Meet South African Geologist, Tshiamo Legoale

Tshiamo Legoale was named FameLab International Champion at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK in 2017, and she’s a woman to watch.

Legoale, a geologist and researcher at metallurgical R&D organisation Mintek, helps local communities legally mine the dumps that dot our landscape, and her winning research uses wheat as a gold hyper-accumulator. If you have no idea what that means, here’s an explanation:

…wheat plants are used to harvest gold from mine dumps. In layman’s terms, the wheat is planted in the dumps, where enzymes found in the roots react with the gold and the plant absorbs it… – from The Daily Maverick

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Full article available on the OkayAfrica website. Header photo from YouTube Video.

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