heavy metal fungal growth

Russ Bulluck lrbulluc at unity.ncsu.edu
Sat Mar 6 15:49:26 EST 1999

Patrick McGonigal wrote:

> Please could someone help - I'm studying the effect of copper sulphate on
> fungal growth. It seems to inhibit it, presumably because of the Cu2+ ion
> acting as an irreversible enzyme inhibitor in the same way as mercury etc.
> Any information, or even just ideas, would be gratefully appreciated.
> Thanks, paddy_mcgonigal at hotmail.com

> There are people working on the use of fungi to remove heavy metals
> (especially Cu, and Zn) here at North Carolina State University.
> Aspergillus niger is the bug in question, and Mike Price, a graduate student
> in the plant pathology department is working on the project.

Russ Bulluck
Ph.D. Student
Department of Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University
PO Box 7616
Raleigh, NC  27695-7616

The soil population is so complex that it manifestly cannot
be dealt with as a whole with any detail by any one person,
and at the same time it plays so important a part in the soil
economy that it must be studied.
--Sir E. John Russell
The Micro-organisms of the Soil, 1923

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