Volume 86 Issue 19 | p. 35 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 12, 2008

Fungi Mineralize Depleted Uranium

Department: Science & Technology

Certain fungi can colonize surfaces of pieces of depleted uranium and transform the metal into stable minerals. The process could help prevent the toxic metal from leaching into groundwater or being taken up by plants, according to Geoffrey M. Gadd of the University of Dundee, in Scotland, and coworkers (Curr. Biol. 2008, 18, R375). Depleted uranium is the material left after 235U is separated to enrich uranium for use in nuclear reactors and nuclear . . .

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