Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 44, Issue 1–2, pp 143–158 | Cite as

Copper toxicity and chemistry in the environment: a review

  • C. A. Flemming
  • J. T. Trevors
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Abstract

Copper compounds have been widely used in industrial processes and agriculture. As a result, elevated Cu concentrations can be found in certain areas of the biosphere. To better understand the toxicity of Cu to organisms it is necessary to understand the mechanism by which Cu influences biological and chemical processes in the environment. This review will examine Cu toxicity, microbial resistance mechanisms and factors influencing Cu speciation and toxicity in the environment

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. A. Flemming
    • 1
  • J. T. Trevors
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Biology, Chemistry-Microbiology Bldg.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

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