Gallery: Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil


Cleaning up disused industrial sites can be a hazardous line of work, however researchers in South America have found an ally in one of the most unlikely creatures on the planet: the earthworm. According to the last issue of International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, researchers believe that earthworms may be able to process “hazardous material containing high concentrations of heavy metal for the bioremediation of old industrial sites, landfill and other potentially hazardous areas.”

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1 Comment

  1. IggyDalrymple December 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    How do the earth worms dispose of the toxic metals, etc?
    Do they deposit them in recycling bins?

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