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Potential utilisation of micro-organisms in gold processing: A review

Reith, Frank; Zammit, Charlie; Rogers, Steve L; McPhail, Derry; Brugger, Joel


Using iron and sulphur oxidising bacteria to catalyse the breakdown of sulphides that host the gold is an important biological method for the pretreatment of refractory gold ores. Following this biological treatment, a combination of chemical and physical methods is used for leaching (such as the cyanide process) and concentration (such as carbon in pulp or electrowinning) of the gold. Although these methods are well accepted by industry, they harbour limitations in the processing of low grade...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
DOI: 10.1179/1743285512Y.0000000017


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