Influence of calcium sources on microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation by Bacillus sp. CR2

Varenyam Achal, Xiangliang Pan*

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Stimulation of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICCP) is likely to be influenced by calcium sources. In order to study such influences, we performed MICCP using Bacillus sp. CR2 in nutrient broth containing urea, supplemented with different calcium sources (calcium chloride, calcium oxide, calcium acetate and calcium nitrate). The experiment lasted 7 days, during which bacterial growth, urease activity, calcite production and pH were measured. Our results showed that calcium chloride is the better calcium source for MICCP process, since it provides higher urease activity and more calcite production. The influences of calcium sources on MICCP were further studied using Fourier transform-infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. These analyses confirmed that the precipitate formed was CaCO3 and composed of predominantly calcite crystals with a little amount of aragonite and vaterite crystals. The maximum yield of calcite precipitation was achievable with calcium chloride followed by calcium nitrate as a calcium source. The results of present study may be applicable to media preparation during efficient MICCP process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-317
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aragonite
  • Bacillus
  • Calcite
  • Calcium chloride
  • Urease


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