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Survival strategies and growth of acidophiles

  • 26 August, 2019
  • 23 April, 2024
  • Wageningen University, Microbiology
  • prof.dr. D.Z. Machado De Sousa
  • dr. I. Sanchez Andreadr. C.U. Welte

Industrial mining activities and the natural exposure of metal sulfide-ores to water and oxygen produce sulfate-rich waters, termed acid mine/rock drainage (AMD/ARD). Characterized by their high acidity and high heavy metal concentrations these water streams have a detrimental environmental and economic impact. This research will investigate a promising acidophilic sulfate reducing bacterium that is capable of detoxifying AMD/ARD. Gaining insight in its ecophysiology and (novel) coping mechanisms for this extreme environment would foster the understanding of microbial physiology and AMD/ARD environments. Knowledge gained can be used for the optimization of bioremediation techniques and development of novel biotechnological applications.

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Reinier Egas

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