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Micro-algues « Coccomyxa actinabiotis » résistantes aux radiations et aux métaux lourds

"Coccomyxa actinabiotis" micro-algae, which are resistant to radiation and heavy metals, observed by bright-field optical microscopy. This previously-unknown species was discovered in a nuclear reactor's spent fuel pool. This microscopic algae, which is exceptionally resistant to radiation, is able to overaccumulate toxic metals and radioactive compounds. Its discovery holds out the prospect of new bio-decontamination strategies for environmental and industrial applications.

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