546-0437/04 – Mineral Biotechnology I (MB I)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Iva Janáková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Iva Janáková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2018/2019Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
PEC06 doc. Ing. Iva Janáková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 6+6

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

Experimental work in labs


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.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Preparation is required for laboratory experiments. At the end of the semester, evaluation of laboratory work. In the lectures, the continuous control of knowledge is conducted in the form of a discussion of the subject matter.


Other requirements

Elaboration of laboratory protocols, regular participation in seminars.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1.Biotechnology and Mineral Development, Environmental biogenic happening as the basic principle of mineral biotechnology; kinetics of the process. 2. Biogenic elements, chemical and biological nature of the cycle of elements in the biosphere. 3. Course of environmental processes in deposits with sulphide mineralization, bioleaching, microorganisms used in the bioleaching. 4. The genus Thiobacillus, Biological - Chemical oxidation of metals (in general). 5. Bio - chemical leaching of pyrite and arzenopyritu. 6. Bio - chemical leaching of copper sulfides. 7. Bio - chemical leaching of sphalerite, galena and stibnite. 8. Application of bio-chemical methods in mining and mineral processing. 9. Classification of coal - physical properties, makropetrographic classification. 10. Micropetrographic classification - brown coal, hard coal microlithotypes. 11. Forms of behavior of sulfur in coal, sulfur removal from coal using microorganisms. 12. Technological aspects of biological desulfurizace sulfur from coal. 13. Biodegradation of black and brown coal - split ties. 14. Microorganisms removing organic sulfur from coal and trace elements. 15. Biological treatment of coal for power production purposes.

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ECTS - FMG 2020/2021 Full-time English Optional 501 - Study Office stu. block
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