Aldrin: Removal from Lake Water by Flocculent Bacteria

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Science  04 Sep 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3949, pp. 993-995
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3949.993


Floc-forming bacteria isolated from Lake Erie adsorb and concentrate aldrin from colloidal dispersion so that the settling of the bacterial flocs removes aldrin from the water phase. Contemporary sediments forming in Lake Erie contain aldrin and could adsorb more. The sediments consist of a conglomerate floc of bacteria, diatoms, and inorganic and detrital particles. Flocculent bacteria also adsorb microparticulates, and this adsorption capacity represents a mechanism for sediment formation and for the removal of suspended particles including aldrin from the water column.

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