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Darius4Life
Sep 3, 2018 9:29 AM CST
For science research, I am planning to grow black nightshade, because they have been shown to be useable for phytoremediation. I am planning to add endophytes to the black nightshade plant to see if the amount of phytoremediation that occurs in the plant increases due to the increased number of endophytes.

What I wanted to know is:
Steps to growing black nightshade
how long it takes to grow

And in addition if anyone knows:
What type of phytoremediation occurs in black nightshade

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sooby
Sep 3, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Welcome!

Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is a weed that was introduced to North America so it shouldn't be too difficult to grow.

You mentioned choosing black nightshade because it has been shown to be useable for phytoremediation so I'm not sure why you are also asking what type it is suitable for?

Google Scholar turns up a lot of literature on a search for the keywords phytoremediation solanum nigrum so that would be a good place to start. Here are the results:

https://scholar.google.ca/scho...

"Regular" Google also has some slightly different results:
https://www.google.com/search?...
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Darius4Life
Sep 3, 2018 9:48 AM CST
Thanks for the help, the reason I asked the type of phytoremediation is because there are around 6 different types of phytoremediation, and I am required to specify which type, and I have not yet been able to find it.
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sooby
Sep 3, 2018 10:12 AM CST
Well I would have said from looking at the six types listed here:

https://www.thebalance.com/six...

And then the Google Scholar and other Google results that I posted above (have you looked at them?), that it is phytoextraction. If you also do a search on phytoextraction solanum nigrum you will get number of papers listed:

https://www.google.com/search?...
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DaisyI
Sep 3, 2018 11:17 AM CST
But isn't finding that answer part of your research?
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Darius4Life
Sep 3, 2018 12:05 PM CST
Yes, but unfortunately, a lot of the information I need from primary papars are not freely available, and often cost around 30 dollars for only one paper. I'm just asking in case anyone happens to know, or if they for some reason have access to those papers.
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sooby
Sep 3, 2018 12:13 PM CST
Some papers are free, such as this one on your topic (from the Google results I gave above):

https://s3.amazonaws.com/acade...

But if you are doing academic research you should have access to the non-free papers through your institution library, even your local public library may be able to get them via inter-library loan.
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stone
Sep 3, 2018 4:16 PM CST
Pretty sure that the nightshade in my garden is native...
http://tropical.theferns.info/...

I grow it as an alternative host plant for the tomato hornworms...
As a desirable plant, maybe let's not call it a weed.

At my house, nightshade is perennial, and simply not pulling it is usually sufficient to keep it around.

If you don't have the plant in your yard now, collecting the berries (from a friend's garden), should give you all the plants that you desire.
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sooby
Sep 3, 2018 4:27 PM CST
The question is specifically about Solanum nigrum, black nightshade, which is used in research. It's not native:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik...

True a plant that is wanted is not a weed, my weed comment was in relation to ease of growing it, i.e. if it is generally considered a weed it is not likely to be especially difficult to grow.
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DaisyI
Sep 3, 2018 4:53 PM CST
Darius4Life said:Yes, but unfortunately, a lot of the information I need from primary papars are not freely available, and often cost around 30 dollars for only one paper. I'm just asking in case anyone happens to know, or if they for some reason have access to those papers.


Any of us knowing the answer would not help you because citing "National Gardening Association" would be like citing Wikipedia. Sooby has given you some good leads to find the answer though.

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Name: stone
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stone
Sep 3, 2018 5:35 PM CST
http://www.eattheweeds.com/ame...

Greene Dean weighs in.

So...if they are all solanum nigrum, and sometimes several different plants...

Might need a taxonomist to point out the specific variety desired.

Once you have a few berries...

I searched black nightshade phytoremediation and, all the papers seemed to mention the specific danger they were testing for... In the title!
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Leftwood
Sep 3, 2018 6:24 PM CST
Often those papers that require a fee to view can be found for free at jstor.org.
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