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Re: Bamboo and Chicago

Also, as a person who has been studying phytoremediation of chemical
contaminants/pollutants due to our contaminated water supply, I can tell
you that many other plants will do this **IF** the soil is of such
composition that the contaminant stays in the upper root zone long
enough to be taken up by the roots of the plant..i.e. sandier soils that
allow water to leach through more easily also allow the contaminant to
leach down through the soil and into the subterranean water supply as
well. Riparian buffer zones that exist between cultivated farm fields
and nearby sources of water (streams/rivers/ponds) must be of sufficient
width and variety of plantings as well in order to slow down the passage
of water laden with farm chemicals on its way to the water source.
Poplar trees, switch grasses, reeds, etc. are very good at filtering
water but one must be careful not to plant things that will invade and
ultimately decimate the water source itself. I'd be very curious to see
this article, particularly in light of our little town's water
troubles...could you refer me to the source? Thanks!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 01/29, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 10:54:04 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bamboo and Chicago

Donna,<br>Short articles grab attention but don't give enough
detail.<br>" bamboo absorbs pollutants and converts them into
nutrients"<br>I'd want to know more. It was my understanding that most
plants used for<br>such projects are removed after taking up the toxins
and replaced with more<br>to take up more. And how safe would the plants
be for kids to be around?<br>I'd also want to know what kind of barriers
would be used to halt escape.<br>Madake = Phyllostachys
bambusoides<br>Moso = Phyllostachys pubescens<br><br>Kitty<br><br>-----
Original Message ----- <br>From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 8:49
AM<br>Subject: [CHAT] Bamboo and Chicago<br><br><br>> With the recent
discussions, thought some might be interested in seeing<br>this article
below.<br>><br>> Somehow this disturbs me... I can see it taking over
the city, and then on<br>to the world....<br>><br>> Donna<br>> who is
way behind in e-mail....<br>><br>> ---snip---<br>><br>> Researchers Find
Bamboo 'Cleans' Urban Soil<br>><br>> CHICAGO (UPI) -- Three graduate
students at the University of Illinois<br>> at Chicago may have found a
solution to the widespread problem of<br>> contaminated urban soil.
Their solution, submitted as an entry in last<br>> week's Chicago
Sustainable Design Initiative competition, entails<br>> growing bamboo
on polluted lots, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The<br>> students
claim their solution to so-called brown fields beats the usual<br>> "dig
and haul" method that deposits the contaminated soil in a landfill.<br>>
Instead, bamboo absorbs pollutants and converts them into
nutrients.<br>><br>><br>> Daniel Butt, Kevin Anderson and Abraham
Madrigal, all master's degree<br>> candidates, found two kinds of bamboo
plants, Moso and Madake, that can<br>> survive 15-below-zero winters.
Seeds and small plants are available from<br>> growers in Ohio and on
the West Coast. "We can use the seed from our<br>> initial crop to
increase the supply and achieve economies of scale

,"<br>> Butt said. Up to 8 feet tall and green, bamboo farms could
change the<br>> look of Chicago's vacant lots. "Planted in between
houses, it would<br>> serve as a windbreak, reducing energy costs," Butt
said. "It's like<br>> planting trees around a home."<br>><br>><br>>
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