Borneo trees may be mined for minerals

Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, is home to trees that contain some of the world’s highest concentrations of nickel.

Antony van der Ent, from UQ’s Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, has led research that has identified dozens of new plant species in this World Heritage site, including those that contain high concentrations of nickel.

These trees contain up to 3% nickel, presenting potential to develop large nickel “farms” in tropical regions. Nickel resources are limited by the availability of mineable deposits and the costs and complexities of recovery.

Read more at The University of Queensland