Multiple metal-resistant bacteria and fungi from acidic copper mine tailings of Xinjiang, China

Deepika Kumari, Xiangliang Pan*, Varenyam Achal, Daoyong Zhang, Fahad A. Al-Misned, M. Golam Mortuza

*Corresponding author for this work

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The microbiology of mining environments has become a research topic of great importance. The present study reports on six bacterial and three fungal isolates which were characterized on a molecular basis. The phylogenetic analysis distributed the bacterial isolates into six groups in which groups A, B and C belonged to Bacillus beringensis, Bacillus sp. and Bacillus megaterium, respectively, while groups D, E and F constituted strains of Pseudomonas putida, Acidothiobacillus sp. and Kocuria sp., respectively. Fungi isolated belonged to the genera Aspergillus, Fusarium and Hypocrea. These isolates showed metal resistances to six heavy metals: Cu, Cr, Pb, Cd, Sb and Ni. For the bacteria, the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of these metals were in the range of 1–11 mM, whereas for fungi, the MIC was in the range of 5–20 mM. The multiple heavy metal-resistant bacterial species may be further screened for application to bioremediation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3113-3121
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 25 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • 16S rRNA
  • Acidothiobacillus sp
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Bioremediation
  • ITS
  • Multiple metal resistance


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