Bioaccumulation and biosorption of stable strontium and 90Sr by Oscillatoria homogenea cyanobacterium

  • R. Dabbagh
  • H. Ghafourian
  • A. Baghvand
  • G. R. Nabi
  • H. Riahi
  • M. A. Ahmadi Faghih


The ability of living filamentous cells of the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria homogenea to separate stable strontium and 90Sr from aqueous solution is demonstrated in this study. On a basis of filamentous cell biovolume, the removal were 43.78 nM·ml·(mm3)−1 and 3129.48 mBq·ml·(mm3)−1 after 240 hour incubation. The optimum pH for strontium uptake is 9±0.3. The increasing biovolume of the blue-green alga elevates sorption. In the liquid culture containing 21.2 mm3·ml−1 filamentous cells and 1000 nM·ml−1 initial strontium concentration, the maximum strontium removal was 455.34 nM·ml·(mm3)−1. At 1200 Lux illumination, the maximum removal value was 58.62 nM·ml·(mm3)−1, and at the initial strontium concentration of 6590 nM·ml−1, 235.40 nM·ml·(mm3)−1 removal was observed. The experimental data fitted to Langmuir isotherm and the model parameters and correlation coefficient (R 2) were q max = 7.143 μg·(mm3)−1, b = 0.003 and 0.99, respectively.


Strontium Biosorption Bioaccumulation PIXE Biosorption Capacity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Dabbagh
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Ghafourian
    • 2
  • A. Baghvand
    • 1
  • G. R. Nabi
    • 1
  • H. Riahi
    • 3
  • M. A. Ahmadi Faghih
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EnvironmentTehran UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Nuclear Research CenterAtomic Energy Organization of IranTehranIran
  3. 3.Biology DepartmentShahid Beheshti UniversityTehranIran

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