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Microbial bioremediation is the use of prokaryotes (or microbial metabolism) to remove pollutants. The reduction of SeO4−2 to SeO3−2 and to Se0 (metallic selenium) is a method used to remove selenium ions from water. These bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can convert Hg+2 into Hg0, which is nontoxic to humans.
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