Scientists engaged in agricultural fields can feel happy with the discovery of a plant which eats nickel. The new species is called Rinorea niccolifera and it can absorb nickel in very high amounts.
This discovery is done by a team of research
scientists in a place called Luzon Island located in Philippines, an
area known for soils rich in heavy metals.
According to a spokesperson of this Research team,
'Hyperaccumulator' plants have great potentials for the development
of green technologies, for example 'phytoremediation' and
'phytomining.' Phytoremediation refers to the use of hyperaccumulator
plants to remove heavy metals in contaminated soils.
Phytomining, on the other hand, is the use of
hyperaccumulator plants to grow and harvest in order to recover
commercially valuable metals in plant shoots from metal rich sites.
Hoping Indian agricultural based scientists are able
to reap benefits out of the above for converting those pockets of
land for the better which are contaminated with metals like nickel,