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A plant is said to be a hyperaccumulator if it can concentrate the pollutants in a minimum percentage which varies according to the pollutant involved (for example: more than 1000 mg/kg of dry weight for nickelcoppercobaltchromium or lead; or more than 10,000 mg/kg for zinc or manganese).[10] This capacity for accumulation is due to hypertolerance, or phytotolerance: the result of adaptative evolution from the plants to hostile environments through many generations. A number of interactions may be affected by metal hyperaccumulation, including protection, interferences with neighbour plants of different species, mutualism (includingmycorrhizaepollen and seed dispersal), commensalism, and biofilm.


CdCadmiumT-Pistia stratiotesWater lettuceCu(T), Hg(H), Cr(H)Pantropical, Origin South U.S.A.; aquatic herb


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PicPost: Great Garden @ Great Dixter

Great Dixter, East Sussex was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is a historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

What do you thnk about attitudes to childrens’ play?


I wonder what my childhood would have been like had it been subjected to the curse of ‘over risk assessment’. I’ve been immersed in looking at ‘health, safety and security’ within play environments this week, because that’s where some of my learners are at in their studies at the moment. The problems of an ‘elfansafety’ culture (thanks for that sort of phraseology, Arthur!) can play themselves out in rather over-zealous risk assessment paperwork.

Whilst I do appreciate safety and children not breaking themselves, what the ‘powers that be’ seem to forget is the dynamic common sense ‘see-it-as-it-unfolds’ way of assessing if something is just too hazardous to take the risk over. What play environments’ policies seem to forget (or rather, what those who write these things seem to forget) is that children are more than capable of assessing for themselves if they can or will do something.

So, what…

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I started this blog this past September with a goal of sharing my everyday scenes and random thoughts.  I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in what I saw or had to say.  I have been extremely happy with the direction that this blog has taken.  I have loved meeting each and everyone of you and look forward to continuing to share my sights and sounds.

I thought now, since it’s too cold for any real good picture taking, that I’d reflect back on 2012 and share with you what I feel is the best of those three and a half months.

My favorite shots from September and October:

Ohio trees

From: Fall is near. on 9/19/2012

Mr. tree poses for camera.

From: Photo Scavenger Hunton 9/20/2012

Krohn Observatory

From: Essence of Eden on 9/21/2012

From: Cold Cox Arboretum kind of morning. on 9/24/2012

From: Ault Parkon 9/27/2012

Another view of a flower.

From: Up close: front yardon 9/30/2012

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