, Volume 31, Issue 9, pp 1064–1065 | Cite as

The methylation of mercuric chloride by human intestinal bacteria

  • I. R. Rowland
  • P. Grasso
  • M. J. Davies


Most strains of staphylococci, streptococci, yeasts andE. coli isolated from human faeces, could synthesize methylmercury compounds. In contrast, few strains of obligate anaerobes could do so. Up to 6 ng methylmercury/ml were formed in 44 h from 2 μg mercuric chloride.


Methylation Chloride Staphylococcus Methylmercury Mercuric Chloride 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. R. Rowland
    • 1
  • P. Grasso
    • 1
  • M. J. Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.British Industrial Biological Research AssociationCarshaltonEngland

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