Bioprotection of the built environment and cultural heritage

Geoffrey Michael Gadd (Lead / Corresponding author), Thomas D. Dyer

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The growth of microbial biofilms and various biomineralization phenomena can lead to the formation of stable layers and veneers on rocks known as ‘rock varnishes’ that can stabilize surfaces and protect from further weathering. This article describes the potential application of fungal systems for bioprotection of rock and mineral-based substrates and the evidence to support this concept of utilizing natural or engineered colonization and metabolic properties of fungi, including lichens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1152-1156
Number of pages5
JournalMicrobial Biotechnology
Issue number5
Early online date24 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2017

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