Cactus "flesh" cleans up toxic water

Cactus

From the National Science Foundation - A University of South Florida team are using the "flesh" from Prickly Pear cacti, called mucilage, to clean up oil and other toxins from water. The objectives of this research are to develop a water purification system based on an economically feasible method for low-income inhabitants of rural communities that are sensitive to existing economic, social and cultural patterns.

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