Three different kinds of Phanerochaete chrysosporium (NaOH-treated, heat-inactivated and active) biosorbent were used for the removal of Cd(II) and Hg(II) ions from aquatic systems. The biosorption of Cd(II) and Hg(II) ions on three different forms of Phanerochaete chrysosporium was studied in aqueous solutions in the concentration range of 50-700 mg/ L. Maximum biosorption capacities of NaOH-treated, heat-inactivated and active Phanerochaete chrysosporium biomass were found to be 148.37 mg/g, 78.68 mg/g and 68.56 mg/g for Cd(II) as well as 224.67 mg/g, 122.37 mg/g and 88.26 mg/g for Hg(II), respectively. For Cd(II) and Hg(II) ions, the order of affinity of the biosorbents was arranged as NaOH-treated > heat-in activated > active. The order of the amount of metal ions adsorbed was established as Hg(II) > Cd(II) on a weight basis, and as Cd(II) > Hg(II) on a molar basis. Biosorption equilibriums were established in about 60 min. The effect of the pH was also investigated, and maximum rates of biosorption of metal ions on the three different forms of Phanerochaete chrysosportum were observed at pH 6.0. The reusability experiments and synthetic wastewater studies were carried out with the most effective form, i.e., the NaOH-treated Phanerochaete chrysosporium biomass. It was observed that the biosorbent could be regenerated using 10 mM HCl solution, with a recovery of up to 98%, and it could be reused in five biosorption-desorption cycles without any considerable loss in biosorption capacity. The alkali-treated Phanerochaete chrysosporium removed 73% of Cd(II) and 81% of Hg(II) ions from synthetic wastewater.