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Taxonomic survey of nickel accumulating plants in a mining site of Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines

Marixel C. Evardone, Esperanza Maribel G. Agoo

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Int. J. Biosci.16(1), 83-92, January 2020

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/16.1.83-92


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A taxonomic survey of the nickel accumulating plants found in Manicani Island, Eastern Samar, Philippines is conducted to assess the phytoremediation potentials of indigenous vascular plant species found in the area.  Dimethyglyoxime (DMG) kit field test was conducted to screen the encountered vascular plant species on site for nickel content in their aboveground tissues. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry (AAS) was done both on the soil and leaves of the collected plants to determine their respective nickel contents.  Vitex parviflora A.Juss. together with other fourteen species from thirteen genera and twelve families were classified as hemi-accumulators (nickel content between 100-999 μg/g in dry matter). Fourteen species were classified as nickel non-accumulators, ten species still need further identification measures to confirm its species identity and Ficus pseudopalma which is endemic to the Philippines is found in the island.  A careful morphological examination combined with molecular identification protocols are recommended to know the identities of the unknown plant species.


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Taxonomic survey of nickel accumulating plants in a mining site of Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines

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