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Anaerobes into heavy metal: Dissimilatory metal reduction in anoxic environments

Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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DOI: 10.1016/0169-5347(93)90102-U

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Abstract

Within the last decade, a novel form of microbial metabolism of major environmental significance has been elucidated. In this process, known as dissimilatory metal reduction, specialized microorganisms, living in anoxic aquatic sediments and ground water, oxidize organic compounds to carbon dioxide with metals serving as the oxidant. Recent studies have demonstrated that this metabolism explains a number of important geochemical phenomena in ancient and modern sedimentary environments, affecting not only the cycling of metals but also the fate of organic matter. Furthermore, this metabolism may have practical application in remediation of environments contaminated with toxic metals and/or organics.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Anaerobes into heavy metal: Dissimilatory metal reduction in anoxic environments
Series title:
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI:
10.1016/0169-5347(93)90102-U
Volume
8
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1993
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
213
Last page:
217
Number of Pages:
5