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Bioextraction and Biodeterioration of Metals

Series: Biology of World Resources Series

Edited By: Christine C Garlarde and Hector A Videla

372 pages, 11 b/w photos, 78 illus, 19 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | May 1995 | #41256 | ISBN: 0521417570
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Interactions between microbes and metals have a huge economic importance. Metallic structures and apparatus can be corroded, leading to reduced efficiency of operation and even danger to users. However, micro-organisms have enormous potential for the removal of economically important metals from their ores. There has been intense research in this field of biotechnology in recent years, and this is reviewed here. Specialists cover the different aspects of the subject in separate chapters which include marine corrosion and the prospects and management of biomining bacteria. The chemical and electrochemical aspects and the prospects for controlling the positive and negative effects of these micro-organisms are covered in detail. Mining and oil industries engineers and researchers will find the contents of this book extremely pertinent. Researchers in biotechnology, metallurgy and microbiology will also find much of interest here.

Overall, I recommend this book to microbiologists who are interested in knowing more about the physical and chemical aspects of metal bioextraction and biocorrosion. L.G. Leduc, CSM Newsletter


Foreword; Preface C. Gaylarde and H. Videla; 1. Metal-microbe interactions T. Ford, J. Maki and R. Mitchell; 2. Bacterial leaching of refractory gold sulphide ores D. Morin; 3. Development of improved biomining bacteria D. E. Rawlings and D. R. Woods; 4. Electrochemical aspects of biologically induced corrosion H. A. Videla; 5. The effect of biofilms on marine corrosion S. C. Dexter; 6. The influence of marine macrofouling on corrosion R. G. J. Edyvean; 7. Chemical and physicochemical aspects of metal biofilms H. H. Paradies; 8. Monitoring techniques for biologically induced corrosion R. A. King; 9. Prospects for sensors of biologically induced corrosion C. A. C. Sequeira; 10. Design, selection and use of biocides C. C. Gaylarde.

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