In consideration of climate change conditions and the need to conserve water and other ecosystem services, demand for affordable and robust phytotechnology solutions to reduce exposures will increase in the future. As such, practitioners of phytotechnologies are well positioned to use technology-driven plant science to effectively address the environmental exposure prevention needs faced globally.
Advances in phytotechnology research and application are featured in the article Phytotechnologies – Preventing Exposures, Improving Public Health in the International Journal of Phytoremediation (Volume 15, Issue 9). Various phytotechnologies are presented to illustrate how plants can help meet basic public health needs for access to clean water, air, and food. Because these plant-based technologies often have minimal cost and low infrastructure needs, communities can use them to minimize potential contaminant exposure and improve environmental quality.
Superfund Research Program (SRP) Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., collaborated with SRP Director William Suk, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Arizona SRP Director Raina Maier, Ph.D., University of Iowa SRP grantee Jerald Schnoor, Ph.D., former SRP grantees Lee Newman, Ph.D., and Joel Burken, Ph.D., and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency engineer Steve Rock to develop the paper.