Professor Banta gave an invited presentation entitled "Engineering the biomining bacterium Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for emerging applications" at the 2nd Space Travel: Adaptive Research and Technologies from Biological and Chemical Engineering (STAR Tech) Meeting in Boston, MA
Ipek Simay Gokulu is the newest PhD student in the Banta Lab. Welcome aboard Simay!
A new manuscript by Inaba, Xu, Vardner, West and Banta describing a new mechanism for microbially influenced corrosion was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans cells can be cultivated with pyrite such that thiosulfate is formed at low pH. This leads to a highly corrosive environment that can degrade stainless steel.