Researchers Develop Bioremediation for PFAS

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have developed a novel bioremediation technology for cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals.” The team uses a plant-derived material that adsorbs PFAS into its cell walls. When a microbial fungus consumes the plant, it also eats the chemical that was adsorbed, and destroys it. This is a sustainable treatment system with a powerful potential to remove harmful chemicals to protect human health and the ecosystem in a non-toxic, more cost-effective way, according to associate professor and research leader Susie Dai.