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Vetiver grass in remediation of contaminated soil

(02:24:36 PM, 11/08/2017)

On August 8, US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius announced that a research project on using Vetiver grass for dioxin-contaminated soil recovery at Bien Hoa Airport, Dong Nai has received funding from United State. The research project is led by Dr. Ngo Thi Thuy Huong from Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources. The grant is funded by the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program.

US Ambassador Ted Osius said that dioxin treatment is especially important for both Vietnam and the United States. He believes that the best scientists from both countries will coordinate to implement the project.

At the workshop, Dr. Ngo Thi Thuy Huong said that, research project on the vertiver grass’s ability to reduce toxic chemical / dioxin pollution has been applied in Bien Hoa airport in the last 2 years from 2014 to 2016. Early results show that vetiver grass can absorb high levels of toxic chemicals through its roots, so that it can reduce soil pollution. It might be a prospect of addressing dioxin contamination in Vietnam.

With the support of PEER, the project leaders said that she and her team will continue to further study in the next three years. During this time, it is expected that US scientists may also be involved in the project and some research analyses can be made in US laboratories.