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Project Publications: University of Arizona: Revegetation of Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Interactions and Fertility Island Effects

Superfund Research Program

Revegetation of Mining Wastes in Arid and Semiarid Environments: Plant-Microbe-Metal Interactions and Fertility Island Effects

Project Leader: Raina M. Maier
Co-Investigators: Jon Chorover, Julie W. Neilson, Francisco E. Molina-Freaner (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Mark D. Barton
Grant Number: P42ES004940
Funding Period: 2005-2020
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  • Dinali G, Root RA, Amistadi M, Chorover J, Lopes G, Guilherme L. 2019. Rare earth elements (REY) sorption on soils of contrasting mineralogy and texture. Environ Int 128:279-291. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.022
  • Honeker LK, Gullo CF, Neilson JW, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2019. Effect of re-acidification on buffalo grass rhizosphere and bulk microbial communities during phytostabilization of metalliferous mine tailings. Front Microbiol 10:17. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.01209 PMID:31214146 PMCID:PMC6554433
  • Hottenstein JD, Neilson JW, Gil-Loaiza J, Root RA, White SA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2019. Soil microbiome dynamics during pyritic mine tailing phytostabilization: understanding microbial bioindicators of soil acidification. Front Microbiol 10:doi:10.3389/fmicb.2019.01211 PMID:31275251 PMCID:PMC6593306
  • Rader ST, Maier RM, Barton MD, Mazdab FK. 2019. Uptake and fractionation of thallium by brassica juncea in a geogenic thallium-amended substrate. Environ Sci Technol 53:2441-2449. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b06222 PMID:30707569 PMCID:PMC7029784


  • Gil-Loaiza J, Field JP, White SA, Csavina J, Felix O, Betterton EA, Saez AE, Maier RM. 2018. Phytoremediation reduces dust emissions from metal(Ioid)-contaminated mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 52:5851-5858. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b05730 PMID:29701964
  • Hammond C, Root RA, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2018. Mechanisms of arsenic sequestration by Prosopis juliflora during the phytostabilization of metalliferous mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 52(3):1156-1164. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b04363 PMID:29241010 PMCID:PMC5930015
  • Thomas AN, Root RA, Lantz RC, Saez AE, Chorover J. 2018. Oxidative weathering decreases bioaccessibility of toxic metal(loid)s in PM10 emissions from sulfide mine tailings. Geohealth 2(4):118-138. doi:10.1002/2017GH000118 PMID:30338309 PMCID:PMC6191178
  • Valentin-Vargas A, Neilson JW, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2018. Treatment impacts on temporal microbial community dynamics during phytostabilization of acid-generating mine tailings in semiarid regions. Sci Total Environ 618:357-368. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.010 PMID:29132003 PMCID:PMC5773348


  • Honeker LK, Neilson JW, Root RA, Gil-Loaiza J, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2017. Bacterial rhizoplane colonization patterns of Buchloe dactyloides growing in metalliferous mine tailings reflect plant status and biogeochemical conditions. Microb Ecol 74:853867. doi:10.1007/s00248-017-0998-7 PMID:28577167 PMCID:PMC5654687
  • Moreno Ramirez D, Vea L, Field JA, Baker PB, Gandolfi A, Maier RM. 2017. Transferable training modules: Building environmental education opportunities with and for Mexican Community Health Workers (Promotores de Salud). Journal of Family Community Health 40:306-315. doi:10.1097/FCH.0000000000000111 PMID:28323677 PMCID:PMC5562520 (accepted for publication)
  • Neilson JW, Califf K, Cardona C, Copeland A, van Treuren W, Josephson KL, Knight R, Gilbert J, Quade J, Caporaso J, Maier RM. 2017. Significant impacts of increasing aridity on the arid soil microbiome. mSystems 2:doi:10.1128/mSystems.00195-16 PMID:28593197 PMCID:PMC5451488 (accepted for publication)
  • Olivares CI, Madeira CL, Sierra-Alvarez R, Kadoya W, Abrell L, Chorover J, Field JA. 2017. Environmental fate of C-14 radiolabeled 2,4-dinitroanisole in soil. microcosms. Environ Sci Technol 51:13327-13334. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b03699 PMID:29072907
  • Santos AE, Cruz-Ortega R, Meza-Figueroa D, Romero FM, Sanchez-Escalante JJ, Maier RM, Neilson JW, Alcaraz LD, Molina-Freaner FE. 2017. Plants from the abandoned Nacozari mine tailings: evaluation of their phytostabilization potential. PeerJ 5:e3280. doi:10.7717/peerj.3280 PMID:28484675 PMCID:PMC5420198


  • Gil-Loaiza J, White SA, Root RA, Ramirez-Solis A, Hammond C, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2016. Phytostabilization of mine tailings using compost-assisted direct planting: translating greenhouse results to the field. Sci Total Environ 565:451-461. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.168 PMID:27183459 PMCID:PMC4921306
  • Honeker LK, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2016. Resolving colocalization of bacteria and metal(loid)s on plant root surfaces by combining fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with multiple-energy micro-focused X-ray fluorescence (ME μXRF). J Microbiol Methods 131:23-33. doi:10.1016/j.mimet.2016.09.018 PMID:27693754 PMCID:PMC5127750
  • Rodriguez-Freire L, Moore SE, Sierra-Alvarez R, Root RA, Chorover J, Field JA. 2016. Arsenic remediation by formation of arsenic sulfide minerals in a continuous anaerobic bioreactor. Biotechnol Bioeng 113(3):522-530. doi:10.1002/bit.25825 PMID:26333155 PMCID:PMC4729605


  • Nelson KN, Neilson JW, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2015. Abundance and activity of 16S rRNA, AmoA and NifH bacterial genes during assisted phytostabilization of mine tailings. Int J Phytoremediation 17(1-6):493-502. doi:10.1080/15226514.2014.935284 PMID:25495940 PMCID:PMC4269300
  • Ramirez-Andreotta M, Brusseau ML, Artiola JF, Maier RM, Gandolfi A. 2015. Building a co-created citizen science program with gardeners neighboring a superfund site: The Gardenroots case study. Int Public Health J 7(1):PMID:25954473 PMCID:PMC4420190
  • Root RA, Hayes SM, Hammond C, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2015. Toxic metal(loid) speciation during weathering of iron sulfide mine tailings under semi-arid climate. Appl Geochem 62:131-149. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.01.005 PMID:26549929 PMCID:PMC4632981




  • Hayes SM, Webb SM, Bargar JR, O'Day PA, Maier RM, Chorover J. 2012. Geochemical weathering increases lead bioaccessibility in semi-arid mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 46(11):5834-5841. doi:10.1021/es300603s PMID:22553941 PMCID:PMC3376710
  • Solis-Dominguez FA, White SA, Hutter TB, Amistadi M, Root RA, Chorover J, Maier RM. 2012. Response of key soil parameters during compost-assisted phytostabilization in extremely acidic tailings: Effect of plant species. Environ Sci Technol 46(2):1019-1027. doi:10.1021/es202846n PMID:22191663 PMCID:PMC3263829





  • Grandlic CJ, Mendez MO, Chorover J, Machado B, Maier RM. 2008. Identification of plant growth-promoting bacteria suitable for Phytostabilization of mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 42(6):2079-2084. doi:10.1021/es072013j
  • Grandlic CJ, Mendez MO, Maier RM, Chorover J, Machado B. 2008. Plant growth-promoting bacteria for phytostabilization of mine tailings. Environ Sci Technol 42(6):2079-2084. PMID:18409640
  • Maier RM, Mendez MO. 2008. Phytostabilization of mine tailings in arid and semiarid environments - an emerging remediation technology. Environ Health Perspect 116(3):278-283. PMID:18335091
  • Mendez MO, Maier RM. 2008. Phytoremediafion of mine tailings in temperate and arid environments. Rev Environ Sci Biotechnol 7:47-59. doi:10.1007/s11157-007-9125-4 PMID:10819204
  • Mendez MO, Neilson JW, Maier RM. 2008. Characterization of a bacterial community in an abandoned semiarid lead-zinc mine tailing site. Appl Environ Microbiol 74(12):3899-3907. doi:10.1128/AEM.02883-07 PMID:18424534 PMCID:PMC2446573
  • Mendez MO, Neilson JW, Maier RM. 2008. Microbiological and geochemical characterization of fluvially deposited sulfidic mine tailings. Appl Environ Microbiol 74:3899-3907. PMID:10103249


  • Mendez MO, Glenn EP, Maier RM. 2007. Phytostabilization potential of quailbush for mine tailings: growth, metal accumulation, and microbial community changes. J Environ Qual 36(1):245-253. PMID:17215233
  • Mendez MO, Maier RM. 2007. Phytoremediation of mine tailings in temperate and arid environments. Rev Environ Sci Biotechnol
  • Rosario K, Iverson SL, Henderson DA, Chartrand S, McKeon C, Glenn EP, Maier RM. 2007. Bacterial community changes during plant establishment at the San Pedro River mine tailings site. J Environ Qual 36(5):1249-59. PMID:17636285


  • Brusseau ML, Sandrin SK, Li L, Yolcubal I, Jordan FL, Maier RM. 2006. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 8. The influence of microbial system variability on transport behavior and parameter determination. Water Resour Res 42(4):W04406.
  • Sandrin TR, Kight WB, Maier WJ, Maier RM. 2006. Influence of a nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) on biodegradation of phenanthrene. Biodegradation 17(5):423-435. PMID:16477359


  • Dorn JG, Brusseau ML, Maier RM. 2005. Real-time, in situ monitoring of bioactive zone dynamics in heterogeneous systems. Environ Sci Technol 39(22):8898-8905. PMID:16329198
  • Wang J, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2005. Influence of hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin (HPCD) on the bioavailability and biodegradation of pyrene. Chemosphere 60(5):725-728. PMID:15963811
  • Wang J, Patterson B, Bodour AA, Maier RM, Brusseau ML. 2005. Biodegradation during contaminant transport in porous media: 7 Impact of multiple-degrader community dynamics. Environ Toxicol Chem 24(11):2806-2811. PMID:16398116
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