Volume 90 Issue 40 | p. 53 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 1, 2012

Microbe Metabolism Aids Metal Cleanup

Genomics survey of bacteria could boost scientists’ efforts at bioremediation of heavy metals at contaminated sites
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: bioremediation, microbes, bacteria, metabolism, uranium

At a former vanadium- and uranium-processing site in Colorado, geomicrobiologists have uncovered a community of anaerobic bacteria that make a living through diverse metabolisms, some of which have never been seen before in bacteria (Science, 10.1126/science.1224041). The discovery could aid bioremediation of contaminated sites to remove toxic heavy metals. To stimulate bacterial growth at the contaminated site, . . .

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