Juvenile James flamingos feeding at a salt lake

Chemical tolerant

Chemical tolerant describes organisms which can tolerate high concentrations of substances which would be toxic or corrosive to other life. For instance plants that can live in the acidic and low oxygen conditions of peat bogs, flamingos that can tolerate the alkaline waters of soda lakes and brine flies which can live and breed on salt flats.

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BBC News about Chemical tolerant

  • Seawater holds key to future food Growing crops in salt water is becoming necessary to overcome shortages of fresh water, say researchers writing in the journal Science.