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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:10, October, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(10): 2062-2076

Screening of Multi-Metal Tolerant Halophilic Bacteria for Heavy Metal Remediation
Divakar, R.S. Sameer* and M. Bapuji
Acharya & BM Reddy college of Pharmacy, Soldevanahalli, Hesaraghatta Bangalore - 560107, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding author

Hundred and twenty eighty halophilic bacterial isolated from the soil and water of Karnataka mangrove regions were examined for multi-metal tolerance. Bacillus pumilus (accession no.MF472596) was found to be tolerant against four toxic heavy metal ions (Cd2+, Cu2+, Fe3+, and Ba2+) up to 1000 ppm each. Chemical analysis was carried out by ICP-AES for Ba2+ and AAS for rest of the metal ions. The bioremediation efficiency against metals are as follows Fe>Cu>Ba>Cd (90%, 71%, 52% and 19% respectively) at pH 7. Altering the pH in a range of 6 to10 the bioremediation rate increased to 96%, 88%, 54% and 52% for Fe, Cu, Ba, and Cd respectively. The metal absorption efficiency increases on altering pH i.e. from 136 ppm, 52 ppm and 35 ppm to 196 ppm, 82 ppm and 60 ppm in Fe3+, Ba2+, Cd2+ respectively, whereas reduction in Cu2+ absorption was noted i.e. from 114 ppm to 41 ppm. This investigation justifies that specific pH exposure can play a key role in enhancing bioremediation activity of bacterial isolate towards metal ion.

Keywords: Mangrove, Heavy metals, Multi-metal tolerance, Bioremediation, Halophilic bacteria

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Divakar, G., R.S. Sameer and Bapuji, M. 2018. Screening of Multi-Metal Tolerant Halophilic Bacteria for Heavy Metal Remediation.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(10): 2062-2076. doi:
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