Mining with microbes

As primary high-grade mineral resources are growing scarcer, it raises the need for high-efficiency, low-cost extraction processes that are also environmentally benign. Biomining could be the answer in some cases, finds Ailbhe Goodbody

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The Runruno project in the Philippines is the first application of Outotec’s Generation III BIOX design principles

Biomining is the extraction of metals from ores using microorganisms such as bacteria, rather than using traditional methods of extreme heat or chemicals.