Consider the following statements about Phytomining:

  1. It is a way to mine plants for chemicals that can be used for manufacturing and industrial purposes
  2. This method has been used worldwide in recent years primarily to harvest germanium

  Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

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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