Metal speciation and microbial growth-the hard ( and soft ) facts

Micro-organisms require certain metallic elements for growth and function (Hughes & Poole, 1989). These include, for example, the bulk elements potassium and magnesium, and trace elements such as manganese, iron, copper, zinc and molybdenum. Essential metals are shown in Fig. 1, the Periodic Table. The need for these essential metals is, or should be… CONTINUE READING