Bio-degradation and utilization of silica and quartz

@article{Lauwers1974BiodegradationAU,
  title={Bio-degradation and utilization of silica and quartz},
  author={Dr. A. M. Lauwers and Wolfgang Heinen},
  journal={Archives of Microbiology},
  year={1974},
  volume={95},
  pages={67-78}
}
A mesophilic bacterium,Proteus mirabilis, which was known to be able to accumulate monomer silicate ions, a thermophilic bacterium,Bacillus caldolyticus, originating from a habitat with high silica concentrations, and a silicautilizing plant,Equisetum arvense, were all found to produce monomer silica from its polymer. The monomer silica, resulting from the mineralysis of either experimentally polymerized silica, or from quartz, is taken up byP. mirabilis cells, and also byEquisetum, which then… CONTINUE READING
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