Soil Chemistry—Toxins in Rice Plants

May 23, 2011

Stanford post-doctoral researcher Angelia Seyfferth uses X-ray beams from the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, SSRL, to study soil chemistry and the accumulation of the environmental toxin arsenic in the roots of rice plants. Understanding how arsenic makes its way into a rice plant could have a tremendous effect on public health, especially in areas of the world where rice is grown and arsenic is plentiful, such as in south and southeast Asia. Details of the work can be found here.

Photo: Brad Plummer.