"Specifically intended to underscore the importance of microbes in environmental remediation in the mining industries, this text offers a basic and conceptual understanding of the role of microbes, and provides an extensive exploration of microbiology and metals. Each chapter is written by experts from research, industry and academia. The authors expand on the whole scale of microbiology applications relevant to minerals, metal, material, and environment. They elicit the applications of microbes for metal extraction (including mechanisms and methods) from primary ores/minerals and mining wastes, biomining and related concepts of microbial diversity and various operations, and molecular biology of microbes involved in such systems (extremophiles). They also address in detail biohydrometallurgy, biomineralisation, bioleaching, biobeneficiation, biosynthesis, and bioremediation and other related areas. This book includes bacterial leaching, hybrid leaching, and biosynthesis related to different metals, covers recent developments in alternative procedures with the use of extremophiles and leaching bacteria, explains the imperative importance of bacteria in minerals and metals sector, addresses microbial interventions for waste cleanup and upgradation of minerals, compares existing processes with the new ones to elicit their importance, [and] provides case studies on all respective topics by eminent researchers."--Publisher's website. 1. Biomineralisation and microbially induced beneficiation / K.A. Natarajan -- 2. Biomining of base metals from sulphide minerals / Bhargav C. Patel, Devayani R. Tipre and Shailesh R. Dave -- 3. Microbial extraction of uranium from ores / Abhilash and B.D. Pandey -- 4. Biohydrometallurgy : from the Zijinshan experience to future prospects / Liu Xingyu, Ruan Renman, Wen Jiankang and Wang Dianzuo -- 5. Spectroscopic study on the bioleaching of enargite using thermophile / Keiko Sasaki -- 6. Microbial biodesulphurisation of coal / Anirban Ghosh, Sujata, Abhilash and B.D. Pandey -- 7. Application of industrial waste in biohydrometallurgy : a review on its use as neutralising agent and potential source for metal recovery / Ata Akcil and Chandra Sekhar Gahan -- 8. Application of microbes for metal extraction from mining wastes / Sandeep Panda, Srabani Mishra, Nilotpala Pradhan, Umaballav Mohaptra, Lala Behari Sukla and Barada Kanta Mishra -- 9. Bioleaching of metals from major hazardous solid wastes / Gayathri Natarajan, Thulasya Ramanathan, Abhilasha Bharadwaj and Yen-Peng Ting -- 10. Biogeochemistry in recycling of trace elements and heavy metals / Jian Chen, Fengxiang X. Han and Paul B. Tchounwou -- 11. Role of natural and engineered biofilms composition in toxic inorganic contaminants immobilisation / Eric D. van Hullebusch and Yoan Pechaud -- 12. Bioprocessing of electronic scraps / Sadia Ilyas and Jae-Chun Lee -- 13. Urban biomining : new challenges for a successful exploitation of WEEE by means of a biotechnological approach / Viviana Fonti, Alessia Amato and Francesca Beolchini -- 14. Hybrid leaching : an emerging trend in bioprocessing of secondary resources / Sadia Ilyas and Jae-Chun Lee -- 15. Microbiologically influenced corrosion and its impact on metals and other materials / Tingyue Gu, Dake Xu, Peiyu Zhang, Yingchao Li and Amy L. Lindenberger -- 16. Biosorption of heavy metals / Gjergj Dodbiba, Josiane Ponou and Toyohisa Fujita -- 17. Biosynthesis of nanomaterials / Dhanasekar Naresh Niranjan, Jayakumar Pathma, Raman Gurusamy and Natarajan Sakthivel -- 18. Microbial remediation of acid mine drainage / Laura G. Leff, Suchismita Ghosh, G. Patricia Johnston and Alescia Roberto -- 19. Microbiology of arsenic-contaminated groundwater / Pinaki Sar, Dhiraj Paul, Angana Sarkar, Rahul Bharadwaj and Sufia K. Kazy -- 20. Microbial degradation of toxic organic compounds of waste and allied contaminants / Yu. L. Gurevich, V.P. Ladygina and M.I. Teremova.