Fitomineração de níquel em Portugal: estado atual e perspetivas futuras

Translated title of the contribution: Nickel phytomining in Portugal: current status and future perspectives

Ana R.A. Alves*, Eduardo Ferreira da Silva, Luís A. B. Novo

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Phytomining consists in the use of hyperaccumulator plants for recovery of valuable metals. Due to the abundance of ultramafic areas and hyperaccumulators worldwide, nickel is the element that has the greatest potential for the development of phytomining. The implementation of a nickel phytomining system in Portugal constitutes a viable hypothesis due to the occurrence of ultramafic complexes in the country and the existence of an endemic hyperaccumulator species, Alyssum pintodasilvae. Phytomining-related studies in Portugal are scarce, however, they suggest that the Trás-os-Montes massifs exhibit potential for implementation of this plant-based technology, which can constitute a source of income for local communities.
Translated title of the contributionNickel phytomining in Portugal: current status and future perspectives
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalComunicacoes Geologicas
Issue numberSpecial Issue 2
Publication statusPrint publication - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Alyssum pintodasilvae
  • Hyperaccumulator
  • Nickel
  • Phytomining
  • Portugal


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