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Bacterially induced calcium carbonate precipitation from various isolates was investigated aiming at developing an environmentally friendly technique for ornamental stone protection and restoration.

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A growth medium that facilitated bacterial growth of different species and promoted biomineralization was formulated. Most isolates induced biomineralization of CaCO3. Micro-organisms may actually be a milestone in the investigation of vaterite formation facilitating our understanding of geomicrobiological interactions. Pseudomonas, Pantoea and Cupriavidus strains could be candidates for bioconsolidation of ornamental stone protection.


Characterization of biomineralization capacity of different bacterial species improves understanding of the bacterially induced mineralization processes and enriches the list of candidates for biorestoration applications. Knowledge of biomineral morphology assists in differentiating mineral from biologically induced precipitates.

Professor Fotis Rigas
National Technical University of Athens

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This page is a summary of: Pseudomonas ,Pantoea and Cupriavidus isolates induce calcium carbonate precipitation for biorestoration of ornamental stone, Journal of Applied Microbiology, May 2013, Oxford University Press (OUP), DOI: 10.1111/jam.12234.
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