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Hyperaccumulators like Thlaspi possess genes that regulate the amount of metals taken up from the soil by roots and deposited at other locations within the plant..

Leaves of Thlaspi caerulescens can accumulate levels of zinc and cadmium many times higher than leaves of most other plants.

Photo by Scott Bauer.



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Last Modified: 5/23/2006