16 Oct '15, 6pm

Trees thriving on contaminated land could help clean up humanity’s mess

Trees thriving on contaminated land could help clean up humanity’s mess

Furthermore, the study has allowed biologists to explore the concept of a “metaorganism,” or the consideration of all interacting organisms as a single entity. Nicolas Brereton, Ph.D., explains, “By engaging with all diversity of life present, for example, on a single leaf, we can see that these trees can flourish in these challenging environments using natural mechanisms for dealing with chemical stress and that these mechanisms can also help them to defend against herbivorous insects, that the act of tolerance can give them a second, unique advantage.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/trees-thriving-on-contaminated-land-...

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