Castor oil can reduce soil pollution

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According to a study conducted by Indian researchers, castor oil can prove useful in fighting a major problem of soil pollution.

  • Castor seed plant has been observed growing in areas where the soil is highly polluted, including in areas where mining is carried out.

  • Castor plants growing in these areas absorb toxic heavy metals such as lead from soil.

  • Hence, Castor bean plants can be grown in such polluted lands and over a period of time the levels of heavy metals can be reduced in the soil.

  • Castor plant has also been observed to accelerate the remediation of polluted soils due to presence of some chemicals in them known as chelators which enhances the capability of castor bean plant to accumulate heavy metals.

  • The latest study highlights how castor bean plants can prove a boon in remediation of areas in and around Hyderabad where soil is highly polluted with heavy metals due to industrial pollution.

About castor oil:

  • Castor oil also known as ‘Arandi ka tel’ in Hindi and ‘Amudham’ in Telugu has been an age-old home remedy for a variety of ailments in India.

  • Castor seed plant is known to be one of the most sturdiest plants.

Source:IE