Special Issue "Interactions between Microbes and Minerals"


A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 October 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Danielle Fortin
Department Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada
Website: http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/dfortin/DFortin_Science/Welcome.html
E-Mail: dfortin@uottawa.ca
Interests: iron cycling; biogenic minerals; iron bacteria; sulfur bacteria; mine tailings; exobiology

Guest Editor
Dr. Caroline Peacock
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
Website: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/c.peacock
E-Mail: c.l.peacock@leeds.ac.uk
Interests: biogeochemistry; metal-mineral-microbe interactions; mineral-water interfaces; trace-elements; palaeoenvironments; synchrotron spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interactions between microbes and minerals have been shown to occur in a vast array of natural pristine and contaminated environments. Earlier studies have for instance revealed that bacteria are efficient sorbents due to the various binding sites on their cell wall. In a wide array of environments these bacteria are found spatially associated with minerals, including oxides, carbonates, silicates, etc., through mineral nucleation reactions that occur on cell walls under saturation conditions, and mineral precipitation reactions in the presence of both non-Fe and Fe metabolising bacteria. Despite the large body of literature on the topic, there is still a need to further investigate microbe-mineral interactions, especially in the context of mining and mineral processing where microbes can play an important role in metal and metalloid immobilization or remobilization. The goal of this special issue is to gather recent advances in the field of microbe-mineral interactions, with a focus on bacteria, viruses and fungi. We also welcome studies on the discovery of new strains and metabolic pathways which can have implications for metal recovery in the mining sector.

Prof. Dr. Danielle Fortin
Dr. Caroline Peacock
Guest Editors


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  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • virus
  • metal
  • metalloid
  • radionuclide
  • biogenic mineral
  • mining
  • Published Papers (7 papers)

    by ,  and
    Minerals 2014, 4(1), 74-88; doi:10.3390/min4010074
    Received: 10 December 2013; in revised form: 24 January 2014 / Accepted: 27 January 2014 / Published: 7 February 2014
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    by ,  and
    Minerals 2014, 4(1), 17-36; doi:10.3390/min4010017
    Received: 17 October 2013; in revised form: 8 January 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 22 January 2014
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    by ,  and
    Minerals 2013, 3(4), 427-449; doi:10.3390/min3040427
    Received: 20 October 2013; in revised form: 27 November 2013 / Accepted: 5 December 2013 / Published: 16 December 2013
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    Minerals 2013, 3(4), 395-411; doi:10.3390/min3040395
    Received: 6 September 2013; in revised form: 2 November 2013 / Accepted: 15 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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    by , , ,  and
    Minerals 2013, 3(4), 367-394; doi:10.3390/min3040367
    Received: 7 September 2013; in revised form: 16 October 2013 / Accepted: 21 October 2013 / Published: 4 November 2013
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    by  and
    Minerals 2013, 3(4), 337-351; doi:10.3390/min3040337
    Received: 29 August 2013; in revised form: 20 September 2013 / Accepted: 23 September 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
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    by , ,  and
    Minerals 2013, 3(3), 318-336; doi:10.3390/min3030318
    Received: 16 August 2013; in revised form: 11 September 2013 / Accepted: 13 September 2013 / Published: 23 September 2013
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    Last update: 1 April 2014

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