Tampa, Florida -- A University of South Florida engineering professor and her team are studying the use of cactus flesh to clean up polluted water.
Professor Norma Alcantar and her team have been working with the National Science Foundation over the last few years to confirm that cacti can purify water.
The goal of the research, according to NSF's website, is to develop a water purification system for low-income residents of rural communities. It has been tried in rural communities in Temamatia in central Mexico and in Port-au-Prince Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
The cactus project was also implemented after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011 and showed the cactus mucilage was able to disperse crude oil efficiently at much lower concentrations than synthetic dispersants.
Watch the video below to learn more about cactus project.