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Main Title Sorption of Heavy Metals by the Soil Fungi 'Aspergillus niger' and Mucor rouxii.
Author Mullen, M. D. ; Wolf, D. C. ; Beveridge, T. J. ; Bailey., G. W. ;
CORP Author Environmental Research Lab., Athens, GA. ;Tennessee Univ. at Martin. ;Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville. Dept. of Agronomy. ;Guelph Univ. (Ontario). Dept. of Microbiology.
Publisher c1992
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA/600/J-92/155;
Stock Number PB92-179811
Additional Subjects Heavy metals ; Sorption ; Soil microorganisms ; Land pollution ; Fungi ; Cells(Biology) ; Immobilization ; Biomass ; Electron microscopy ; Microbiology ; Silver ; Lanthanum ; Inorganic salt ; X ray analysis ; Chemical bonds ; Colloids ; Isotherms ; Cadmium ; Copper ; Reprints ; Aspergillus niger ; Mucor rouxii
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Sorption of the nitrate salts of cadmium(II), copper(II), lanthanum(III) and silver(I) by two fungi, Aspergillus niger and Mucor rouxii, was evaluated using Freundlich adsorption isotherms and energy dispersive X-ray electron microscopy. The linearized Freundlich isotherm described the metal sorption data well for metal concentrations of 5 microM-1 mM metal. Differences in metal binding were observed among metals, as well as between fungal species. Calculated Freundlich K values indicated that metal binding decreased in the order La(3+) > or = Ag(+) > Cu(2+) > Cd(2+). However, sorption of Ag(+) was greater than that of La(3+) from solutions of 0.1 and 1 mM metal and likely due to precipitation at the cell wall surface. At the 1 mM initial concentration, there were no significant differences between the two fungi in metal sorption, except for Ag(+) binding. At the 5 microM concentration, there was no difference between the fungi in their sorption capacities for the four metals. Electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray analysis indicated that silver precipitated onto cells as colloidal silver. The results indicate that Freundlich isotherms may be useful for describing short-term metal sorption by fungal biomass and for comparison with other soil constituents in standardized systems. (Copyright (c) 1992 Pergamon Press plc.)