Using Microbes to Clean Mine Sites

Using Microbes to Clean Mine Sites

Ontario is a leader in mining innovation, and the new industrial research chair in biomining, bioremediation and science communications aims to help keep it that way. Laurentian University’s Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk and her team are focused on advancing the use of microbes to reduce the environmental impact of mining activity. “Using microbes to clean up mining sites isn’t a new idea,” explains Mykytczuk. “Scientists have been working on them for 30 years with limited success. But now, molecular technology has advanced to the point where we can match specific microbes to particular waste types.” Discovering what those microbes are and what they can do, then devising solutions and getting them to market quickly is Mykytczuk’s goal. She’s grateful to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund for supporting her research program. “The NOHFC recognizes the importance of this research for Ontario’s industry – and for the green technologies we can bring to mining sites around the world.”

Who
Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communications at Laurentian University

Program
Northern Innovation Program – Industrial Research Chairs