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Biomining is the biotechnology that uses microorganisms to recover metals, in particular copper and gold, from ores and concentrates. Having developed from a very simple operational (in terms of both engineering and biology) process, biomining has developed into a multifaceted technology, to the extent that many of the largest industrial stirred tanks and heaps throughout the world are employed for bioprocessing minerals.

This book has a strong applied approach and describes emerging and established industrial processes, as well as the underlying theory of the process, and the biology of the microorganisms involved. Chapters have been written by personnel from leading biomining companies, consultants and internationally recognized researchers and academics.

About the Author

Douglas E. Rawlings: Professor and Head of Department of Microbiology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. BSc (Hons), PhD Rhodes University, South Africa. Fellow of the University of Cape Town, Royal Society of South Africa (an immediate past President of RSSAf). Editor of previous book on subject Biomining, Theory, Microbes and Industrial Processes, published by Springer and RG Landes (1997).

D. Barrie Johnson: Reader in Environmental and Applied Microbiology at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K. Doctoral and Batchelor degrees from the University of Wales. Fellowships held at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratories, (US Department of Energy).


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biomining: the technology of the new millenium 24 April 2000
By JOSE GUERRERO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The biological processe for the dissolution and recovery of metals from ores, concentrates an wastes is one of thw most mdern techs to be applied in the near future for mining sector. Bacteria are able to degradate some heavy metals emplying many mechanisms given an added value to the metallutgical process.
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Biomining - the future of sulfide ore treatment 12 Dec. 2012
By Vladimir Borissenko - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is one of the best and comprehensive references for the subject. It contains chapters written by prominent engineers and hydrometallurgists who conducted research programs and detailed design of biomining processes all over the world.
Here you can find how the biooxidation treatment of different sulfide ores was implemented on practice. The subject is very innovative and considered to be the future of sulfide ore processing as it's very environmental friendly and cost effective.
The only drawback of the book is its price, although it is worth the money.
The book might be useful for mining project managers and consultants who participate in development of a strategy for exploiting a sulfide ore deposit. As you learn the possibilities of biomining you can elaborate a better way to treat sulfide ores if the biooxidation is applicable in a particular case. Also you can easily contact engineering and research companies that have substantial experience in biomining as all participated parties are mentioned in the chapters.
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Biomining 28 Mar. 2010
By L. G. Treadgold - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must for mineral processing engineers who want an in depth perspective of Biologicak aspects of metls extraction. Although expensive it is an excellent reference tool
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