It is difficult to clean up environmental contaminants and nearly impossible to remove all chemicals that may be harmful to human health. Thus, some Superfund Research Program (SRP) researchers are looking at ways to reduce the negative health impacts of chemical exposures through the foods we eat.
Welcome to the Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) Science Digest!
Below you'll find a compilation of SRP research, which provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. For more information about the program, visit the SRP website.
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SRP scientists and engineers are using a variety of methods to explore the role of nutrition in protecting against chemical toxicity and associated diseases. Their work is providing unique insights regarding interventions that reduce the burden of disease associated with exposure to hazardous substances and improve human health.
The SRP Annual Meeting brought together SRP researchers, trainees, administrators, and partners to share findings and discuss research translation, community engagement, and training. The meeting highlighted innovative SRP research promoting environmental health, particularly by early-stage investigators and trainees. Collaborations across disciplines within SRP centers, across SRP centers, and with external partners also was highlighted throughout the program.
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Organophosphate flame retardant (OPFR) exposure early in life may be linked to behavioral impacts into adulthood, according to a new study in zebrafish. The results provide evidence that OPFRs, which have been introduced in commercial products in the past decade, may not be a safe alternative to brominated flame retardants, which were phased out because they were found to be harmful to normal development.
SRP small business grantees at Edenspace Systems Corporation developed a method using endophytes, symbiotic microbes that live within plants, to boost poplar trees' speed and effectiveness at capturing and removing trichloroethylene (TCE) from groundwater and then degrading it.