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Metal Resistance and Accumulation in Cyanobacteria

  • Marli F. Fiore
  • David H. Moon
  • Jack T. Trevors
Part of the Biotechnology Intelligence Unit book series (BIOIU)

Abstract

The indiscriminate discharge of metals into the environment generated from various industrial processes, modern agricultural practices, acid mine drainage and human wastes, has long been recognized as an important source of these pollutant. Metals constitute more than 75% of all known elements and occupy groups 1A to 6A (representative metals), groups 1B to 8B (transition metals) and the lanthanide and actinide metals.1 The term “heavy metals” has been redefined over the years and although not completely satisfactory from a chemical point of view, the most widely used is those elements with a density greater than 5 g/cm3. The definition problem has been thoroughly discussed by Gadd2 and to avoid further confusion the term heavy metal will not be used here.

Keywords

Plectonema Boryanum Polyphosphate Body Nostoc Muscorum Cyanobacterium Anacystis Nidulans Anabaena Doliolum 
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  • Marli F. Fiore
  • David H. Moon
  • Jack T. Trevors

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