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Biosorption Capacity for Cadmium of Brown Seaweed Sargassum sinicola and Sargassum lapazeanum in the Gulf of California


Brown algae Sargassum sinicola and Sargassum lapazeanum were tested as cadmium biosorbents in coastal environments close to natural and enriched areas of phosphorite ore. Differences in the concentration of cadmium in these brown algae were found, reflecting the bioavailability of the metal ion in seawater at several sites. In the laboratory, maximum biosorption capacity (q max) of cadmium by these nonliving algae was determined according to the Langmuir adsorption isotherm as 62.42 ± 0.44 mg g−1 with the affinity constant (b) of 0.09 and 71.20 ± 0.80 with b of 0.03 for S. sinicola and S. lapazeanum, respectively. Alginate yield was 19.16 ± 1.52% and 12.7 ± 1.31%, respectively. Although S. sinicola had far lower biosorption capacity than S. lapazeanum, the affinity for cadmium for S. sinicola makes this alga more suitable as a biosorbent because of its high q max and large biomass on the eastern coast of the Baja California Peninsula. Sargassum biomass was estimated at 180,000 t, with S. sinicola contributing to over 70%.

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We thank to Dora L. Arvizu Higuera and Sonia Rodriguez Astudillo of the laboratory of CICIMAR-IPN and Baudilio Acosta, Alejandra Mazariegos, and Orlando Lugo of CIBNOR. Ira Fogel of CIBNOR provided editorial improvements. Funding was provided by Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (grants EP 3.3, PC 2.0, and PC 2.1). M.P.P. is a recipient of a CONACYT doctoral fellowship.

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Patrón-Prado, M., Casas-Valdez, M., Serviere-Zaragoza, E. et al. Biosorption Capacity for Cadmium of Brown Seaweed Sargassum sinicola and Sargassum lapazeanum in the Gulf of California. Water Air Soil Pollut 221, 137–144 (2011).

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  • Alginate
  • Biosorption
  • Cadmium
  • Gulf of California
  • Sargassum