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New species of metal-munching plant found in Philippines
RT.com ^ | 12 May 2014

Posted on 05/12/2014 6:06:42 PM PDT by mandaladon

Scientists in the Philippines have discovered a plant that can absorb large amounts of metal without itself being poisoned, a species called the Rinorea niccolifera, that can be used to clean up polluted soils and harvest commercially viable metals.

The plant is one of only 450 species, known as hyperaccumulator plants, of 300,000 known vascular plants that can absorb significant amounts of metal though their roots.

The lead researcher and author of a new study on the plant, Professor Edwino Fernando, from the University of the Philippines, said the leaves of the Rinorea niccolifera can absorb up to 18,000 parts per million of nickel, 1,000 times more than can be safely absorbed by any other known plant.

Fernando along with Dr. Marilyn Quimado and their team laid out the details of their discovery in the open access journal PhytoKeys.

“The new species was discovered on the western part of Luzon Island in the Philippines, an area known for soils rich in heavy metals,” the researchers said in a press release announcing their discovery.

As well as being an exciting new scientific discovery, the plant also has important environmental credentials. Rinorea niccolifera can remove large amounts of dangerous metallic metals from polluted ecosystems, and subsequently it is likely to find supporters in the mining industry. Not only can the plants absorb large amounts of nickel, they can also then be harvested for the metal they have absorbed.

"Hyperaccumulator plants have great potentials for the development of green technologies, for example, 'phytoremediation' and 'phytomining',” Augustine Doronila, of the University of Melbourne, who co-authored the study, said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: environment; metaleatingplants; metals; plant; science
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1 posted on 05/12/2014 6:06:42 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

If it also does well with radiation, Japan could probably use it.


2 posted on 05/12/2014 6:08:15 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: mandaladon

Wish they could make it grow 1911’s


3 posted on 05/12/2014 6:08:20 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: AlexW

Ping!


4 posted on 05/12/2014 6:08:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: al baby

World’s First 3D Printed Metal Gun (printed 1911 .45acp)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3089227/posts


5 posted on 05/12/2014 6:09:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow I like A buddy of mine way back in the 80’s worked at Bren of Bren 10 fame Miami vice gun We would go to the police range to test fire weapons and such it was fun kinda a crappy gun all in all unless the guy that did the fitting and assembly was right on I did a couple of them very intense work


6 posted on 05/12/2014 6:13:58 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: Jonty30
If it also does well with radiation, Japan could probably use it.

Certain fungus can concentrate radioactive elements by 10,000x. There is fungus growing in the destroyed reactor in Chernobyl.

7 posted on 05/12/2014 6:15:21 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

8 posted on 05/12/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: Jonty30


9 posted on 05/12/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: mandaladon

Phyt On!!!


10 posted on 05/12/2014 6:17:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: mandaladon
Sure...they're cute when they're little...

11 posted on 05/12/2014 6:20:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Jonty30

What is the down side? There always is. Kudzu, for instance.


12 posted on 05/12/2014 6:22:08 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Parmy

My thoughts exactly! When we as humans start playing “g*d”..it ain’t pretty!


13 posted on 05/12/2014 6:27:58 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: mandaladon

BUT the environazis will never admit nature has a way of dealing with what we mere humans do to it. For example... Where did all that oil go from the blowout a couple years ago??? Don’t hear a peep about that. What about the radiation at Fukushima being near natural back ground levels. How about Nagasaki and Hiroshima being vibrant crowded cities???

It appears nature can take anything we throw at it except of course breathing CO2 which will certainly destroy all life on the planet.


14 posted on 05/12/2014 6:36:53 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: BenLurkin

TRIFFIDS!


15 posted on 05/12/2014 6:37:09 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: mandaladon
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16 posted on 05/12/2014 6:41:17 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: mandaladon

OK, so it absorbs nickel. Now what? Do nickels grow on it? :-)


17 posted on 05/12/2014 6:52:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: DannyTN

phyt on, fight on groan!


18 posted on 05/12/2014 6:53:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: tumblindice

FEED me Seymore!!!


19 posted on 05/12/2014 6:59:28 PM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Parmy

I think that I’ve read somewhere that certain plants and weeds have served as markers for potential deposits of valuable minerals in the West for many years by those who know how to “read” them.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 7:03:50 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Vince Ferrer

“Certain fungus can concentrate radioactive elements by 10,000x. There is fungus growing in the destroyed reactor in Chernobyl.”

This is “good”, and bad. I understand that wild boars in (particularly Eastern) Germany are quite radioactive because they like to eat mushrooms, which unfortunately concentrate the long-lived fallout of Chernobyl. The German government pays a bounty for wild boars; they expect to have to do this for several decades.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 7:07:48 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie
This is “good”, and bad. I understand that wild boars in (particularly Eastern) Germany are quite radioactive because they like to eat mushrooms, which unfortunately concentrate the long-lived fallout of Chernobyl. The German government pays a bounty for wild boars; they expect to have to do this for several decades.

If you can collect the boars and then process them to secure the radioactive elements, then I'd consider it a "good." It may bee an effective way to bioremediate the area.

22 posted on 05/12/2014 7:16:06 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: BenLurkin; All
triffids...or killer plants, from "US Navy vs The Night Creatures"

23 posted on 05/12/2014 7:26:47 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: The Antiyuppie

I have read somewhere that buckwheat is partial to silver deposits


24 posted on 05/13/2014 12:47:00 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: al baby

Wish they could make it grow .22LR ammo!


25 posted on 05/13/2014 7:04:30 AM PDT by Patriot365
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To: mandaladon

“Feed me, Seymour”.


26 posted on 05/13/2014 7:06:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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