Fungi in the built environment
: biodeterioration and bioprotection

  • Jiayue Zhao

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The built environment comprises all facilities and civil infrastructure systems, including buildings, transportation, energy and water supply, sewage, and communication systems. Fungi, are widespread microorganisms in rocks, stones, and artificial buildings, and can have profound impacts on the built environment. Fungal activities are well known for rock and mineral transformations resulting in bioweathering of such materials which can have profound cultural, social, and economic consequences. On the other hand, biomineralization abilities related to fungi-metal-mineral transformations also show application prospects in the built environment, such as acting as protective agents to building materials. This research aimed to explore the processes by which fungi interact with construction materials to understand their significance in biodeterioration or bioprotection important materials used in the built environment.
Date of Award2022
Original languageEnglish
SponsorsChina Scholarship Council
SupervisorGeoffrey Michael Gadd (Supervisor) & Thomas Dyer (Supervisor)

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