Scientists discover moss that filters arsenic out of water, making it safe to drink

Researchers found the moss that has a very high capacity to remove arsenic from the water. This natural, environmental friendly way of water purification could be very suitable, especially for  purification of water for crops, that would indirectly lower the amount of arsenic in the food.

Aquatic moss in Stockholm University greenhouse – is this the answer to arsenic contamination? Scientists in Sweden have discovered a moss that purifies water contaminated with poisonous arsenic so successfully that it becomes safe to drink. Researchers at Stockholm University say the aquatic moss, warnstofia fluitans, which flourishes in northern Sweden, can rapidly absorb arsenic, removing as much as 82 per cent of the toxins within one hour in some tests. Due to mining operations in this part of Sweden, wetlands and water sources used for drinking and for growing crops are often contaminated with arsenic. The research team […]

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