Question on metal exposure

K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Tue May 13 11:14:12 EST 1997

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> Can anyone help me?  I need to know how microbiota are exposed to 
> in soils - i.e. do they take up metals only from the soil solution or
> can they obtain them from solid phases also (adsorbed ions for
> example)?  Also will microbes only be exposed to free metal ions or 
> complexed species available to them as well?
> Many thanks in advance
For what it is worth,A PhD student of mine (Dr R Paul Bardos now at 
Nottingham Trent University) carried out some work on relating metal 
tolerances of soil bacterial isolates to "ambient heavy metal levels". 
There was no relationship with total metal. (We didn't really expect 
there to be). Little relationship to "extracted" metal levels, using the 
various popular extractants. The best relationship was with metal levels 
in soil solution derived from either centrifuged solution or solution 
displaced with organic solvent.These soil solutions could have included 
both ionic and complexed forms.
Peter Harris,
Department of Soil Science,
The University of Reading, UK.
AKA <P.J.Harris at reading.ac.uk>

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