Metal plant plants can grow back faster than they were damaged by the chemical fallout, according to a new study.
Researchers found the plants had been protected by a “cooperative survival mechanism”, where the plant can produce more biomass as the chemical has been degraded.
They also found that the plant’s roots were resilient to the toxic effects of the fallout, suggesting that these plants may be able to recover from a similar environmental disaster.
Lead author Dr Michael Kwan, a chemical engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said: “The plant is protected by its roots, so that if it is damaged, the plant won’t die, but it will have to come back.”
If the plant is damaged by any other environmental disaster, the roots will die.
“The study involved planting 100,000 metal plant pot plants in the soil of the lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The plants were exposed to high concentrations of CO2, which causes the soil to release CO2 as it warms, and CO2 levels fell in the plants as they grew.
But the plants grew faster than the CO2-free control group, which had no plants in its environment.
When exposed to the CO3-free plant, the plants showed signs of “resistance”, but were still slow growing and did not respond to chemical treatments.”
It is a little surprising that these plant roots have the ability to withstand these stresses, but they are really important for these plant to grow and be resilient,” said Professor Michael Schuur, lead author of the study.”
These plant roots can absorb CO2 from the air and grow even when CO2 is present in the air.
“The researchers are now investigating whether the plants’ roots also protect the plant against the toxic consequences of CO3.”
The root systems are really quite critical for these plants to survive,” Dr Kwan said.”
They’re very important for the plant to survive because they can carry CO2 and oxygen, so these plants are really vulnerable to the toxicity of CO 3.
“The research is published in the journal Nature Communications.