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Geomicrobial interactions with arsenic and antimony

June 16, 2015

Although arsenic and antimony are generally toxic to life, some microorganisms exist that can metabolize certain forms of these elements. Some can use arsenite or stibnite as potential or sole energy sources, whereas others can use aresenate and antimonite (as was discovered only recently) as terminal electron acceptors. Still other microbes can metabolize arsenic and antimony compounds to detoxify them. These reactions are important from a geomicrobial standpoint because they indicate that a number of microbes contribute to arsenic and antimony mobilization or immobilization in the environment and play a role in arsenic and antimony cycles. Recent reviews include five on prokaryotes and arsenic metabolism, a review with an arsenic perspective on biomining, and a series on environmental antimony, including one about antimony and its interaction with microbiota.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Geomicrobial interactions with arsenic and antimony
DOI 10.1201/b19121-16
Authors Ronald S. Oremland
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70159642
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Research Program - Western Branch

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