546-0437/03 – Mineral Biotechnology I (MB I)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Iva Janáková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Peter Fečko, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2006/2007Year of cancellation2006/2007
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
FEC40 prof. Ing. Peter Fečko, CSc.
HOR43 Pavlina Horklová
PEC06 doc. Ing. Iva Janáková, Ph.D.
KUC25 doc. Dr. Ing. Radmila Kučerová
LUP01 Ing. Alena Luptáková, Ph.D.
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Full-time Credit and Examination 3+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The goal is to broaden students' knowledge in the field of mineral biotechnology, focusing on biotechnological processes for the treatment of sulphide ores and coal. Particular attention is paid to the environmental processes in deposits with sulphide mineralization, biological leaching and micro-organisms used to biological leaching. Students will be able to work with this content and be able to compare them with practice. Newly acquired knowledge is the basis for optimization, measurement and control of biological process.

Teaching methods

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The course of “Mineral Biotechnologies I” is focused on introductory information on utilization and application of mineral biotechnologies in research as well as operational practice. The course deals in detail with the ssue of mineral biotechnologies. The individual lectures concentrate on environmental biogenic processes, basic principles of mineral biotechnologies, general characteristics of microbial metabolisms of the individual microorganisms. Next, it deals with the study of potential application of biogenic processes into technological procedures of treatment and processing of selected sulfitic ores.

Compulsory literature:

FEČKO, Peter, Mária KUŠNIEROVÁ, Vladimír ČABLÍK and Iva PEČTOVÁ(Janáková). Environmental biotechnology. Ostrava: VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, 2006. ISBN 8024810905. FLYNNE, W. G. Biotechnology and bioengineering. New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2008. ISBN 978-1-60456-067-1. ATLAS, R.M.: Microbiology, Fundamentals and Applications. 2nd Ed. Macmillan Publishing Comp., New York, 1988. Dictionary of microbiology and molecular biology [online]. 3rd ed. KüCK, Ulrich FRANKENBERG-DINKEL, Nicole. Biotechnology. De Gruyter, 2015.

Recommended literature:

Barnum, S. R. Biotechnology : an introduction. Belmont : Thomson Brooks/Cole, c2005 - x, 323 s. : il. ISBN 0-534-49296-7. SINGH, Shree N. a R. D. TRIPATHI. Environmental bioremediation technologies. New York: Springer, c2007. ISBN 9783540347903. Yates, Marylynn V. Nakatsu, Cindy H. Miller, Robert V. Pillai, Suresh D. Manual of Environmental Microbiology (4th Edition). American Society for Microbiology (ASM). 2016. ZAJKOV, Gennadij Jefremovič, ed. Research progress in biotechnology. New York: Nova Biomedical Books, c2008. ISBN 978-1-60456-000-8.

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Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction, Biotechnologies and their development 2. Environmental biogenic processes as basic principles of mineral biotechnologies 3. Mineral biotechnologies 4. Chemical and biological principle of element cycle in the biosphere 5. The course of environmental processes on deposits with sulfitic mineralization 6. Biological-chemical leaching of pyrite (FeS2) 7. Biological-chemical leaching of arsenopyrite (FeAsS) 8. Biological-chemical leaching of Cu sulphides 9. Biological-chemical leaching of antimonite (Sb2S3) 10. Biological-chemical leaching of sphalerite (ZnS) 11. Biological-chemical leaching of galenite (PbS) 12. Biological-chemical leaching of sulfitic ores on the surface of mining plants 13. Non-extraction – dressing methods of utilizing biological-chemical oxidation processes in the processing of sulfitic concentrates 14. Study of potential application of biogenic processes into technological procedures of treatment and processing of selected sulfitic ores 15. Consequences of environmental processes in the biotopes of waste dump sulfitic deposits from their mining 16. Identification of biogenic processes in old mine burdens

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