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sunflowers, community science, bioremediation, rhizofiltration, soil effects
Mining and the natural geology in the Navajo Nation has led to widespread pollution of uranium contaminating the livestock and drinking water of many Navajo. Uranium has been shown to have adverse health effects and be connected withhypertension, renal failure, and cancer.
Recent studies suggested that the common sunflower, helianthus annus, has the ability to remove uranium in a hydroponic (water only) environment. This led us to believe that sunflowers may be effective to remove uranium from the water in soil conditions in the Navajo Nation.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Webber, Zak and Abbott, Ben, "Sunflower Seedlings Fail to Remove Uranium in the Navajo Nation" (2020). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2020. 5.
Microbiology and Molecular Biology
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