The most relevant mechanism of toxicity of heavy metals certainly is the chemical inactivation of enzymes. Some metals may also damage cells by acting as antimetabolites, or by forming precipitates or chelates with essential metabolites. Soil biochemical processes considered especially sensitive to heavy metals are mineralization of N and P, cellulose degradation and possibly N2-fixation1.
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- Analysis and Prognosis of Metal Mobility in Soils and Wastes
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