Determining the feasibility of phytomining in rural Australia




New and Emerging Plant Industries

Research Organisation

The University of Sydney

Objective Summary

1) To undertake a desktop feasibility study whose aim is to determine particular localities and mineral targets that could support an emerging phytomining industry in rural Australia. This includes assessment of appropriate indigenous species as metal hyperaccumulators (plants able to take up abnormal quantities of metals). 2) To investigate the economic and social feasibility of phytomining in Australia i.e. determine the sustainability of phytomining. 3) To ultimately develop a novel nontraditional sustainable rural industry.

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Project Start Date

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NEPI-RD&E to generate benefit across several plant industries