Dr. Richard Meagher at the University of Georgia has been developing plants to help remove pollutants from the soil for years. This website provides information on his phytoremediation research as well as explanations regarding this field.
Richard Meagher is an internationally recognized authority on plant molecular genetics, the plant cytoskeleton, and phytoremediation. He is presently a Distinguished Research Professor in the Genetics Department at the University of Georgia, where he has been teaching and performing research since 1976.
Dr. Meagher’s research received great international attention in 1996 with his publication of the first plants engineered to clean up the environment, in this case mercury pollution. Several more outstanding papers including three in Nature Biotechnology refined this phytoremediation research and helped to define the field of phytoremediation itself. [from Meagher Laboratory Biographical Sketch]
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