Cyanobacteria colonization and possible bioweathering of biotite surfaces

D Kapitulcinova, CS Cockell, KR Hallam, KV Ragnarsdottir

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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 contributionCyanobacteria colonization and possible bioweathering of biotite surfaces
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeochemistry of the Earth's Surface 8, London, UK
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2008

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