Biogeochemistry of ferruginous duricrusts
The proposal is focused on the examination and application of microbial iron cycling in the formation of geologically stable, iron duricrusts in tropical regimes.
The aim is to develop a site-scale bioremediation strategy for iron ore mines by re-establishing canga, which are 'ancient' distinct ecosystems possessing unique plant species rarely found on Earth.
This university-industry collaboration will produce economic benefits for the world's iron mining industry through advanced training in mining-related research, and through the completion of the mining life cycle by site remediation, enhancing Australia's position as a global leader in providing innovative solutions to today's mining challenges.
Funding: ARC Linkage