Layers of Uranium Phosphate Nanorods and Nanoplates Encrusted on Fungus Cladosporium sp. Strain F1 Hyphae
Microbes Environ. 2021;36(4). doi: 10.1264/jsme2.ME21036.
The hyphae of Cladosporium sp. strain F1 (CFGR 2020-301-00084) were heavily encrusted with pre-synthesized uranium phosphate minerals under a wide range of pH conditions. SEM and TEM images showed that nanorods and nanoplates of uranium phosphate minerals at pH 4 and 5 and at pH 6, 7, and 8, respectively, were tightly adsorbed along the hyphae of Cladosporium sp. strain F1, while only a few uranium phosphate minerals were observed on the hyphae of Aspergillus niger VKMF 1119. Based on the physical mobility and chemical stability of uranium phosphate minerals under in situ oxidizing environmental conditions, the application of Cladosporium sp. strain F1 has potential as a novel strategy for the remediation of uranium contamination in sediments and aquifers under a wide range of pH conditions where larger amounts of phosphate are present in the environment.