Special Issue "Mineral Extraction from the Mineral Microbiome"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019
Mr. Robert Greene
Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Interests: biotechnology applications in mining, mineral processing, metallurgy, and remediation
All minerals used by humans have been taken from the Earth’s crust using methods fundamentally unchanged over millennia. Rocks are found that contain high concentrations of metals and broken open, the ore minerals are concentrated, the metals are extracted from the ores and then purified. While more effective machines, explosives, and chemicals have been steadily developed since the industrial revolution, the use of biotechnology in mining has been restricted to variations of the bioleaching occurring naturally in leach pits for hundreds of years. Biotechnology is a relative newcomer to mining compared to technologies born of innovations in the physical and chemical sciences that are well established with proven low risk thresholds. Consider, though, that the genetic code of life was discovered in 1953. Six and a half decades later, pocket size DNA sequencers are available for $1000 and microbial gene editing is a commercial service. With these new tools, the mineral microbiome can be explored for novel biological structures and systems that have evolved to interact with specific minerals and metal ions. The result will be a much deeper understanding of the mineral microbiome, one that could lead to paradigm-changing methods of mineral extraction. The dissemination of these possibilities is the motivation for this Special Issue.
Prof. Scott Dunbar
Mr. Robert Greene
Manuscript Submission Information
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- mineral processing
- molecular biology
- mineral microbiome
- microbial metabolism
- genetic engineering
- synthetic biology