The relationships of Hg(II) volatilization from a freshwater pond to the abundance ofmer genes in the gene pool of the indigenous microbial community

@article{Barkay1991TheRO,
  title={The relationships of Hg(II) volatilization from a freshwater pond to the abundance ofmer genes in the gene pool of the indigenous microbial community},
  author={Tamar Barkay and Ralph R. Turner and A. VandenBrook and Cynthia A. Liebert},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  year={1991},
  volume={21},
  pages={151-161}
}
The role of biological activities in the reduction and volatilization of Hg(II) from a polluted pond was investigated. Elemental mercury was evolved from pond water immediately following spiking with203Hg(NO3)2, whereas an acclimation period of 36 hours was required in control samples collected from a nearby, unpolluted river before onset of volatilization. Genes encoding the bacterial mercuric reductase enzyme (mer genes) were abundant in DNA fractions extracted from biomass of the pond… CONTINUE READING

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