Isolation and characterization of mercury-resistant bacteria from sediments of Tagus Estuary (Portugal): implications for environmental and human health risk assessment.

@article{Figueiredo2014IsolationAC,
  title={Isolation and characterization of mercury-resistant bacteria from sediments of Tagus Estuary (Portugal): implications for environmental and human health risk assessment.},
  author={Neusa L L Figueiredo and Jo{\~a}o Paulo Can{\'a}rio and Aida Duarte and Maria Lu{\'i}sa M Serralheiro and Cristina Vaz Avelar de Carvalho},
  journal={Journal of toxicology and environmental health. Part A},
  year={2014},
  volume={77 1-3},
  pages={155-68}
}
Mercury (Hg) contamination of aquatic systems has been recognized as a global and serious problem affecting both human and environmental health. In the aquatic ecosystems, mercurial compounds are microbiologically transformed with methylation responsible for generation of methylmercury (MeHg) and subsequent biomagnification in food chain, consequently increasing the risk of poisoning for humans and wildlife. High levels of Hg, especially MeHg, are known to exist in Tagus Estuary as a result of… CONTINUE READING