Sulphate reducing bacteria’s response to extreme pH environments and the effect of their activities on microbial corrosion

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    Abstract

    Sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) are dominant species causing corrosion of various types of materials. However, they also play a beneficial role in bioremediation due to their tolerance of extreme pH conditions. The application of sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) in bioremediation and control methods for microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in extreme pH environments requires an understanding of the microbial activities in these conditions. Recent studies have found that in order to survive and grow in high alkaline/acidic condition, SRB have developed several strategies to combat the environmental challenges. The strategies mainly include maintaining pH homeostasis in the cytoplasm and adjusting metabolic activities leading to changes in environmental pH. The change in pH of the environment and microbial activities in such conditions can have a significant impact on the microbial corrosion of materials. These bacteria strategies to combat extreme pH environments and their effect on microbial corrosion are presented and discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2201
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
    Volume11
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2021

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