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A Cobalt-Accumulator Plant, Clethra barbinervis Sieb. et Zucc.


DURING an investigation to determine if variations in the heavy-metal content of vegetation and soil could be used in prospecting for chromite ore bodies in the Hinokami district, Tottori Prefecture, a tree, Clethra barbinervis Sieb. et Zucc., was unexpectedly found to be an accumulator of cobalt.

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YAMAGATA, N., MURAKAMI, Y. A Cobalt-Accumulator Plant, Clethra barbinervis Sieb. et Zucc.. Nature 181, 1808–1809 (1958).

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