Modified prairie grass can absorb military toxin

2021-09-07

Genetically modified switchgrass, a common prairie plant, can absorb an explosive called RDX that has seeped into the soil at military firing ranges, according to research published in Nature Biotechnology. When researchers planted the modified grass at a polluted base in upstate New York, the grasses broke down the chemicals, resulting in lower concentrations of the pollutant in nearby waters.

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