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

108ROC
  • Project Leaders: Susan Baldwin
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $1,554,985
  • Competition: Applied Genomics Innovation Program
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome BC
  • Fiscal Year: 2008
  • 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.