Organomercurial-volatilizing bacteria in the mercury-polluted sediment of Minamata Bay, Japan.

  title={Organomercurial-volatilizing bacteria in the mercury-polluted sediment of Minamata Bay, Japan.},
  author={Kiyohiko Nakamura and Mineshi Sakamoto and Hiroo Uchiyama and Osami Yagi},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={56 1},
A total of 4,604 bacterial strains isolated from the sediments of Minamata Bay and nearby low-level-mercury stations (control stations) were screened for the ability to volatilize mercury from inorganic and organic mercurial compounds. The strains that volatilize mercury from several kinds of organomercurials were found only in the sediments of Minamata Bay. 

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