[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP160100207]
Researchers Dr Talitha Santini; Prof Gordon Southam; A/Prof Gene Tyson; Dr Paul Jensen; Dr Sara Couperthwaite; Prof Lesley Warren; Dr Ian Phillips; Ms Katy Tsesmelis
Brief description In situ remediation in mine site rehabilitation. By enhancing and guiding abiotic and biotic processes of soil development, this project aims to accelerate the in situ remediation of bauxite residue (alumina refining tailings). Over 7 gigatonnes of tailings are produced globally every year, comprising complex mineral assemblages at extremes of pH and salinity with minimal biological activity. This project will build detailed knowledge on the chemical, physical, and biological properties of bauxite residue and apply this to develop field-scale in situ remediation strategies. This research will also advance understanding of soil development and primary succession of microbial communities in extreme, anthropogenic environments such as those presented by tailings.
Funding Amount $325,000
Funding Scheme Linkage Projects