Niobium has no known biological function. Some species of unicellular algae have been shown to accumulate the radionuclide 95Nb (Morgan, 1961). Binding of niobium ions in solution by bacteria has also been reported (Engel, 1970; Ishii, 2004).

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Engel WB. Role of metallic ion concentrating microorganisms in the corrosion of metals. Proc Conf Nat Ass Corros Eng, 25th. 1970:588-96.

Ishii N, Tagami K, Enomoto S, Uchida S. Influence of microorganisms on the behavior of technetium and other elements in paddy soil surface water. J Environ Radioact. 2004;77:369-80.

Morgan GB. Absorption of radioisotopes by certain microorganisms. Quart J Florida Acad Sci. 1961;24:94-100.

 


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