Promotion of Mn(II) oxidation and remediation of coal mine drainage in passive treatment systems by diverse fungal and bacterial communities

Cara M. Santelli, Donald H. Pfister, Dana Lazarus, Lu Sun, William D. Burgos, Colleen M. Hansel

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Biologically active, passive treatment systems are commonly employed for removing high concentrations of dissolved Mn(II) from coal mine drainage (CMD). Studies of microbial communities contributing to Mn attenuation through the oxidation of Mn(II) to sparingly soluble Mn(III/IV) oxide minerals, however, have been sparse to date. This study reveals a diverse community of Mn (II)-oxidizing fungi and bacteria existing in several CMD treatment systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4871-4875
Number of pages5
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Ecology

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