Ecological aspects of microorganisms inhabiting uranium mill tailings

  title={Ecological aspects of microorganisms inhabiting uranium mill tailings},
  author={Christine L. Miller and Edward R. Landa and David M. Updegraff},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
Numbers and types of microorganisms in uranium mill tailings were determined using culturing techniques.Arthrobacter were found to be the predominant microorganism inhabiting the sandy tailings, whereasBacillus and fungi predominated in the slime tailings. Sulfate-reducing bacteria, capable of leaching radium, were isolated in low numbers from tailings samples but were isolated in significantly high numbers from topsoil in contact with the tailings. The results are placed in the context of the… CONTINUE READING

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