Agromining: farming for metals in the future?

van der Ent, Antony, Baker, Alan J. M., Reeves, Roger D., Chaney, Rufus L., Anderson, Christopher W. N., Meech, John A., Erskine, Peter D., Simonnot, Marie-Odile, Vaughan, James, Morel, Jean Louis, Echevarria, Guillaume, Fogliani, Bruno, Rongliang, Qiu and Mulligan, David R. (2015) Agromining: farming for metals in the future?. Environmental Science and Technology, 49 8: 4773-4780. doi:10.1021/es506031u

Author van der Ent, Antony
Baker, Alan J. M.
Reeves, Roger D.
Chaney, Rufus L.
Anderson, Christopher W. N.
Meech, John A.
Erskine, Peter D.
Simonnot, Marie-Odile
Vaughan, James
Morel, Jean Louis
Echevarria, Guillaume
Fogliani, Bruno
Rongliang, Qiu
Mulligan, David R.
Title Agromining: farming for metals in the future?
Journal name Environmental Science and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-936X
Publication date 2015-04-21
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/es506031u
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 8
Start page 4773
End page 4780
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Chemical Society
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Phytomining technology employs hyperaccumulator plants to take up metal in harvestable plant biomass. Harvesting, drying and incineration of the biomass generates a high-grade bio-ore. We propose that ‘agromining’ (a variant of phytomining) could provide local communities with an alternative type of agriculture on degraded lands, farming not for food crops, but for metals such as nickel (Ni). However, two decades after its inception and numerous successful experiments, commercial phytomining has not yet become a reality. To build the case for the minerals industry, a large-scale demonstration is needed to identify operational risks and provide ‘real-life’ evidence for profitability.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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