ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Isolation and Identification of Achromobacter denitrificans and Evaluation of its Capacity in Cadmium Removal
Hajar Abyar1, Alireza Safahieh1, Hossein Zolgharnein1, Issac Zamani2
 
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1Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Oceanography,
Khorramshahr University of Marine Science and Technology, Iran
2Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Isfahan University, Iran
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2012;21(6):1523–1527
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Cadmium is a persistent and toxic contaminant of aquatic ecosystems. The objectives of our present study were to isolate and identify cadmium-resistant bacteria from polluted sediment of Khor Musa (Persian Gulf) and study their capacity in cadmium biosorption. The results showed that among different isolated bacterial species, A. denitrificans strain PQ-1 was the most resistant bacteria against cadmium. Results also indicated that metal biosorption by A. denitrificans strain PQ-1 is capable of excluding 55.1%, 50.7%, and 43.5% of the cadmium from 25, 50, and 100 mg/l concentrations, respectively. It is suggested that using the biosorption ability of A. denitrificans strain PQ-1 could be a low-cost technique in heavy metal removal.
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