Biomining & bioremediation

Mine waste bioremediation: some microorganisms can live in toxic mine waste, and even consume or transform contaminants to environmentally benign chemicals. Our lab studies the microbes that perform this useful function, and try to harness their activity for use in engineered bioremediation systems at mine sites.

Coastal acid sulfate soils: many coastal regions worldwide undergo geogenic acidification from exhumed and/or eroding sulfide-rich shale deposits. Our lab has documented important temporal changes in microbial community structure that impact on iron and sulphur cycling, two key elements for bioremediation strategies, in tidally inundated wetlands in NE Australia.

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