleaning water on a larger scale.

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