•Effect of pH on copper extraction during bioleaching of low grade copper sulfide.•Detailed quantitative study of microbial dynamics in leachate and on ore surface.•The microbial structure on ore surface is independent of that in the leachate.•Microbial richness and evenness increase with decreasing pH during bioleaching.•pH has significant effects on microbial succession in leachate and on ore surface.
Bioresource Technology – Elsevier
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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