Plant Nickel Metabolism

  • Robert P. Hausinger
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 12)


Interactions between nickel ions and plants are diverse and agriculturally significant (Mishra and Kar, 1974). At low metal ion concentrations, nickel is an essential nutrient for many plants and enhances several physiological functions. In contrast, excess levels of nickel can lead to growth inhibition, necrosis, or even plant death. Some plants classified as hyperaccumulators, however, can tolerate and may even prefer elevated levels of nickel (i.e., over 1000 µg of nickel per gram dry weight of tissue).


Nickel Complex Nickel Concentration Jack Bean Urease Xylem Exudate Xylem Fluid 
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  • Robert P. Hausinger
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  1. 1.Departments of Microbiology and BiochemistryMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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