Biotransformations of Mercury Compounds

  • Anne O. Summers
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 45)


The ability of bacteria to convert inorganic and organic mercury compounds to less toxic, volatile elemental mercury is among the most widely found plasmid-determined bacterial phenotypes. It is the best understood microbial metal transformation at levels of analysis from molecular genetics and biochemistry to population biology (4, 14). Mercury compounds are important contaminants in some environmental sites.


Mercury Compound Detoxification System Mercuric Acetate Mercury Resistance merA Gene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne O. Summers
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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