An amazing fungus that collects small particles of gold is discovered in Western Australia
- Scientists discovered the fungi in Boddington, Western Australia
- The fungus was observed to solidify gold and collect it on the surface
- Scientists believe that the discovery can play a major role in gold mining
Scientists are astonished after discovering a fungus that contains a chemical that can dissolve gold and collect on the surface.
The downy pink fungi were found to contain gold in the form of small nanoparticles when it was examined in the soil at Boddington, 130 km southeast of Perth.
The discovery was highly appreciated by scientists and many believe it could play an important role in gold mining, ABC news reported.
Fungi have been discovered by scientists to collect gold particles on the surface (photo)
Geomicrobiologists from the CSIRO used laboratory experiments and imaging to investigate what the soil was doing in Boddington, a place known for gold mining.
Dr. Tsing Bohu and his colleagues discovered that a certain type of fungus produced a chemical called superoxide that can dissolve gold.
The fungus can mix the dissolved gold with another chemical to attach it and collect it on its surface.
Dr. Bohu said the fungus is an indicator of where gold is in the ground, and hopes the discovery will be able to help gold diggers shrink where they dig.
The fungus was discovered in Boddington, Western Australia (pictured is the Boddington gold mine)
Gold is produced at extremely high temperatures, hundreds of kilometers underground.
The CSIRO biologists have noted that the way this fungus produces gold brings it much closer to the surface.
Scientists are enthusiastic about the discovery of the fungi and believe that this can be a huge advantage for gold diggers.
& # 39; This could be a greener approach to gold mining & # 39 ;, Saskia Bindschedler, a microbiologist from the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, told ABC.
The fungi are unfortunately too small for the human eye and scientists have yet to develop a detection test for the phenomenon of gold growth.
Many scientists believe the fungi will be useful in helping gold diggers dig (file image)
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