Managing acid mine drainage in northern Australia using microbial mats

Managing acid mine drainage in northern Australia using microbial mats

The metal rich acid discharge from acid mine drainage (AMD) can lead to significant environmental damage AMD is a serious issue in northern Aust and current AMD treatment technologies are not successful because of extreme seasonal changes. Microbial treatment technologies such as mats and bioreactors may be suitable laternatives for the tropics and these approaches are more likely to be successful if they use loca well adapted microbes. We will work with our industry partners to identify candidate microbes and trial mat treatments for AMD and neutral drainage. Such treatments will be applicable in the tropics at a global level.

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Prof Karen Gibb
Co-Director, RIEL

Primary research group

Coastal Processes and Monitoring

Qualifications

PhD in Plant Virology, University of Adelaide.