Student spotlight: Amelia Corzo Remigio

"My research subject is phytoextraction of abandoned mine tailings. This technique uses plants known as hyperaccumulators, which great quantities of toxic elements into their shoots, to remove toxic elements from polluted soils. Unlike normal plants, hyperaccumulators can complete their life cycle even when exposed to higher levels of metals or metalloids in the soil.

The technique is cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and can remove toxic elements such as arsenic as well as expensive metals such as thallium. Phytoextraction is a strategy to deal with mining legacies turning waste material into resources."

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