UNBC Researchers Discover Solution For Contaminated Water

By Kendall Robertson
March 1, 2018 - 11:52am Updated: March 2, 2018 - 5:47pm

PRINCE GEORGE- A pair of researchers at UNBC have been studying the impact of a "miracle tree" on water quality over the past two years. Dr. Chris Opio and Chandehl Morgan put Moringa tree roots to the test on E. coli contaminated water because of it's anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial uses in traditional medicine. Opio and Morgan grew Moringa trees and the roots were dried and powdered. They determined the roots are high in five macronutrients: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. The powder was then added to water contaminated with E. coli and found it was able to kill up to 87% of the bacteria.


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