Plant exudates (saps, fluids transpired through leaf pores, salts and particulates on leaf surfaces that have crystallized from the plant fluids) can contain metals translocated from underlying mineralization into the saps and plant material, potentially making them a simple and cost-effective sample medium. This project is aimed at using plant exudates as part of establishing a geochemical strategy to detect blind porphyry copper-gold mineralization.
Test sites for the project lie within Gold Fields Canada Exploration and Consolidated Woodjam Copper Corp.'s Woodjam property, northeast of Williams Lake. Results from the project will be presented at the Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in January 2013, and final results released in early 2013. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with a Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU, UBC) initiative focused on detecting a geochemical signal of mineralization covered by Chilcotin basalt lavas (GBC Project 2011-016).