Journal of Industrial Microbiology

, Volume 14, Issue 3–4, pp 343–348

An evaluation ofmer-specified reduction of ionic mercury as a remedial tool of a mercury-contaminated freshwater pond

  • Erwan Saouter
  • Mark Gillman
  • Tamar Barkay
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01569949

Cite this article as:
Saouter, E., Gillman, M. & Barkay, T. Journal of Industrial Microbiology (1995) 14: 343. doi:10.1007/BF01569949

Summary

The potential former-mediated reduction/volatilization of ionic mercury as a tool in the decontamination of a freshwater pond was evaluated using laboratory incubations and a microcosm simulation. In flask assays inoculations with ionic mercury-resistant bacteria (105−107 cells ml−1) isolated from the pond, significantly increased the rate of mercury loss (MANOVA,P≤0.05) relative to uninoculated controls. The effects of cell density, mercuric mercury concentration, addition of nutrients and supplementation with the sulfhydryl reagent β-mercaptoethanol on the rate of mercury loss, were investigated. Inoculation (by 105 cells ml−1) of a flow-through microcosm that simulated the cycling of mercury in the contaminated pond, stimulated by more than 4-fold the formation of volatile elemental mercury. Thus, biological formation of volatile mercury may hold a promise as a remedial tool of contaminated natural waters.

Key words

Mercury contamination Mercuric reductase Microcosms Remediation 

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© Society for Industrial Microbiology 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erwan Saouter
    • 1
  • Mark Gillman
    • 1
  • Tamar Barkay
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Environmental Diagnostics and BioremediationUniversity of West FloridaGulf BreezeUSA
  2. 2.US EPA Environmental Research LaboratoryGulf BreezeUSA
  3. 3.Procter & GambleEuropean Technical CenterStrombeek-beverBelgium

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