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|Title:||Microbial solubilization of heavy metals from soil using indigenous sulfur oxidizing bacterium: Effects of sulfur/soil ratio|
|Abstract:||Present study assesses efficiency of bioleaching to decontaminate heavy metal laden soil affected by tannery effluent employing sulfur oxidizing bacterium, Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans. Concentrations of predominant heavy metals were Cd, 9; Cu, 95; Cr, 11800; Pb, 85; and Zn, 238 mg/kg. Irrespective of sulfur/soil ratio (0.14, 0.21, 0.29, 0.43 and 0.57), pH dropped from near neutral to below 1 over a period of 28 days; drop in pH was rapid when the ratio was 0.57 and it took only 6 days for pH to drop from 7.12 to 0.94. Production of sulphate (22-45 g/l) increased with rise in sulfur/soil ratio. Solubilization of heavy metals was: Cd, 44-57; Cu, 60-92; Cr, 72-81; Pb, 39-56; and Zn, 55-94%.|
|Appears in Collections:||JSIR Vol.66(08) [August 2007]|
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