JW Hurter (PhD Candidate)

JW holds a BSc in chemistry and minored in soil science, geology, medicinal plant science and science education. Because of his interest in analytical chemistry, he broadened his knowledge’s horizon by delving into the discipline of phytochemistry, in which he holds a masters degree.

It has been determined that increased silicon uptake in plants are directly proportional to the drought tolerance of plants. This study aims to determine if the drought tolerance of grasses is promoted due to the increased uptake of silicon from soil ameliorated by siliceous fly ash. It also aims to determine if specific grass species are a viable to employ as hyperaccumulator in order to extract micro nutrients and constituents of potential concern from fly ash, through aeroponic growth – a process known as phytomining.