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Cold-tolerant oilseed crops, camelina and field pennycress, were greenhouse-grown on compost-fertilized sands containing high levels of copper. The oilseed plants produced normal yield and reduced soil erosion by acting as a vegetative cap, also demonstrating their potential utilization as biofuel feedstock. Prior to implementing the sustainable restoration plan in field-scale in the Torch Lake Superfund site, a public opinion survey of the local community was conducted. Results showed that residents were overwhelmingly supportive of the sustainable restoration plan.