Mercury biotransformations and their potential for remediation of mercury contamination

Tamar Barkay, Ralph Turner, Erwan Saouter, Joanne Horn

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Bacterially mediated ionic mercury reduction to volatile Hg0 was shown to play an important role in the geochemical cycling of mercury in a contaminated freshwater pond. This process, and the degradation of methylmercury, could be stimulated to reduce the concentration of methylmercury that is available for accumulation by biota. A study testing the utility of this approach is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pollution
  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Environmental Chemistry


  • bioremediation
  • inorganic mercury
  • organomercury


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