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The Impact of Microorganisms on the Behaviour of Actinides in Natural EnvironmentsSelenska-Pobell, S.
The behaviour of uranium and other actinides in the environment is strongly influenced by a broad range of biogeochemical factors and also by their own, often very complex chemistry. The major biotic factors in the radioactively polluted environments are the unicellular prokaryotic microorganisms (bacteria and archaea) which, in contrast to the other forms of life on Earth, possess fascinating robustness to these extremely harsh and life-unfriendly surroundings. Microorganisms have developed very effective protection mechanisms against radionuclides and other heavy metals which are based on their ability for oxidative or reductive biotransformations, bioaccumulation, and/or biomineralization of these toxic elements (1 - 3).
Invited lecture (Conferences)
Actinide XAS 2008, 15.-17.07.2008, Soleil, France