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By Shane Lasley
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Tapping nickel syrup from Borneo trees

Researchers discover trees that feed off metal-rich deposits Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – March 11, 2020


Last updated 7/2/2022 at 9:15am

Nickel sap hypoaccumulators agromining phytomining Malaysia Borneo

Antony van der Ent; Creative Commons 4.0

High concentrations of nickel colors the sap of this hyperaccumulating tree on Borneo neon green.

Could we mine the nickel we need for lithium-ion batteries, stainless steel and other applications in much the same way as we make pure maple syrup – from the sap of trees? Research at one nickel syrup agromining grove in Malaysia is demonstrating that this concept is not as far-fetched as it might sound.

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