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The process of leaching metals from ore by using bacteria or fungi to convert the metals into a soluble form.

bi′o·leached′ adj.
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Keywords: Bioleaching, Penicillium notatum, Aspergillus niger, Organic wastes, Organic acids, Aluminum dissolution.
In September, researchers from France and Germany reported the results of work recently undertaken on bioleaching copper from shale deposits in Europe, in a keynote paper to the 22nd International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium in Freiberg, Germany, the authors described how the laboratory-scale study had involved using leaching bacteria initially to convert insoluble ore minerals into water-soluble salts, with subsequent recovery of 97% of the contained copper by biochemical precipitation.
BacTech has developed a bioleaching or bio-oxidation technology (BACOX) that uses naturally occurring bacteria to draw out metals and stabilize arsenic found in historic tailings.
Due to the porosity generated by bioleaching, the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of bioleached oil shale increased to 31.
In Labban's (2014) account, nature is at once recalcitrant and productive, because bioleaching technologies allow mining companies to overcome geological limits to extraction, but in so doing create new obstacles arising from microbial metabolism itself.
Microbial succession during a heap bioleaching cycle of low grade copper sulfides: Does this knowledge mean a real input for industrial process design and control.
2) are used as a biocatalyst in many industrial processes including biopulping, bioleaching and treatment of industrial waste water (Bourdais et al.
The fungi are the most common and efficient group of the heavy metal resistant microbial family which have potential for metal bioleaching.
Bioleaching of heavy metals from sewage sludge: A review.
Empirical models for oxygen mass transfer: a comparison between shake flask and lab-scale fermentor and application to manganiferous ore bioleaching.
The editors have organized the contributions that make up the main body of the text in five chapters devoted to geomicrobiology, biogeochemical cycles, genetics, and molecular biology; microbe-mineral interactions; technologies of bioleaching in hydrometallurgy; bioflotation, biobeneficiation, biosorption, and bioaccumulation; and bioremediation and bio recovery of metals from wastes, and the impact of mining technologies on the environment.
2011), or time consuming, as in the case of biological methods such as bioleaching ((Cheng et al.