Potential Role of Microbial Biofilms in Oil Sands Tailings Management
Victoria Kostenko, Robert John Martinuzzi, 2013. "Potential Role of Microbial Biofilms in Oil Sands Tailings Management", Heavy-oil and Oil-sand Petroleum Systems in Alberta and Beyond, Frances J. Hein, Dale Leckie, Steve Larter, John R. Suter
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This chapter addresses two major challenges in oil sands tailings management: tailings densification and dewatering, and tailings and released water detoxification. It suggests an environmentally friendly solution: application of microbial biofilms for complex tailings treatment. The chapter reviews the current knowledge of the function of microbial biofilms in tailings treatment and describes possible mechanisms driving biofilm-mediated densification and bioremediation.