Microbes in Basalt Thrive on a Mixed diet of Toxic Wastes
http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/bug-eating-microbes.html

Paul Preuss, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory


Berkley lab news site on the bacterium Arthrobacter oxydans. This bacterium was found Seventy-five meters beneath the surface of a site in Idaho where radioactive waste has been stored for more than 40 years, the microbe living in the pores and crevices of dry basaltic rock was able to reduce a toxic form of chromium to a much less toxic form in the presence of volatile organic wastes. In addition to the article this site provides links to the lab's home page, index, and other news articles.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Extreme Environments: Altered by Humans
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Ecology:MetabolismKeywords: hexavalent chromium, petroleum, hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, VOC, toxic, Polyvalent metal, Arthrobacter oxydans, toluene