Soil fungi reduce the iron content and the DNA damaging effects of asbestos fibers.

@article{Daghino2006SoilFR,
  title={Soil fungi reduce the iron content and the DNA damaging effects of asbestos fibers.},
  author={Stefania Daghino and Francesco Turci and Maura Tomatis and Alain Favier and Silvia Perotto and Thierry Douki and Bice Fubini},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2006},
  volume={40 18},
  pages={5793-8}
}
Some soil fungi growing on asbestos fibers release chelators and antioxidants. The bioweathering potential of fungi has thus been envisaged as a possible route for bioremediation of asbestos rich soils, where no inactivation procedures have been established so far. The present study reports fungal-mediated modification of the surface reactivity of the fibers and of their potential to damage DNA in vitro. Verticillium sp. and Paecilomyces sp. were selected among the fungi isolated from fragments… CONTINUE READING