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  • November 30, 2015

Green soil decontamination in eastern Montréal

  • Botanical Garden
Photo: Michel Labrecque

Space for Life is delighted about the recent partnership between the City of Montréal and the Université de Montréal’s Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) to conduct a test phytoremediation operation on contaminated ground in the eastern part of the city.

Phytoremediation is a process in which plants and the microorganisms associated with them are used to decontaminate polluted soil. These green-technology approaches not only make it possible to treat soils in situ, avoiding having to move them, but also generate a number of benefits for the environment, for the landscape and for biodiversity.

To learn more about this partnership: City of Montréal press release from November 20, 2015

The Institut de recherche en biologie végétale in brief

Located on the grounds of the Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, the IRBV is the result of a partnership between the Université de Montréal and the City of Montréal (Montréal Space for Life). The IRBV is recognized as a center of excellence whose mission is research and teaching in plant biology. Building upon this rewarding relationship, the Biodiversity Centre also strives for the highest standards in research and education while raising public awareness about the major issues relating to biodiversity.

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