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Fulbright winner will improve rice by decontaminating soil

Posted by | June 2, 2015
Fulbright grant winner and Crops and Soil Sciences Ph.D. student Patrick Freeze goes to Thailand in August to reduce toxic cadmium contamination.
Fulbright grant winner and Crops and Soil Sciences Ph.D. student Patrick Freeze goes to Thailand in August to reduce toxic cadmium contamination.

Patrick Freeze, a doctoral student at WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, has earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study ways to improve rice by decontaminating soil.
Freeze will spend 10 months in Thailand to study reducing toxic cadmium contamination and plant uptake in rural rice paddy soils, with a goal to improve the quality of the grain as a safe food source as well as an export product.
Cadmium contamination is a “devastating problem,” says Freeze. The metallic chemical element is released into the environment during zinc mining and can impact kidney and bone health.
Learn more about Freeze’s work here.