The Trouble With Rice

On April 22, 2014 by Grad Forum

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Dartmouth’s Mary Lou Guerinot and other scientists are beginning to see rice, one of the world’s food staples, as one of the “greatest scavengers” of metallic compounds, reports Deborah Blum of The New York Times.

“If the fields are flooded in the traditional paddy method, she has found, the rice handily takes up arsenic. But if the water is reduced in an effort to limit arsenic, the plant instead absorbs cadmium—also a dangerous element,” writes Blum.

To read more, go to Dartmouth Now or check out the full article in the New York Times.

 

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