Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 687–692

Microbes and metals

  • H. L. Ehrlich

DOI: 10.1007/s002530051116

Cite this article as:
Ehrlich, H. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (1997) 48: 687. doi:10.1007/s002530051116


Many base metals and a few precious metals as well as some metalloids can be enzymatically or non-enzymatically concentrated and dispersed by microbes in their environment. Some of these activities are commercially exploited or have a potential for it. This article summarizes these activities and the commercial or potentially commercial use of some of them.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. L. Ehrlich
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590 USA Tel.: +1 518 276 8428 Fax: 518 276 2344 e-mail: ehrlih@rpi.eduUS

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