Desorbtion of bacteria from flocs

BOB MCLEAN RM12 at swt.edu
Wed Sep 24 16:11:15 EST 1997


One suggestion for desorbing bacteria from iron flocs would be to lower the
pH. 
Typically anionic bacterial cell surfaces bind Fe quite well, however the iron
will dissociate in the presence of H+ ions (i.e. low pH) generally below pH
5. 
Alternatively, Fe flocs can be dissolved if the mixture is subjected to
reducing conditions.  A few years ago, I did a study on this phenomenon.  The
journal citation is:

R.J.C. McLean, D. Beauchemin, and T.J. Beveridge. 1992.  Influence of
oxidation
state on iron binding by Bacillus licheniformis capsule.  Appl. Environ.
Microbiol. 58: 405 - 408.

Good luck

Bob McLean
Dept. Biology
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Tx 78666
USA
(512)245-3365 phone
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Email:  RM12 at swt.edu





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