Mercury accumulation and volatilization in immobilized algal cell systems


Rapid removal of mercury from growth medium and its uptake by free and alginate-entrappedChlorella has been observed. Immobilized cell systems accumulated more mercury than free cell systems. In addition, both volatilized significant quantities of mercury. Studies show, however, that mercury lost in this way may re-enter the aqueous phase and subsequently be accumulated by immobilized cells.

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Wilkinson, S.C., Goulding, K.H. & Robinson, P.K. Mercury accumulation and volatilization in immobilized algal cell systems. Biotechnol Lett 11, 861–864 (1989).

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  • Mercury
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Aqueous Phase
  • Growth Medium
  • Bioorganic Chemistry