Microbial metal transformations

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    There is considerable interest in how microbiological processes can affect the behaviour of metal contaminants in natural and engineered environments and their potential for bioremediation. The extent to which microorganisms can affect metal contaminants is dependent on the identity and chemical form of the metal and the physical and chemical nature of the contaminated site or substance. In general terms, microbial processes which solubilize metals increase their bioavailability and potential toxicity, whereas those that immobilize them reduce bioavailability. The balance between mobilization and immobilization varies depending on the metal, the organisms, their environment and physico-chemical conditions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-88
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Microbiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Metal immobilization
    • Metal mobilization
    • Toxic metals

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Microbiology
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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