Friday, October 21, 2011

Agent Orange Vietnam: Texas A&M System researchers sought for Agent Orange remediation

The primary aim of the initial project is to identify bioremediation solutions for approximately 7 million acres of forest and about 1.2 million acres of agricultural land that were destroyed by Agent Orange and similar agents during the war, as well as overuse of the land, Senseman said.

Kluver said Dr. Duong Van Hop, director of the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology in Hanoi, contacted Texas A&M because of the university’s expertise in agriculture, and particularly with issues related to dioxin contamination.

Potential research activities that have been outlined include: microbial genetics, microbial activity and community shifts, surface water monitoring, water filtration, ecophysiology, crop rotations, residue analysis of biomass and fertility programs.

The consortium envisions a multi-year project involving multiple steps, including:

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