Scientists discover metal-eating plantin Philippines

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    Scientists discover metal-eating plant in Philippines : SCIENCE : Tech Times
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    A metal-eating plant has been
    discovered on an island in the
    Philippines. While most plants and
    other life forms are poisoned by high
    levels of nickel, this bizarre plant
    thrives on the metal.
    This bizarre life form was found by
    researchers from the University of the
    Phillipines.
    Nickel is a source of sustenance for
    these plants, which can accumulate
    concentrations of the metal up to
    18,000 parts per million (ppm) in their
    leaves, without experiencing any toxic
    side effects. This is 1,000 times more
    than most other plants can safely
    store. This unusual ability, found in
    fewer than one percent of plant
    species, is called nickel
    hyperaccumulation.
    Rinorea niccolifera is one of only about
    450 species of plant known to use
    metals as part of their normal lifestyle.
    Another plant known to exhibit this
    behavior are Thlapsi, a genus of herb
    that is common in China, and
    throughout southern and eastern
    areas of Europe. This species
    consumes calcium and zinc in addition
    to nickel. Gomphrena claussenii was
    discovered in 2013, by researchers
    from the Netherlands and Brazil. This
    species, native to areas around Minas
    Gerais, Brazil, can consume large
    quantities of zinc. Many of the plants
    are living happily near highly-
    contaminated mines in the region.
     
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    Found this on the internet.The metal eating plant.

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