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one can  envision additional plant/probiotic combinations for other pollutants

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-probiotics-poplar-trees-toxins-superfund.html

Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
 
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Duane, thank you for posting this article.  Since I am trying to learn more about probiotic effects on soil or dirt this is very helpful.  Highlights from the article:

"Now, a probiotic bacteria for trees can boost the speed and effectiveness of this natural cycle,"

" using poplar trees fortified with a probiotic—or natural microbe"

"The darker, taller poplar trees shown at the test site at the end of their third season were inoculated with microbes, while the shorter, lighter-green trees (center row) were not given the bacteria."

"After only a year, the trees given the microbe were bigger and healthier than the poplars with no special treatment. After three years, the inoculated trees were still more robust,"

"If we have something that speeds up and improves performance and makes it so the trees can grow better, that's really what we were trying to accomplish with this project."

 
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