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Direct and Indirect Detoxification Effects of Humic Substances

Federal Scientific Center of Hygiene Named after F.F. Erisman, 141014 Moscow, Russia
Federal Research Center ‘Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences’, Institute of Biophysics, 660036 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Biophysics Department, Siberian Federal University, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
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Academic Editor: Maria Roulia
Agronomy 2021, 11(2), 198;
Received: 8 December 2020 / Revised: 14 January 2021 / Accepted: 15 January 2021 / Published: 20 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Humic Substances: A Novel Eco-Friendly Fertilizer)
The review summarizes studies on the detoxification effects of water-soluble humic substances (HS), which are products of the natural transformation of organic substances in soils and bottom sediments that serve as natural detoxifying agents in water solutions. The detoxifying effects of HS on microorganisms are quite complex: HS neutralize free pollutants (indirect bioeffects) and also stimulate the protective response of organisms (direct bioeffects). Prospects and potential problems of bioluminescent bacteria-based assay to monitor toxicity of solutions in the presence of HS are discussed. The main criterion for the bioassay application is versatility and ease of use. The detoxification efficiency of HS in different pollutant solutions was evaluated, and the detoxification mechanisms are discussed. Particular attention was paid to the direct and complex direct + indirect effects of HS. The review focuses on the protective function of HS in solutions of radionuclides and salts of stable metals, with special consideration of the antioxidant properties of HS. View Full-Text
Keywords: humic substances; detoxification; luminous bacteria; adaptive response humic substances; detoxification; luminous bacteria; adaptive response
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