Most life-essential nutrients are primiarily fixed in the lithosphere. Weathering is an important process releasing these elements and making them available in the biosphere. Activities of organisms causing disintegration of rocks - bioweathering - contribute substantially to the process of weathering. Cyanobacteria are autotrophic photosynthetic bacteria inhabiting many rocky environments. The role of cyanobacteria in mineral weathering is poorly understood. This study aims to invesitgate relationships of terrestrial cyanobacteria with a common rock-forming mineral inorder to reveal possible cyanobacterial bioweathering.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cyanobacteria colonization and possible bioweathering of biotite surfaces|
|Title of host publication||Geochemistry of the Earth's Surface 8, London, UK|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Aug 2008|