Microbially Induced Flotation of Galena and Quartz from Pyrite
Selective separation of pyrite from galena and quartz was achieved through microbiologically induced flotation in presence of Bacillus subtilis. B. subtilis functions as a depressant for pyrite while it promotes the flotation of galena and quartz. Bacterial extracellular protein (EP) was isolated and the protein profile of bacterial cells grown in presence and absence of minerals established.
Edgardo R. Donati, Marisa R. Viera, Eduardo L. Tavani, María A. Giaveno, Teresa L. Lavalle, Patricia A. Chiacchiarini
H. Sarvamangala and K.A. Natarajan, "Microbially Induced Flotation of Galena and Quartz from Pyrite", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 71-73, pp. 509-512, 2009