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High incidence of selenite-resistant bacteria from a site polluted with selenium.

By G A Burton, T H Giddings, P DeBrine and R Fall


The level of selenium-resistant bacteria in water, algal mats, and sediment from Kesterson reservoir, Calif., a site with known selenium pollution, was compared with that in nearby Volta reservoir, a site with low selenium levels. A high percentage (greater than 50%) of all isolates from the Kesterson samples were resistant to 10 mM selenite. In contrast, only a small percentage of the Volta isolates were resistant to this level of selenite. The identity of some selenite-resistant isolates and MICs of selenite, selenate, arsenate, tellurite, and tellurate were determined

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1987
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