Arsenic sequestration by nitrate respiring microbial communities in urban lake sediments. Chemosphere, 70(2), 329-336

Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA.
Chemosphere (Impact Factor: 3.34). 12/2007; 70(2):329-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2007.05.094
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Changes in microbial community composition and activity were related to geochemical conditions favoring arsenic sequestration in sediments collected from the urban, arsenic-contaminated Upper Mystic Lake. After amendment with nitrate, >94% total soluble arsenic is sequestered by Fe(III)-(oxy)hydroxides generated in live sediments. Of this sequestered arsenic, >75% existed as As(III), indicating As redox state alone is not responsible for changes in mobility. Arsenic sequestration was concurrent with the microbial respiration of nitrate as indicated by steady state hydrogen concentration and the presence of organisms similar to nitrate-reducing, iron-oxidizing bacteria belonging to the genus Dechloromonas in 16S rDNA clone libraries.

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    • "carbon . Nitrate is known to strongly influence Fe and accordingly As , and also meditates As ( III ) oxidation to As ( V ) ( Gibney and Nusslein , 2007 ; Hohmann et al . , 2011 ; Senn and Hemond , 2002 "
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    • "Meanwhile, in oxic conditions , adsorption of As on aquifer sediments occurs in the alluvial fans, which leads to low As concentrations in Cluster III (Fig. 6c), although the grains are coarse in the alluvial fans with low adsorption capacity for As (Stumm, 1992). Other researchers have also indicated that the reductive dissolution of Fe (hydr)oxides is largely suppressed because that NO 3 strongly buffers the redox potential and As would be adsorbed on Fe minerals in the NO 3 reduction environment (Guo et al., 2011; Kim et al., 2009; Nickson et al., 2000; Senn and Hemond, 2002; Gibney and Nüsslein, 2007). As free oxygen is consumed along the flow path, NO 3 becomes the first to be electron acceptor in the process of organic matter oxidation by microorganisms, which leads to the decrease in NO 3 concentration (Guo et al., 2011). "
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