Australian researchers have discovered that a fungus can adsorb gold particles, a feature that can be used to find new gold mines.
Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia have discovered that a fungus called Fusarium oxysporum can adsorb tiny gold particles. For fungi, this behavior may bring biological benefits to them because researchers have found that fungi that adsorb gold particles grow larger and spread faster.
Dr. Hu Qing, the first author of the paper and the Federal Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, said: “These fungi can oxidize tiny gold particles and deposit them on their hyphae, but gold is so chemically inert that it is so This phenomenon is both rare and surprising.”
According to reports, the fungus is commonly found in soils around the world. Researchers found that they adsorb gold particles in the soil of the Bodington area in Western Australia, and there is currently the largest gold mine in Australia.
Compared with traditional drilling prospecting methods, the use of fungal prospecting methods has less impact on the environment and lower costs. However, the researchers cautioned that it is difficult for ordinary people to use this fungus to find gold mines because of some difficulty in operation. For example, gold particles adsorbed by fungi can only be seen under a microscope.