accumulator plant

accumulator plant

[ə′kyü·myə‚lād·ər ‚plant]
(botany)
A plant or tree that grows in a metal-bearing soil and accumulates an abnormal content of the metal.
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spicata has high antioxidant capacity and potential to be used as an accumulator plant for halophytic areas in the future.
An accumulator plant does not inhibit metal to enter the roots but develop specific mechanisms for heavy metal detoxification in cells that allow bioaccumulation of metals in high concentrations [28].
In addition to an air-independent power plant, the submarine is equipped with a regular diesel generator and a set of accumulator plants. While surfaced it is propelled by the diesel-electric power plant, and by the accumulators and the air-independent power plant while submerged.
Accumulator plants are usually indigenous to a particular type of soil or parent rock and may prove to be valuable geobotanical indicators of mineral deposits (Baker and Brooks 1989).