Acidophiles in bioreactor mineral processing

  title={Acidophiles in bioreactor mineral processing},
  author={P. Norris and N. Burton and N. A. M. Foulis},
  • P. Norris, N. Burton, N. A. M. Foulis
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Extremophiles
  • Abstract Mineral processing in bioreactors has become established in several countries during the past decade with industrial application of iron- and sulfur-oxidizing bacteria to release occluded gold from mineral sulfides. Cobalt extraction in bioreactors has also been commercialized, and development of high-temperature biooxidation of copper sulfides has reached pilot-plant scale. A variety of potentially useful mineral sulfide-oxidizing thermophiles have been recognized, but the most active… CONTINUE READING

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