Copper shale as archive and resource for microbial extremophiles
The organic rich copper shale has been an important resource for
economic development of Central Europe since the copper age. The
heavy metal containing, organic-rich shale triggers the development of
microorganisms on stone surfaces and in its matrix. In a metagenomic approach,
we will analyze diversity of pro- and eukaryotic communities living associated
with these rocks and elucidate key processes involved in extremophily of the
organisms, resistance against high metal concentration and activity of mineral
mobilization. Results will not only show an insight into a deep biosphere
habitat but may also give implications to mine waste treatment and
Figure 4. Bacterial enrichments from coppermine pits may reveal metal-tolerant organisms.
Reference Wilke et al., 2015 Geomicrobiology J. 32: 380-393.