Fumigant methyl iodide can methylate inorganic mercury species in natural waters.

@article{Yin2014FumigantMI,
  title={Fumigant methyl iodide can methylate inorganic mercury species in natural waters.},
  author={Yongguang Yin and Yanbin Li and Chao Tai and Yong Cai and Guibin Jiang},
  journal={Nature communications},
  year={2014},
  volume={5},
  pages={
          4633
        }
}
Methyl iodide or iodomethane (CH3I) has recently been registered as a fumigant in many countries, although its environmental impacts are not well understood. Here we report the results of a study on the methylation of mercury by CH3I in natural water by incubation experiments using both Hg ((199)HgCl2 and CH3(201)Hg(+))- and hydrogen (CD3I)-stable isotope addition techniques. We find that methylation of Hg(0), Hg2(2+) and Hg(2+) by CH3I can occur in natural water under sunlight, while only Hg(0… CONTINUE READING
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