Microbial Ecology of a Natural Extreme Acidic Environment: Lessons from Río Tinto
Rio Tinto (Iberian Pyritic Belt, SW Spain) is a natural extreme acidic environment with a rather constant acidic pH (mean pH value 2.3) and a high concentration of heavy metals. The Tinto ecosystem is under the control of iron. The geomicrobiological characterization of Río Tinto has unravelled some basic questions of biohydrometallurgical interest. The methodologies developed for this study were applied successfully to monitor different bioleaching processes of the BioMinE project.
Edgardo R. Donati, Marisa R. Viera, Eduardo L. Tavani, María A. Giaveno, Teresa L. Lavalle, Patricia A. Chiacchiarini
R. Amils et al., "Microbial Ecology of a Natural Extreme Acidic Environment: Lessons from Río Tinto", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 71-73, pp. 13-19, 2009