Uptake of Re(VII) from aqueous solutions by Bacillus sp. GT-83-23

Bioresour Technol. 2009 Jan;100(2):603-8. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2008.06.065. Epub 2008 Aug 26.


Thirty-eight water samples were collected from various areas of Anzali lagoon, Iran. Initial screening of a total of 100 bacterial isolates, resulted in the selection of one isolate with maximum adsorption capacity. It was tentatively identified as Bacillus sp. and named strain GT-83-23. The optimum pH of the medium was found to be 2.0 for Re(VII) adsorption. Uptakes of Re(VII) increased with increasing Re(VII) concentration and decreased sharply by the presence of increasing concentrations of NaCl. The kinetic of Re(VII) sorption by Bacillus sp. GT-83-23 was fast, reaching more than 62% of the total sorption capacity within 5 min. As the cell concentration increased, the amount of Re(VII) adsorbed by each cell (specific uptake) decreased, whereas the total amount of Re(VII) adsorbed enhanced. Cells immobilized in calcium alginate gel took up 77% of the Re(VII). The binding of Re(VII) on the Bacillus sp. GT-83-23 was studied with micro-PIXE.

MeSH terms

  • Bacillus / classification*
  • Bacillus / metabolism*
  • Bioreactors / microbiology*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources / methods*
  • Rhenium / isolation & purification*
  • Rhenium / metabolism*
  • Species Specificity
  • Water / metabolism*


  • Water
  • Rhenium