Date of Award
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Michael Shin
Dr. Richard Schaeffer
Many heavy metals, including nickel, are vitally important to plant species at very low concentrations in the environment, but become quite toxic when present in higher concentrations (Kovalchuk et al. 2001). Nickel is vital in small amounts to plants because it is used in some enzymatic reactions as a co-factor (Mizuno et al. 2005). Most notably, nickel is a necessary component of ureases in higher plants and therefore necessary for nitrogen metabolism (Brown et al. 1990).
Fickett, Gabriel Mark, "Environmental Nickel and Arabidopsis thaliana: Accumulation, Localization, and the Effect of Propagation on a Nickel-Free Medium" (2009). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 95.