Many kinds of biomass are being tested as a biosorption material for metal removal from the contaminated waters. In the present study the biosorption capacity of an organic solvent tolerant (OST) bacterium was investigated against Cr(VI) and Ni(II). The OST strain of Pseudomonas fluorescens TEM08 was isolated from an oil contaminated soil sample and grown in normal culture conditions (type I) and in the presence of the cyclohexane (type II). Two types of cells were used in the biosorption experiments to compare the organic solvent effect on the biosorption capacity. The biosorption equilibrium was described by Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherms. The value of Q(o) was higher for type I cells (40.8 for Cr(VI); 12.4 for Ni(II)) then the type II (40.7 for Cr(VI); 11.2 for Ni(II)). The adsorption capacity constants (K(F)) of Freundlich model for type I cells and for type II cells were 10.87 and 8.78 for Ni(II) and 13.60 and 10.99 for Cr(VI), respectively. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.