Wherever Nile Fiber™ is grown its unique ability to phytoremediat and metabolize or eliminate pollutants in soils, water are but a few unique and powerful qualities that this incredible product holds. Many studies with our partners will continue in the field of phytoremediation with Nile Fiber™ but one of our core interests is in the ability to learn more about phytoremediation and expand our product line into the ability to return contaminated lands and water ways to a cleaner richer state.
Nile Fiber™ has an amazing ability to phytoremediation harmful pollutants & heavy-metals from soil and lands. This facet offers a 3rd dimension to the value of this crop as an energy solution. Phytoremediation studies are ongoing however it's clear that established root communities from crops like Nile Fiber™ add value to agricultural lands and soils vacant of necessary nutrients for successful agricultural crops to thrive in.
TreeFree Biomass Solutions is highly interested in pursuing this added value of Phytoremediation as a product line in the future. The need in the world for products and services the can quickly and successfully implement Phytoremediation efforts is growing by the year. Governments and corporations are putting more pressure than ever to clean up their business practices and the ways in witch they are managing their wastes and responsibilities. With this continued pressure and focus on a cleaner and more concerned general public and the governments involved we believe that Nile Fiber™ has a strong future in the world as a valuable advocate and Phytoremediation solution.
Definitions - Phytoremediation
Phytoremediation - "The application of plant-controlled interactions with groundwater and organic and inorganic molecules at contaminated sites to achieve site-specific remedial goals." - Landmeyer, 2011
Phytoremediation - "Phytoremediation is the use of green plants to remove pollutants from the environment or render them harmless ... 'Green' technology uses plants to 'vacuum' heavy metals from the soil through the roots ... While acting as vacuum cleaners, the unique plants must be able to tolerate and survive high levels of heavy metals in soils." - Becker, 2000
Phytoremediation - "Phytoremediation uses plants to clean up pollution in the environment. Plants can help clean up many kinds of pollution including metals, pesticides, explosives, and oil. The plants also help prevent wind, rain, and groundwater from carrying pollution away from sites to other areas. Phytoremediation works best at sites with low to medium amounts of pollution. Plants remove harmful chemicals from the ground when their roots take in water and nutrients from polluted soil, streams, and groundwater ... Once inside the plant, chemicals can be stored in the roots, stems, or leaves; changed into less harmful chemicals within the plant; or changed into gases that are released into the air as the plant transpires (breathes)." - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2001
Phytoremediation - "Phytoremediation is the direct use of green plants and their associated microorganisms to stabilize or reduce contamination in soils, sludges, sediments, surface water, or ground water ... Sites with low concentrations of contaminants over large cleanup areas and at shallow depths present especially favorable conditions for phytoremediation." - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011
Phytoremediation - "Phytoremediation is the use of vegetation for in situ treatment of contaminated soils, sediments, and water. It is best applied at sites with shallow contamination of organic, nutrient, or metal pollutants ... Phytoremediation is an emerging technology for contaminated sites that is attractive due to its low cost and versatility." - Schnoor, 1997
Phytoremediation - "Remediation of contaminated soil in situ using vegetation ... Phytoremediation is carried out by growing plants that hyperaccumulate metals in the contaminated soil." - National Research Council, 1997
Phytoremediation of soil
This photo is a simple visual example as to the visual soil quality and the capability of an established root community to enrich soils that were once vacant of nutrients. An established Nile Fiber™ root community is a powerful force for returning lands to a suitable agricultural quality.