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dc.contributor.authorSeiderer, Tanya
dc.contributor.authorVenter, Arthurita
dc.contributor.authorVan Wyk, Fanus
dc.contributor.authorLevanets, Anatoliy
dc.contributor.authorJordaan, Anine
dc.identifier.citationSeiderer, T. et al. 2017. Growth of soil algae and cyanobacteria on gold mine tailings material. South African journal of science, 113(11-12): Article no 2016-0384. [ sajs.2017/20160384]en_US
dc.identifier.issn1996-7489 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri sajs.2017/20160384
dc.description.abstractThe goal of revegetation of gold mine tailings storage facilities is to reduce aeolian pollution, nutrient leaching and erosion caused by exposure to wind and water. The establishment of biological soil crusts may prove to be a more cost-effective way to reach the same goal and the aim of this study was therefore to determine if it is possible to establish algae and cyanobacteria on gold mine tailings. Different treatments of Chlamydomonas, Microcoleus and Nostoc were inoculated on gold mine tailings in controlled conditions and algal growth was measured on all of the treatments after 6 weeks. Nostoc treatments had the highest chlorophyll-a concentrations and produced a surface crust, while Chlamydomonas treatments penetrated the tailings material and provided the strongest crust. The results were promising but more research is necessary to determine the best organism, or combination of organisms, to colonise mine tailings and to eventually produce biological crustsen_US
dc.subjectBiological soil crustsen_US
dc.subjectTailings storage facilitiesen_US
dc.subjectScanning electron microscopyen_US
dc.titleGrowth of soil algae and cyanobacteria on gold mine tailings materialen_US
dc.contributor.researchID10066551 - Venter, Arthurita
dc.contributor.researchID20868421 - Levanets, Anatoliy
dc.contributor.researchID10202927 - Jordaan, Anine

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