Cyanobacteria as Biocatalysts for Carbonate Mineralization

Nina Kamennaya, Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Trent Northen, Christer Jansson
2012 Minerals  
Microbial carbonate mineralization is widespread in nature and among microorganisms, and of vast ecological and geological importance. However, our understanding of the mechanisms that trigger and control processes such as calcification, i.e., mineralization of CO 2 to calcium carbonate (CaCO 3 ), is limited and literature on cyanobacterial calcification is oftentimes bewildering and occasionally controversial. In cyanobacteria, calcification may be intimately associated with the carbon
more » ... (CO 2 ) concentrating mechanism (CCM), a biochemical system that allows the cells to raise the concentration of CO 2 at the site of the carboxylating enzyme ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) up to 1000-fold over that in the surrounding medium. A comprehensive understanding of biologically induced carbonate mineralization is important for our ability to assess its role in past, present, and future carbon cycling, interpret paleontological data, and for evaluating the process as a means for biological carbon capture and storage (CCS). In this review we summarize and discuss the metabolic, physiological and structural features of cyanobacteria that may be involved in the reactions leading to mineral formation and precipitation, present a conceptual model of cyanobacterial calcification, and, finally, suggest practical applications for cyanobacterial carbonate mineralization.
doi:10.3390/min2040338 fatcat:hsio66b2mzckxgugfiuneq3ica