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is a research unit in Soil & Water Science Department at the University of Florida. The program, under the leadership of  Dr. Lena Q. Ma, promotes teaching, research and outreach activities related to the biogeochemical processes of trace metals in soils, water, wastes, and plants.  The program focuses primarily on soil contamination and remediation, especially phytoremediation, and land application of wastes.

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Our research group has recently discovered the 1st known arsenic hyperaccumulator, commonly known as Chinese Brake fern (p. vittata).  The discovery was published in Nature in 2001, resulting in unprecedented publicity for our research program and generating much interest in phytoremediation of arsenic contaminated sites.

        IMAGES/bullet.gifDr. Ma won the Discovery 2001 Award;

        bullet.gifThe discovery was reported by New York Times;       

        bullet.gifDr. Ma was interviewed  by BBC-Radio4-Woman's Hour in 2001.


Contact Lena Ma, Professor,  Biogeochemistry of Trace Metals, Soil & Water Science Dept,
Institute of  Food & Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 0290 (e-mail)   352-392-9063 (phone)   352-392-3902 (fax) 


Last updated 11-14-2011


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