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Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

, Volume 212, Issue 1–4, pp 123–139 | Cite as

Influence of the Iron-Reducing Bacteria on the Release of Heavy Metals in Anaerobic River Sediment

  • Catherine Gounou
  • Noureddine BousserrhineEmail author
  • Gilles Varrault
  • Jean-Marie Mouchel
Article

Abstract

The impact of autochthonous anaerobic bacteria on the release of metals in river sediment was studied. The sediments were characterized and bacterial activity was monitored in a batch reactor, where the sediments were incubated with a synthetic substrate solution containing glucose as carbon source. The results showed that metal release was correlated to the bacterial growth (carbon mineralization). In particular, a relationship between iron reduction and metal release was observed indicating that iron-reducing bacteria had a strong influence. By reductive dissolution of iron oxides, bacteria also released their associated toxic elements into the liquid phase. While organic analysis showed acetate and butyrate production leading to a decrease in pH and indicating a Clostridium fermentative bacteria activity, the results did not indicate any direct role of organic acids in the dissolution of iron and their associated metals.

Keywords

Trace metals Microorganisms River sediments Fermentation Iron-reducing bacteria 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to Research Ministry and the University Paris Est for their financial and technical support and also to the Service of the Navigation of Seine for their authorization and technical support for the sediment sampling.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Gounou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Noureddine Bousserrhine
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gilles Varrault
    • 2
  • Jean-Marie Mouchel
    • 3
  1. 1.UMR 7618 BioEMCo, IBIOSUniversité Paris 12-Val de MarneCréteil CedexFrance
  2. 2.Université Paris-Est, CereveUMR-MA102 - AgroParisTechCréteil CedexFrance
  3. 3.Sisyphe UMR 7619Université Pierre et Marie CurieParis Cedex 05France

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