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APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, Vol. 77, No. 13 (July 2011), p. 4693–4696; doi:10.1128/AEM.02539-10
Microorganisms in diverse terrestrial surface and subsurface environments can anaerobically catalyze the oxidative dissolution of uraninite. While a limited quantity (~5 to 12 μmol liter-1) of uranium is oxidatively dissolved in pure culture studies, the metabolism is coupled to electron transport, providing the potential of uraninite to support indigenous microbial populations and to solubilize uranium.
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