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Matang-Katang: A Metal Eating Plants

DOST Balik Scientist Dr. Yob Doronila (School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne) found that “the matang-katang tree sucks up dissolved nickel from the soil, and stores it in little sacs in its leaves and stems up to 0.8%! To put this in context, that is half as much nickel as what is in your stainless steel spoons, forks, and knives.” We can mine the plant, while we clean the soil and food?! That is mind-blowing!On July 21, Dr. Doronila is hosting the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) online meeting on Ecology, Evolution, Fisheries and Marine Science. There will be 6 topics, and 1 of them is on metallophytes, which he will discuss. This is the same meeting where the Philippine cinnamon will also be presented by Dr. Jay Picardal. The FREE online conference is at 8-10:30am (Phil time), Tuesday, July 21, and for registration, please click https://bit.ly/metal-eating-plants. Salamat po.

Be sure to plant your own Philippine cinnamon at home, as part of your container gardening, or in the ground, at home or in the farm, as food and medicine. Message us for the seedlings! #conservation #livelihood #health #local

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