Gold-coated fungi are the new gold diggers
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, CSIRO, and published in the journal Nature Communications. (More)