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Microorganisms Found to Clean Soil, Water

March 01, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Researchers at UC Riverside have isolated microorganisms that degrade the widely used pesticide endosulfan. The microorganisms could be used to clean up contaminated soil and water, microbiologist William Frankenberger and his colleagues report in the current issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality. Endosulfan can affect the central nervous system and other organs, and causes birth defects and mutations.

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