Integrated Management of Mine Waste Using Biogeotechnologies Focusing Thai Mines

  • M. N. V. Prasad
  • Woranan Nakbanpote


The history of mining for precious minerals dates back to several centuries. Mining is important for economy but causes environmental contamination. However, mine waste reclamation and mine environment cleanup are a subject of recent origin focusing various aspects of biogeotechnologies. In general, the subject of environmental remediation is about three decades old, and today the advances in this field are capable of handling a variety of toxic waste. Different strategies and approaches are employed to render mine waste less toxic. Mining had negative effects on natural resources (biotic and abiotic) and deteriorates the quality of environment. Different types of mine industries are implicated in promoting “industrial deserts” or “lunar scapes” which are overloaded with technogenic waste. Soil washing and cleaning in such situation is cost prohibitive. This chapter deals with reclamation of a zinc, lead, and tin (arsenic) mine waste with reference to Thailand (see graphic abstract Fig. 1).


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungus Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Mine Waste Mine Tailing Mycorrhizal Plant 
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The authors gratefully acknowledge the receipt of financial support under the auspices of India-Thailand bilateral scientific cooperation ref. DST/INT/THAI/P-02/2012 dated 31-1-13. Thanks are also due to Mahasarakham University for supporting this joining research.


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  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceMahasarakham UniversityMahasarakhamThailand

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