Welcome to MIND
Viable microorganisms can be found in most, if not all subterranean environments investigated, that has a temperature below 110 °C. The only environmental limitations for subterranean life seem to be temperature, water availability and supply of electron donors and acceptors. The conditions for life in each and every repository will be defined by local conditions and types of wastes and barriers. Several general questions apply to all repository types, and the status of knowledge varies significantly from repository to repository.
However, microbial processes are missing in the current Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), and in this project we will evaluate how knowledge about microbial processes can be merged into present safety models and concepts.