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Australian scientists have discovered gold-coated fungi near Boddington in Western Australia.

The thread-like fungi attach gold to their strands by dissolving and precipitating particles from their surroundings, in a process that could offer clues for finding new gold deposits.

There may be a biological advantage in doing so too, as the gold-coated fungi were found to grow larger and spread faster than those that don't interact with gold and play a central role in a biodiverse soil community.

The discovery was made by Australia's national science agency, the CSIRO.

"Fungi can oxidise tiny particles of gold and precipitate it on their strands – this cycling process may contribute to how gold and other elements are distributed around the Earth's surface," CSIRO lead author Tsing Bohu said.

"Fungi are well-known for playing an essential role in the degradation and recycling of organic material, such as leaves and bark, as well as for the cycling of other metals, including aluminium, iron, manganese and calcium.

"But gold is so chemically inactive that this interaction is both unusual and surprising – it had to be seen to be believed."

Dr Bohu is undertaking further analysis and modelling to understand why the fungi is interacting with gold, and whether or not, it's an indication of a larger deposit below the surface.

While Fusarium oxsporum is commonly found in soils around the world and produce a pink mycelium or "flower" – it's not something prospectors should go foraging for, as the particles of gold can only be seen under a microscope.

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Fungi have been called nature’s natural internet because of the capacity for transferring nutrients between other fungi and plants. Recently it was discovered it can also transfer minerals. Maybe I don’t understand the significance of this discovery by the CSIRO because Boddington is one of Australia’s largest gold mines and is very near to a lot of farming land and it would seem reasonable to assume this has been happening for a very long time. Anyway, I look forward to hearing more.

For West Australians a really interesting tour began last year. You can now board a coach in Boddington have a tour of the mine, then continue on to the Perth Mint to see live gold pours. The tour is called “Mine to Mint.”

If this fungi can degradate and recycle of organic material, such as leaves and bark, as well as recycle  other metals, including aluminium, iron, manganese and calcium  ,,, I cannot help but wonder if it can  also degenerate and recycle plastic which is currently earth's curse.

 

there is already a way to dissolve plastic...CSIRO scientists have just signed contract with Timor Lese to build a plant there

 

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - In a region where seas are awash with trash, Timor-Leste is set to become the world's first country to recycle all its plastic waste after it teamed up with Australian researchers on Friday (May 17) to build a revolutionary recycling plant.

The US$40 million (S$55 million) plant will ensure that no plastic used in the South-east Asian nation would become waste, but would instead be turned into new products. "

rest can be read below

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/tiny-timor-leste-to-become-worlds-first-plastic-neutral-nation

 

Great to hear that these recycling plants are also planned for Australia.

"There's gold in them there fungi"

"easy way to find golf"...........marry a rich widow/widower!!

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