Narrator: This is Science
Today. When you want to clean toxic chemicals out
of the environment, it's not unusual to use microbes
-- a method known as bioremediation. Biologist Norman
Terry of the University of California, Berkeley
says bioremediation has been around quite awhile.
Terry: But recently there's been a tremendous amount of interest in the idea of using phytoremediation -- use of plants to clean up the environment. And that I think has a tremendously exciting potential.
Narrator: Terry himself is working on ways to clean up selenium, a toxic pollutant, using constructed wetlands, or swamps. He sees a bright future for phytoremediation.
Terry: I think that in the next 10 to 20 years we'll see a tremendous increase in phytoremediation-type methods of cleaning up the environment. Everything from cleaning up the disaster at Chernobyl to cleaning up organic pollutants. So I think we've just scratched the surface and down the road there's going to be a tremendous amount of activity in this area.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.