The Mineralosphere Concept

My most recent publication, currently available online, was accepted a few weeks ago by Trends in Microbiology. This paper, The Mineralosphere Concept: Mineralogical Control of the Distribution and Function of the Mineral-Associated Bacterial Communities, and co-authored with colleagues Stéphane Uroz, Marie-Pierre Turpault, Cendrella Lepleux and Pascale Frey-Klett, focuses both on the ability of microbes to inhabit mineral environments and their activities therein. We discuss the physical and chemical properties of minerals which makes them suitable environments for mineral colonisation, together with promoting the concept of the mineralosphere.

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