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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