Isolation and Growth Culture of Thiobacillus ferrooxidans from Coal Mine Drainage of Harnai, Balochistan

Author's: Irfan Hafeez1*, Aysha Mushtaq2, Muhammad Aamir1, Athar Amin1, Adnan Akram1
Authors' Affiliations
1Minerals Processing Research Center, PCSIR Laboratories Complex, Ferozepur Road Lahore, Pakistan.2Department of Biochemistry SBK Women’s University, Quetta, Pakistan.*Corresponding Author: Irfan Hafeez; Email: irfanhafeez_2007@yahoo.com
Article Type: Research Article     Published: Mar. 31, 2020 Pages: 1-6
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Abstract:

The bacterial strain having the ability of minerals bioleaching and desulphurization of coal has been isolated from coal mine drainage and hot spring water collected from the district Harnai, Balochistan. The recent work involves sample collection, growth culture, purification, and confirmation of bioleaching activity present in isolated strain with suitable evidence. The isolated Thiobacillus ferrooxidans bacteria showed the ability to decrease the pH of the medium during its growth along with the conversion of Fe (II) to Fe (III) state. The optimization of various parameters that affect the growth culture has been investigated suggesting the use of isolated bacterial strain for the production of sulphuric acid as well as for minerals leaching from respective ores and coal desulphurization.

Keywords:

T. ferrooxidans, Growth culture, Isolation, Harnai, Balochistan.

Citation:

Hafeez, I., Mushtaq, A., Aamir, M., Amin, A., Akram, A., 2020. Isolation and Growth Culture of Thiobacillus ferrooxidans from Coal Mine Drainage of Harnai, Balochistan. PSM Microbiol., 5(1): 1-6.