Methylated metal(loid) species in biological waste treatment

  • R. A. Diaz-Bone
  • B. Menzel
  • A. Barrenstein
  • A. V. Hirner
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Abstract

Biomethylation of metal(loid)s by microorganisms is a process, that fundamentally changes the physico-chemical properties of elements by the addition of methyl groups. In particular, the toxicity, mobility and bioavailability are often increased. Due to bioaccumulation even small environmental concentrations can have harmful effects on the upper levels of the food chain.

Keywords

Fermentation Mercury Europe Sludge Cadmium 

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  • R. A. Diaz-Bone
  • B. Menzel
  • A. Barrenstein
  • A. V. Hirner

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