Metabolism of cyanide by Chinese vegetation.

  title={Metabolism of cyanide by Chinese vegetation.},
  author={Xiao-Zhang Yu and S Trapp and Puhua Zhou and Chang Wang and Xishi Zhou},
  volume={56 2},
Cyanide is a high-volume production chemical and the most commonly used leaching reagent for gold and silver extraction. Its environmental behavior and fate is of significant concern because it is a highly toxic compound. Vascular plants possess an enzyme system that detoxifies cyanide by converting it to the amino acid asparagine. This paper presents an investigation of the potential of Chinese vegetation to degrade cyanide. Detached leaves (1.5 g fresh weight) from 28 species of 23 families… CONTINUE READING
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