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Sunflowers can be used to clean up radioactive waste by pulling radioactive contaminants out of the soil.
Sunflowers used to clean up radiation.
Scientists have discovered that sunflowers can pull radioactive contaminants out of the soil. Researchers cleaning up the Fukushima site in Japan are putting the flowers to the test. The idea was tried back in the mid-1990s near the Chernobyl power plant meltdown. Soil scientist Michael Blaylock, who worked on that project, and who is vice president of systems development at Edenspace Systems Corp in the U.S., tells Living in Japan's Bruce Gellerman how this clean-up-by-plant works.