Consider the following statements about Phytomining:
- It is a way to mine plants for chemicals that can be used for manufacturing and industrial purposes
- This method has been used worldwide in recent years primarily to harvest germanium
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
Both are correct statements
Phytomining is a way to mine plants for chemicals that can be used for manufacturing and industrial purposes. It is the production of a `crop' of a metal by growing high-biomass plants that accumulate high metal concentrations. Phytomining is possible for a range of metals. In recent years Phytomining has been used primarily to harvest germanium, an important metalloid component used in computers, smart phones and fiber-optic cables.
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