Uranium Bioreduction and Biomineralization

Rehemanjiang Wufuer, Yongyang Wei, Qinghua Lin, Huawei Wang, Wenjuan Song, Wen Liu, Daoyong Zhang, Xiangliang Pan (Lead / Corresponding author), Geoffrey Michael Gadd

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Following the development of nuclear science and technology, uranium contamination has been an ever increasing concern worldwide because of its potential for migration from the waste repositories and long-term contaminated environments. Physical and chemical techniques for uranium pollution are expensive and challenging. An alternative to these technologies is microbially mediated uranium bioremediation in contaminated water and soil environments due to its reduced cost and environmental friendliness. To date, four basic mechanisms of uranium bioremediation-uranium bioreduction, biosorption, biomineralization, and bioaccumulation-have been established, of which uranium bioreduction and biomineralization have been studied extensively. The objective of this review is to provide an understanding of recent developments in these two fields in relation to relevant microorganisms, mechanisms, influential factors, and obstacles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Applied Microbiology
EditorsGeoffrey Michael Gadd, Sima Sariaslani
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780128120477
ISBN (Print)9780128120460
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Applied Microbiology
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
ISSN (Print)0065-2164


  • Biomineralization
  • Bioreduction
  • Bioremediation
  • Uranium


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