Comparison between "true" bioleachers, supporters and humans

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"True" bioleachers Supporters Humans
pH-optimaAcidophiles Acidophiles
(or neutrophiles?)
Neutrophiles
Temperature-optima Widely different
Read more about psychrotolerant acidophiles
Widely different25°C? (But manage other temperatures with different equipment)
Electron donor Chemolithotrophs, use sulfide minerals Chemoorganotrophs Chemoorganotrophs
Electron acceptor Aerobes Aerobes Aerobes – oxygen only
Carbon source Autotrophs
(sometimes mixotrophs)
Heterotrophs Heterotrophs
Mechanisms for metal resistance Yes YesNot really

See also

Bioleaching microbes

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