Mercury biotransformations and their potential for remediation of mercury contamination
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- Barkay, T., Turner, R., Saouter, E. et al. Biodegradation (1992) 3: 147. doi:10.1007/BF00129080
Bacterially mediated ionic mercury reduction to volatile Hg0 was shown to play an important role in the geochemical cycling of mercury in a contaminated freshwater pond. This process, and the degradation of methylmercury, could be stimulated to reduce the concentration of methylmercury that is available for accumulation by biota. A study testing the utility of this approach is described.
Key wordsbioremediationinorganic mercuryorganomercury
inorganic mercury resistance
sulfate reducing bacteria