'Nature has the answer': Yukon University student says unwelcome weeds could support mine remediation


The battle to manage the invasion of nuisance plants in the North is ongoing, but one Yukon University master’s student may have found a purpose for some pesky and resilient weeds. 

Taylor Belansky, with the university’s Northern Mine Remediation team, studies how to mitigate the environmental impacts of mining. Her thesis research aims to find a way to support the growth of bacteria that converts nitrate, often found at mine sites, into nitrogen. 

She says feeding that bacteria is one way to filter mine-impacted water. With the support of her research advisor, Guillaume Nielsen, Belansky tested carbon sources including wood chips, compost, grains from Yukon Brewing, molasses and invasive plants such as foxtail

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