Microbial interactions with beryllium have not been thoroughly investigated. Beryllium is toxic to many organisms (ToxFAQs: Beryllium) and has been shown to act as a mutagen in Eschericia coli (Zakour and Glickman, 1984). Microbially influenced corrosion of beryllium by Pseudomonas sp. NCBM 2021 has been described (Vaidya et al, 1999), and bacterially mediated leaching of beryllium from coal and coal pyrites has been explored (Cwalina et al, 1996).

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Clarke TA, Yousafzai FK, Eady RR. Klebsiella pneumoniae nitrogenase: formation and stability of putative beryllium fluoride-ADP transition state complexes. Biochemistry. 1999 Aug;38(31):9906-13.

Cwalina B, Wilczok T, Dzierzewicz Z, Farbiszewska T. Bioextraction of sulfur and metals from coal and coal pyrites. Rec Adv Coal Process. 1996;1:249-255.

MacCordick J, Youinou MT, Wurtz B. Effect of iron-beryllium antagonism on the growth of Pseudomonas fluorescens type S. Folia Microbiol (Praha). 1977;22(1):35-9.

Vaidya Ru, Brozik SM, Deshpande A,Hersman LE, Butt DP. Protection of beryllium metal against microbial influenced corrosion using silane self-assembled monolayers. Metallurg Mater Trans A. 1999 Aug;30A(8):2129-34.


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