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Effect of temperature and inoculation strategy on Cu recovery and microbial activity in column bioleaching


Watling, HR and Johnson, JJ and Shiers, DW and Gibson, JAE and Nichols, PD and Franzmann, PD and Plumb, JJ, Effect of temperature and inoculation strategy on Cu recovery and microbial activity in column bioleaching, Hydrometallurgy: International Journal Devoted to All Aspects of The Aqueous Processing of Metals, 164 pp. 189-201. ISSN 0304-386X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.hydromet.2016.05.017


The effect of increasing temperature from 30 to 60 °C on iron (II)-oxidation activity and microbial population development in columns was investigated. With respect to ‘mode of inoculation’, pre-inoculation of the ore with a mixed culture resulted in a shorter lag time during which the microorganisms established themselves on the ore. Inoculation with the bacteria was successful using current techniques but inoculation with hyper-thermophiles appears to require special enrichment and acclimatisation strategies to maximise success. Staged inoculation of bacteria at their preferred temperatures did not confer additional advantage. Inoculation during acid agglomeration was impacted by exposure to initially high acidity. With respect to population development, the combined tracking methods (signature lipids and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE)) provided valuable insights into the thermal tolerance of some microbial strains in a column environment and also detected new strains.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bioleaching, biooxidation, microbial population, thermal stress
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Gibson, JAE (Dr John Gibson)
UTAS Author:Nichols, PD (Dr Peter Nichols)
ID Code:118324
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2017-07-10
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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