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The Bangor Acidophile Research Team (BART) is based in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at Bangor University.

The group is involved in research into microbes which inhabit extreme environments, called "extremophiles", with a particular emphasis on highly acidic habitats. The work is concentrated in the following areas:

  • commercial mineral leaching operations ( 'biomining' )
  • acid mine drainage
  • geothermal areas
  • acidic industrial wastewaters

Our research is focused primarily on the microbiology and molecular biology of these environments, and we are also involved in developing novel bioengineering solutions for remediating acid mine drainage and industrial wastewaters. For a general overview of these technologies as well as other background information, please see the enclosed paper or see the recent press reports on BART's activities.

Biomining has been described as one of ten ‘world-changing ideas’ in the December 2011 issue of Scientific American.

For further information please contact Prof. Barrie Johnson (group leader) at the address below, or by e-mail.

School of Biological Sciences
Bangor University
LL57 2UW
Tel (direct) +44 01248 382358
Fax +44 01248 370731

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