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Common Weed Revealed to Diminish Water Pollution

Francisco Delgado Vargas, from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS), researches the use of the plant Typha domingensis in reducing bacterial contamination of water for agricultural use. This plant helps to reduce, up to 98 percent, pollution by enterobacteria (usually found in the intestines of mammals) involved in the development of disease.

The plant is presented in places where water flows and withstands high pollution concentrations. “The roots of Typha domingensis are always flooded, absorbing nutrients from the soil and releasing compounds that help reduce the impact of pathogens,” says the researcher.

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