Biocorrosion of copper metal by Aspergillus niger

Jiayue Zhao, Laszlo Csetenyi, Geoffrey Michael Gadd (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Several geoactive fungi were investigated for their biocorrosion impact on metallic copper, to further understanding of the potential roles that fungi may have in the biotransformation of such substrate, and the mechanisms involved. Copper metal showed little toxicity and test fungi were able to grow in direct or indirect contact with copper and to colonize copper sheet. A. niger was able to biodeteriorate copper metal through proton- and ligand-mediated dissolution mechanisms, leading to significant mass loss and surface etching. The formation of a secondary copper oxalate (moolooite) biomineral crust together with cuprite deposition lead to alteration of surface topography and visual appearance, highlighting the significance of oxalate excretion in effecting fungal metal biotransformations. The metal transforming influence of fungal colonization may have some implications for biodeterioration, protection and preservation of cultural relics and artefacts as well as certain components of the built environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105081
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Biodeterioration and Biodegradation
Early online date9 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Aspergillus niger
  • Biocorrosion
  • Biomineralization
  • Copper
  • Oxalate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Biomaterials
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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