Eco-engineering soil from mine tailings for native plant rehabilitation (2016–2020)

Sustainable rehabilitation of tailings at metal mine sites is severely constrained by soil resource deficiency. Building on our recent findings of critical processes in soil formation from Cu/Pb-Zn tailings, we aim to develop an integrated technology through eco-engineering the mineralogy and organic constituents of tailings to initiate and accelerate soil formation by using magnetite tailings as a template. The technology will be underpinned by research to mediate and stimulate key biogeochemical and rhizosphere processes in the tailing-soil towards a functional 'technosol'. We aim to apply this technology at metal mines in Australia, to offset the soil required for rehabilitating tailings landforms with native plant communities.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
  • Program Leader/Prof Res Fellow
    Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Professor
    School of the Environment
    Faculty of Science
    W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
Funded by:
Australian Research Council