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- Bioleaching of Sulfide Minerals
- Principles of bioleaching
- Industrial applications of bioleaching
- Bioleaching of Nonsulfide Minerals
- Future Developments
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The use of naturally occurring microorganisms to dissolve metals from minerals. This biotechnical process, involving bacteria, archaea, fungi, and yeast, can be applied to both sulfide and nonsulfide minerals. At present, bioleaching is employed on a large commercial scale to extract metals from sulfide minerals. See also: Hydrometallurgy; Leaching
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