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Stability of copper tolerance inThiobacillus ferrooxidans

Abstract

A strain ofThiobacillus ferrooxidans MAL-4-1 was adapted to grow at higher concentrations of copper by repeated subculturing in the presence of increasing levels of added cupric ions in 9K medium. The strains adapted to copper were found to be more efficient in bioleaching of copper from concentrates. When copper tolerant strains were back cultured repeatedly in 9K medium without cupric ions, the initially developed metal tolerance was observed to be lost. This indicates that the copper tolerance developed is stress-dependent and not a permanent trait of the adapted strain.

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Natarajan, K.A., Sudeesha, K. & Ramananda Rao, G. Stability of copper tolerance inThiobacillus ferrooxidans . Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 66, 303–306 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00882764

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Key words

  • bioleaching
  • copper tolerance
  • adaptation
  • Thiobacillus ferrooxidans