Growing Gold

As you have probably heard a million times from your parents growing up, money doesn’t grow on trees, but it may now be found in the roots and leaves of corn, canola or mustard plants according to a short piece on Business 2.0.

…Anderson spent eight years refining a chemical process that causes plants to hyperaccumulate gold particles from soil. When canola, corn, or mustard is planted on old mining land with high concentrations of gold particles, the crops soak up gold and store it in their roots and leaves.

In 2003 trials at former mines in Brazil, Anderson’s crops not only harvested gold but also accumulated mercury, the toxic metal long used by miners to extract gold.


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2 Responses to Growing Gold

  1. Jake says:

    Great idea but what then happens to the Mercury when the plants are burned?

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