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Eucalyptus trees 'contain small amounts of gold'

Money might not grow on trees, but scientists have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some plants.

Researchers from Australia say the presence of the particles in a eucalyptus tree's foliage indicates that deposits are buried many metres below.

Dr Mel Lintern, from Austrailia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, told the Today programme: "The trees themselves contain extremely small amounts of gold. We're not advocating mining the trees for gold."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Wednesday 23 October.

  • 23 Oct 2013