Assessment of the Potential Role of Streptomyces in Cave Moonmilk Formation

  title={Assessment of the Potential Role of Streptomyces in Cave Moonmilk Formation},
  author={Marta Maciejewska and Delphine Adam and Aymeric Na{\^o}m{\'e} and Lo{\"i}c Martinet and Elodie Tenconi and Magdalena Całusińska and Philippe Delfosse and Marc Hanikenne and Denis Baurain and Philippe Comp{\'e}re and Monique Carnol and Hazel A. Barton and S{\'e}bastien Rigali},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
Moonmilk is a karstic speleothem mainly composed of fine calcium carbonate crystals (CaCO3) with different textures ranging from pasty to hard, in which the contribution of biotic rock-building processes is presumed to involve indigenous microorganisms. The real microbial input in the genesis of moonmilk is difficult to assess leading to controversial hypotheses explaining the origins and the mechanisms (biotic vs. abiotic) involved. In this work, we undertook a comprehensive approach in order… CONTINUE READING