Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Mine tailings, change into soil! Abracadabra!

Abstract: The Australian mining industry produces large volumes of mine tailings that are unstable and ecologically hostile. The mining industry needs to find cost-effective and scalable solutions for sustainable rehabilitation of tailings materials. Many ferrous and base metal mines in Australia are located in highly weathered landscapes with shallow soils and mined land rehabilitation is constrained by deficiencies of soil resources, leading to huge costs of off-site soil excavation and transportation. This seminar will describe a recently started project (ARC Linkage) for remediation of tailings produced at an iron-ore mine (magnetite) at Karara, WA. The project aims to engineer the tailings into functional soil as a strategy for sustainable rehabilitation of metal mine tailings. This magic will be described. Ultimately, the mining company is obligated to rehabilitate the land so that it supports what is near the original plant species ecology.

Dr Phil Bond has been active in the research field of microbial ecology and proteomics for the last 13 years. This has focused on understanding the complexities of microbial communities, combining metagenomic investigations with transcriptomic and proteomic approaches to elucidate microbial metabolic processes. An overall objective is to understand complexities of microbial communities and to determine molecular details of microbial functions in their environments.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 26 May 2017
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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