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Prof. Alan Baker, our long-standing Associate, has been honoured for his life-time's commitment to the field of metal hyperaccumulating plants.  A new species of nickel hyperaccumulator discovered in Sabah (Malaysia) has been given the scientific name Actephila alanbakeri.  The shrub (Phyllanthaceae), which was found to have up to 1.47% nickel in its leaves , is one of the strongest known nickel hyperaccumulators in Southeast Asia. Actephila alanbakeri is however rare and is classified as Endangered under IUCN Red List Criteria.

Find out more here http://as-botanicalstudies.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40529-016-0122-1

Metal hyperaccumulating plants are of increasing importance in identifying potentially metal-rich substrates but also in directly scavenging commercially significant levels of metal from soils and spoils (phytomining). Get in touch if you would like to know more.