LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Cilantro is a great topping on certain foods, but now it may be used to purify water.
A group of Ivy Tech students and their professor traveled to Mexico in April.
The group was looking at how to best use plants to remove heavy metals from water.
Chemical Technology Program Chair Douglas Schauer said they found cilantro worked best. Schauer said the cell walls in the Cilantro act like velcro and do all of the work.
"The idea is if we can take this, and put this into a glass of water that eventually the metal ions that are in that water will get stuck to this. So, when I take this back out again, I have cleaner water. Contaminated Cilantro, but cleaner water."
Schauer said they still have some more research to do, but hope to create some sort of Cilantro filter or tea bag to purify water.
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