The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) has long promoted sustainable approaches to address environmental health problems. Many such projects are on bioremediation – using bacteria, algae, fungi, and plants – to remove or detoxify hazardous substances in the environment. SRP researchers are working to understand how organisms break down contaminants into less toxic products, and if the natural processes can be made more efficient.
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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Building on previous editions of the Science Digest that highlighted SRP grantee research related to bioremediation and the microbiome, combining materials science and engineering approaches with bioremediation, and designing strategies to clean up pollutants and promote resilience in the context of climate change, this feature focuses on how plants can be used to monitor exposures and promote health and wellbeing.
Health Science Administrator Heather Henry, Ph.D., co-hosted a workshop at the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors Research and Education Conference, held June 28 in St. Louis, Missouri. The workshop was titled Engineering for Public Health: A workshop on Convergent Research, Implementation Science, and Stakeholder Engagement to Benefit Environmental Health.
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By combining data across three different populations, SRP researchers were able to better characterize sources of arsenic exposure that should be included in risk assessments. The study was a collaboration among the University of California, Berkeley, University of New Mexico, and Columbia University SRP centers.
Quantitative BioSciences, Inc., has developed a customizable sensor to continuously monitor water for arsenic, mercury, and cadmium, among other contaminants. A Business Innovation Research Grant from the NIEHS Superfund Research Program supported early work on the device.