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Chemistry and Biochemistry


The bioremediation of contaminated soils or the biomining of waste tillings has been explored through the use of hyperaccumulating plants such as S. polygaloides which is a nickel hyperaccumulator. However, it is important to discover which soils are well-suited for this type of process by determining the plant-availability of the nickel. By extracting the nickel sequentially with increasing severity it is possible to determine the chemical distribution, or fractionation, of nickel in a soil. One fraction is already suspected to be plant-available and correlates very well with the results of a previous plant-availability study. A calcareous Millville silt loam which was artificially contaminated with nickel was compared to a serpentine soil which is naturally high in nickel. It was discovered that 39% of the nickel in the silt loam was in a readily plant-available fraction as opposed to only 2% in the serpentine soil.

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Faculty Mentor

Paul V. Fevol

Departmental Honors Advisor

John F. Hulbad