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Special Issue "Biomineralization in Ore Forming Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2020.
Interests: Biomineralization; Biogeochemistry; Mn- and Fe-oxides; hydrothermal vent systems; Hellenic Volcanic Arc
Interests: Geomicrobiology; Marine biogeochemistry; Earth’s Chemical Evolution; The Evolution of Life
Interests: deep biosphere; geobiology; paleobiology; fossilized microorganisms
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Recently, biomineralization, i.e., active and passive microbial (bacterial, archaeal, and fungal) dissolution and precipitation of a wide variety of economic-grade mineral phases in the natural environment, has gained special scientific and economic interest in low-temperature ore-forming processes. Due to their metabolic ability to control sulfate reduction, Fe and Mn redox reactions, inorganic carbon fixation to organic carbon and the oxidation of the organic matter back to inorganic carbon, microbes actively exert a major influence on the formation of a variety of minerals in surface, supergene, diagenetic, and hydrothermal environments. These include the formation of world-class secondary Cu and Zn–Pb deposits, banded Fe formations, Mn nodules, Mn-carbonates, exhalative massive sulfides, phosphorites, and placer gold deposits. For example, fungi can cause gold oxidation under surface mineral bioweathering conditions, leading to gold mobilization and bioaccumulation. Through their large surface area, microbes in addition to active metabolic processes, passively bind and concentrate economically important elements, making them important particulates in the enrichment of economic grade ores in the environment. Despite these recent advances, understanding the role of microbial biomineralization from the nano- to macro-scale ore-forming process, is still in its infancy and mostly underestimated, and, therefore, constitutes a fruitful area of cutting-edge research. The proposed Special Issue emphasizes the powerful role of microbial biomineralization in low-temperature ore genesis. It highlights crucial questions to enable a wide and truly interdisciplinary viewpoint, by combining concepts and new high-resolution methods from different areas, e.g., geochemistry, mineralogy, biology, to build a comprehensive picture of microbial biomineralization processes in ore formation, at the nanoscale to the global scale. Thus, we invite studies, from macro- to molecular scale, including innovative spectroscopy, microscopy, and omics-based investigations.
Prof. Dr. Stephanos P. Kilias
Dr. Ernest Chi Fru
Dr. Magnus Ivarsson
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- ore mineral
- metal sulfide
- Fe oxide
- Mn oxide
- carbon fixation
- sulfate reduction
- global geobiological cycles
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. authors：Magnus Ivarsson*; Stephanos Kilias; Curt Broman; Anna Neubeck ; Henrik Drake; Ernest Chi Fru; Stefan Bengtson; Jonathan Naden; Kleopatra Detsi; Martin Whitehouse
Title: Exceptional preservation of fungi as H2-bearing fluid inclusions in an early Quaternary paleo-hydrothermal system at Cape Vani, Milos, Greece