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Microbial Intervention in Trace Element-containing Industrial Process Streams and Waste Products

  • G. J. Olson
Part of the Dahlem Workshop Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 33)

Abstract

Microorganisms are important agents in solubilization, precipitation, accumulation, and alkylation-dealkylation reactions involving heavy elements in environments associated with industrial process streams and wastes. Such microbial processes may be harmful or beneficial. Microbial resistance to toxic heavy elements often involves metabolic mechanisms causing chemical species transformation. With certain bacteria heavy elements may serve as metabolic energy sources. The presence of chemical species of trace elements in these environments is critical for understanding the mechanisms of microbial heavy-element transformations and optimizing or inhibiting these processes for industrial application and environmental assessment.

Keywords

Activate Sludge Acidic Mine Drainage Hydrogen Sulfide Metal Sulfide Pyrite Oxidation 
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© Dr. S. Bernhard, Dahlem Konferenzen 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. J. Olson
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  1. 1.Chemical and Biodegradation Processes GroupNational Bureau of StandardsUSA

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