Cupriavidus metallidurans and gold – the story continues

Understanding the biochemical functions underlying the ability of the bacterium C. metallidurans to colonize natural gold particles and nuggets has proven far from trivial. Indeed  appreciating how C. metallidurans solves the problem of living in environments that contain both Au and Cu is a pre-requisite to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying gold cycling in the environment.

In this groundbreaking study conducted over several years by the Nies group at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) in close collaboration with the Reith’s Microbes and Heavy Metal Group at the University of Adelaide, as well as collaborators now at Monash,  the ESRF, and other institutions a breakthrough has been made and has now published in the prestigious journal Applied and and Environmental Microbiology.


The Microbes and Heavy Metal Group at Goldschmidt, Paris 2017



represented by Dr. Jeremiah Shuster and Ms Angelica Rea

  • Microbial gold (trans)formation: Examples from Europe and Asia
  • Cultured bacterial communities from Australian and African gold grains (with Santonu Sanyal)
  • Environmental Gold Cycling: The Need for a Kinetic Model
  • The Biogeochemical Cycling of Silver in Acidic Surface Environments

and presented by our friend and collaborator Johannes Hommel from the University of Stuttgart:

Dr Johannes Hommel

  • Development and Implementation of a Gold Mobility Model