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The Development of Genomic Tools for Monitoring and Improving Passive Mitigation of Mine Drainage

  • Project Leaders: Susan Baldwin
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $1554985
  • Program/Competition: Applied Genomics Programs
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Status: Closed

Mine drainage and other waste waters are potential sources of contamination for many different aquatic environments. Current waste water treatment methods require large scale chemical treatment of both metal leaching and acid rock drainage in order for mining to be environmentally sustainable. This research applied genomics to develop tools to monitor and diagnose microorganism populations in passive treatment systems harnessing the ability of these naturally occurring microorganisms to detoxify and neutralize contaminated effluents.