Microbial Ecology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 81–89

Anaerobic dissolution of iron-phosphorus complexes in sediment due to the activity of nitrate-reducing bacteria

  • Mats Jansson

DOI: 10.1007/BF02011573

Cite this article as:
Jansson, M. Microb Ecol (1987) 14: 81. doi:10.1007/BF02011573


Nitrate-reducing bacteria (Pseudomonas fluorescens andAlcaligenes sp.) as well as extracellular compounds from these bacteria increased the dissolution rate of iron and phosphorus sorbed to iron precipitates during anaerobic, nitrate-free conditions in experimental sediment-water systems. It is suggested that the influence of the bacteria is due to enzymatic catalyzation of chemical iron reduction.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mats Jansson
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  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden