Creating Value through Innovation Biotechnology in Mining

Minerals and Mining Institute of Materials

This industrial reference page describes the role of microbes and biotechnology in mining. The page includes the following topics: what is bioleaching, why use bioleaching, bioleaching from an historical perspective, commercial bioleaching developments, the value of bioleaching, examples of technology leverage as a means of adding shareholder value in the corporation, and the future biotechnology development. The resource includes scientific illustrations and graphs.

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Subject: Biology, Ecology:Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Metabolism, Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Ecology, Ecology:Habitats, Habitats:Terrestrial, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Biosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:BiogeoscienceKeywords: Thiobacillus ferrooxidans, Extreme Thermophiles