Estimation of Cells Growth and Substrate Oxidation in Initial Stages of Adaptation of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans to High Concentrations of Ferric Ions


  • Elitsa Petrova*
  • Plamena Zlateva



Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is among the few microorganisms which take energy from the oxidation of the ferrous ions in acidic medium. ThatВ  hemolitoautotrophic bacterium is well known and successfully used in the wastewater treatment of and in all aspects of microbial mediatedВ  extraction of metals from minerals or solid wastes and acid mineВ  drainages. The use of bacteria in environmentally friendly technologies may fall in areas with high concentrations of iron and lead, and this is toxic for the strain. In order to avoid inhibition of the bacterial action, it is necessary to adapt Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans to high initial concentrations of iron ions. The aim of present work is to estimate the processes of substrate oxidation and cells growth in exponential phase of batch cultivation of the strain, loaded higher initial concentration of ferric ions. It was established that there is no in uence of initial substrate concentrations on the strain in the beginning stages of its adaptation to high concentrations of ferrous ions.






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