One suggestion for desorbing bacteria from iron flocs would be to lower the
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
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
state on iron binding by Bacillus licheniformis capsule. Appl. Environ.
Microbiol. 58: 405 - 408.
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