Journal of the Geological Society of India

, Volume 91, Issue 5, pp 575–582 | Cite as

Exploratory Study of Archaebacteria and their Habitat in Underground, Opencast Coal Mines and Coal Mine Fire Areas of Dhanbad

  • D. Mukherjee
  • V. A. SelviEmail author
  • J. Ganguly
  • L. C. Ram
  • R. E. Masto
Research Articles


Coal contains abundant microbial genera which include archaebacteria. The study of archaea kingdom in coal mines is a significant tool for knowing the relationship between coal and archaebacteria, the major role in geochemical cycle and application for further coal bio–beneficiation. The present study related to exploration of archaebacteria and their habitat in coal mining area of Dhanbad with reference to their ecology and nutrient availability that have evolve to grow under extreme conditions. Total six different sites such as two underground coal mines (Sudamdih shaft and Chasnalla underground mine), two opencast coal mines (Chandan project and Bhowra abandoned mine), Jharia mine fire and Sudamdih coal washery of Dhanbad was selected. Seven gram negative obligate anaerobic bacteria were isolated from the selected sites. The isolated species were rod and cocci shaped and the colony was round, smooth, off white in colour and with entire margin and little are cluster of cocci in shape. The isolated species were identified as Methanococcus spp, Methanobacterium spp and Methanosarcina spp. Apart from that two thermoacidophilic sulfur oxidizing bacteria Sulfolobus spp was also isolated from Jharia Coal Mine Fire. The physicochemical and biological characterization of the habitat was also studied for the entire selected area.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Mukherjee
    • 1
  • V. A. Selvi
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Ganguly
    • 2
  • L. C. Ram
    • 1
  • R. E. Masto
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Industrial Biotechnology and Waste Utilization Division, Digwadih Campus, PO-FRIDhanbadIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Department of Chemistry, PO- Botanical GardenHowrahIndia

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