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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.
- Aspergillus niger
COG3: The Geology, Geometallurgy and Geomicrobiology of Cobalt Resources Leading to New Product Streams (joint with Natural History Museum and Universities of Manchester, Bangor, Exeter, Loughborough and Southampton and Industrial Partner)
1/05/15 → 31/03/21