Until recently, engineers either ignored or neglected the role of microorganisms in geotechnical engineering. The microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) research technique is an innovative and relatively green technology which consists in a biological process through which microorganisms react with minerals (calcium source and cementation reagent) to produce calcite (CaCO3) as a byproduct that modifies and improves the engineering properties of soil. Laboratory and field results obtained from various studies are promising and viable, suggesting potential for various engineering applications. This research technique has also been considered to be useful in many engineering applications such as improvement of construction materials, cementation of porous media, improvement in strength and stiffness of engineering soils, hydraulic control of engineering facilities (waste containment), liquefaction, and erosion mitigation. In this review, the various methods of production of calcium carbonates (calcite), the role played by bacteria, various state-of-the-art procedures that have evolved in this research area, as well as ongoing studies are reported. Furthermore, the use of the MICP technique in remediation of contaminants and other environmental concerns is also presented. The advantages and challenges (in form of undesired byproducts) of this research technique are highlighted herein.
A number of conventional approaches used in the treatment of soil for engineering use are known to engineers. Over the last century, various methods of ground-improvement techniques for improving soil by using chemical solution/grout have been established and are widely used in geotechnical engineering applications. Most of these methods of ground improvement not only end up contaminating the ground and environment but are also expensive ; this has become a source of concern to engineers and researchers. The demand for novel and innovative techniques for ground improvement has compelled researchers to look for new ways of satisfying society’s demand for land to meet infrastructural needs, while considering environmental concerns. Over the years, engineers and researchers have either neglected the role of microbial activities within soils or have not given it adequate attention . Hence, research into innovative and alternative approaches to ground improvement has focused on the use of biological processes. These techniques combine the usage of microorganisms, cementation reagents, and biological methods, which naturally exist in soils, to improve their engineering properties . This approach results in minimal release of carbon dioxide into the environment, making it ecofriendly. These methods have also been found to be adaptable to project conditions as well as having an increased certainty of execution . Major factors to consider when employing this technique of soil improvement include the selection and proof of appropriate microorganisms for diverse applications, surroundings, cost effectiveness, the modification of maximum microbial activity in situ, and the biosafety of the application .
Biogeotechnology is a division of geotechnical engineering that applies biological processes to solve geotechnical difficulties. In other words, it is known as a biomediated soil enhancement method, generally being related to the chemical reaction system achieved and measured within soil by means of biological action, resulting in calcite precipitate as its byproduct, which modifies the engineering properties of the soil . As reported , this research trend started in Australia in 2001, when it was reported in a Dutch newspaper that bacteria were used to reinforce sand and restore a monument. At first, microbial soil improvement was seen as difficult/impossible for civil engineers. Nevertheless, it became a serious option after an Australian research group  converted a bag of sand into calcareous sandstone.
There are several engineering applications of this research technique. However, currently, much attention is given to bioclogging and biocementation of soils. Bioclogging is aimed at reducing the permeability of soil and porous rocks through microbial action or products, while biocementation enhances the strength and stiffness properties of soil and rocks through microbial activity or products. These applications represent a branch of geotechnical engineering that provides an environmentally friendly treatment process by utilizing a low-viscosity fluid that can penetrate into deep soil stratum, thereby modifying the engineering properties of the soil by increasing its stiffness and strength, and diminishing its permeability [5, 9, 10]. This technique has low cost and requires minimum extra energy, as well as reducing the discharge of carbon dioxide underground and thereby decreasing greenhouse gases.
Microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) is an emerging area of research that has received increasing attention from researchers as a sustainable means of soil improvement [11, 12]. Mitchell and Santamarina  pioneered a study on biological considerations in geotechnical engineering that was aimed at the definition, assessment, and illustration of the significance of a few biological features and methods in soils and rocks. Also, the study focused on the stimulation of interest in the development of better understanding of the roles of biological processes and likely practicality in progressing knowledge and practice of geotechnical engineering. Literature has reported tremendous interest and attention from researchers, covering microbiology/biology, geotechnical engineering, some aspects of chemistry, and other related areas of study for improving the engineering properties of soil. As a result, the significance of multidisciplinary research, which is not restricted to geotechnical engineering, has been pointed out in the last decade [5, 9, 14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25].
Dejong’s research group  considered soil as a living environment, suggesting the prospect for original and workable solutions to geotechnical problems. Biogeochemically based soil improvement technologies will not replace in totality standard ground enhancement methods; nevertheless, the method is favorable because of its potential environmental friendliness. The aim of this review is to provide up-to-date information on the state of the art and most recent developments linked to the use of microorganisms in geotechnical engineering applications and to summarize existing or potential applications of this research technique, including its upscaling and field applications as well as undesired byproducts generated by the MICP technique.
Microbial activities in soil
Microbial activities can change the appearance of soil and increase its ability to withstand applied forces/loads by precipitating calcite, which binds soil particles . According to Reichle , microbes constitute between 70% and 85% of the living component within soil systems, but a good understanding of their metabolic rate is essential to forecast correctly how microorganisms will act under different conditions . The number of organisms in a single kilogram of soil at the surface is between 109 and 1012 [13, 30]. It was reported by Dejong and his research team  that a gram of soil could be home to 1012 bacteria, and over 106 bacteria could be present in a single gram of poorly graded soil. Yargicoglu and Reddy  also reported approximately 109 cells within a gram of soil. Research has shown that microorganisms, especially bacteria, are linked to the formation of carbonate minerals, as they also play an important role in carbon cycling .
Bacteria can differ in shape; they can be rod like, almost round or spiral, and the range of their cell thickness is between 0.5 and 3 μm [26, 30, 31, 33]. Their thickness can be reduced under stress settings to around 0.2 μm; they reproduce by fission naturally. Bacteria can withstand unfavorable conditions, and at low to elevated acidity or salinity some are spore-forming organisms, allowing them to withstand/survive in harsh conditions such as high pressures of several hundred bar and equally at temperatures from below the freezing to above the boiling point of water .
Microorganisms, in general, can reproduce very rapidly by fission, and their growth rate is exponential. The generation (reproduction) time for bacteria is 10 min, but 1 h is typically used; For example, starting with bacteria with a reproduction time of 1 h under an ideal condition, they could multiply to 224. With this high reproduction rate, microbial activity can be anticipated everywhere. In soil pore fluid, bacteria with size of 1 μm could reach approximately 108 bacteria/ml . The presence of microorganisms in the soil may not cause any harm to the soil environment, as the majority are native species of the soil. According to Kucharski , the microorganisms used in the MICP technique using ureolysis (organisms that react to urea) can be from any of the genera Bacillus, Sporosarcina, Sporoloactobacillus, Clostridium, and Desulfotomaculum. Examples include Leptothrix discophora, Sporosarcina pasteurii (S. pasteurii), Bacillus coagulans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus megaterium, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus cereus, etc., which can be either Gram positive or negative.
Terminologies used in microbially induced calcite precipitation
Biomineralization is the chemical change of the immediate surroundings by microbial action, resulting in the precipitation of calcite and associated minerals [3, 35,36,37,38]. Calcite crystals precipitated through biomineralization are mainly inorganic minerals. They can also include trace essential organic compounds, which can control the biomineralization process [39, 40].
The biological process that leads to the synthesis of minerals is called biomineralization . The resulting products are composite in nature, being made up of both mineral and organic constituents. There are three mechanisms involved in the formation of biominerals: (1) Biologically controlled mineralization involves cellular actions that direct the development of minerals [38, 42]; (2) Biologically influenced mineralization is the process by which passive mineral precipitation is initiated by the presence of cell surface organic substances, e.g., extracellular polymeric substances, linked to biofilms [38, 40]; (3) The biologically induced mineralization process, in which precipitation occurs as an output of the interface between the environmental and biological activity; this depends substantially on the environmental conditions in the formation of the minerals . The different mechanisms of biocalcification, i.e., those mediated through nitrogen cycles, are most important in soils and geological deposits . It has been reported  that native bacteria could be used to induce calcite precipitation in an adequate measure to alter soil engineering properties, which can also be used to remedy various geologic hazards. Furthermore, the combination of the three mechanisms above is frequently operative in biomineralization processes .
The aim of this process is to decrease the ability of soil and permeable rocks to allow the passage of fluid through them due to microbial activity or products. Bioclogging can therefore be used to close a leaky construction pit, landfill, or dike. One of the resulting of the bioclogging process is microbial production of water-insoluble polysaccharides in situ .
During MICP processes, carbonate ions are produced, and in the presence of excess dissolved calcium ions, calcite crystals are precipitated. These crystals form links between existing grains of sand, thereby preventing movement of the soil grains, which ultimately increases the strength and stiffness of the soil; this process is called biocementation . It is a process by which microorganisms are used to increase the strength of soil through the production of soil particle binding materials, due to the addition of bacteria and cementitious mixtures in the soil. The soil cementitious materials are typically carbonates, silicates, phosphates, sulphides, and hydroxides .
Calcite is an attractive component to be studied in biocementation, because its formation is commonly found naturally . The aim of biocementation is to improve the strength and stiffness properties of soil and rocks through microbial activity. Cementation mechanisms that cover or link separate soil particles could be naturally occurring cementation or microbially induced cementation; these progressively reduce the pore space in the soil fabric and hence decrease the permeability of the soil . In addition, the formation of calcite cement is enhanced by the increase in pH of the immediate environment due to microbial metabolic activity.
The increased rate of environmental degeneration presently experienced all over the world as a result of industrial activities, most of which result from the exploration of fossil fuels on all the continents of the world, has increased the threat not only to the ecosystem but also to the health of all creatures, including humans . Bioremediation is a process that uses microbial metabolism in the presence of optimal environmental conditions and adequate nutrients to destroy (biodegrade) or transform (biotransform) contaminants, not only petroleum hydrocarbons but also other metals metalloids . Bioremediation is a technique employed to immobilize contaminants in soil using microbes. The two basic strategies are biostimulation and bioaugmentation. An overview of the performance of MICP to decrease the environmental bioavailability of toxic metals and metalloids through the formation of metallic carbonates (calcites) has been documented in literature . Torres-Aravena  summarized results from seven different studies using MICP applications and reported a removal efficiency of heavy metals of between 89.5% and 100% from waste water for 8 out of the 12 different species of organisms employed in their studies.
Biostimulation includes an alteration of the environment to stimulate bacteria existing in the soil that are capable of bioremediation . This can be achieved by the introduction of several procedures to regulate nutrients and electron acceptors such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, or oxygen (e.g., in the form of molasses), which are adequate to limit microbial activities [51,52,53].
Biostimulation requires modification of a contaminated soil to provide a natural microbial population with a favorable environment that will allow them to destroy the target contaminant [54, 55]. Biostimulation is mostly preferred due to its stimulation and growth of natural microbes which are already used to the subsurface environment . This also comes with some challenges, among which are obtaining uniform treatment throughout the location and accepting the increased time associated with stimulation and growth as well . Furthermore, because urease-secreting bacteria mostly originate from the subsurface, biostimulation by MICP could be a sustainable method for in situ stabilization of definite elements or in situ improvement of the load-bearing capacity of soil . Mahanty  suggested that biostimulation appears to be an essential pretreatment for if not a substitute to bioaugmentation in an engineered soil biocalcification process system.
Bioaugmentation is a biological method in MICP in which foreign bacteria are introduced into the soil to precipitate minerals or biofilms within the soil environment, with or without growth media [45, 56]. In most studies conducted to date, biostimulation has been the primary strategy used, while bioaugmentation has been built on bioremediation techniques developed over 30 years ago .
Studies by LaRock and Donovan  showed that over 99% of microbial microbes cultured and grown in the laboratory and then reintroduced back into the same soil from which they were cultured failed to survive in another environment that was different from where they were originally cultured and dominate the community. Several researchers [26, 58] have reported bioaugmentation (introduction of foreign microbes into an environment) to be considered less favorable than the biostimulation method (introduction of microbes into an environment in which they exist), in that it sometimes requires the introduction of foreign microbes. The challenges associated with obtaining a uniform application due to filtration of microbes in the subsurface, especially for soils having smaller pore spaces, also constitute a huge task. Another difficulty experienced with this method is that imported bacteria added into natural soils are likely to degenerate quickly in number due to predation and competition as well as stress from abiotic factors [58, 59], although some studies have shown an enhancement in bacterial delivery when surfactant is used in microbially induced calcite precipitation [31, 45, 60]. These challenges can be overcome by manipulating the bacteria that already exist in the soil (indigenous microbes).
Mechanisms of microbially induced calcite precipitation
In microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP), calcite is the desired product responsible for improving the soil properties. MICP can take place whenever metabolic processes of microorganisms result in alteration of the surrounding aqueous phase, which results in the formation of calcite . One of the ways this may be facilitated is through the attachment of the microorganisms in the porous subsurface environment. MICP occurs as a byproduct of collective metabolic activities by microbes through any of the following processes: urea hydrolysis, photosynthesis, sulfate reduction, denitrification (nitrate reduction), ammonification, or methane oxidation, which result in an increase in the saturation of calcium carbonate [3, 6, 14, 38, 42, 61,62,63,64,65]. Among the various processes through which calcite is formed as stated above, studies reported by Zhu and Dittrich  have shown that urea hydrolysis is the most well-developed technology in use. Mujah  also reported that ureolysis is most preferred by researchers because it is straightforward for the precipitation of calcite (CaCO3) and can also achieve up to 90% chemical conversion efficiency of calcite in less than 24 h, followed by photosynthesis. Zhu and Dittrich  also reported sulfate reduction as another MICP process that is widely studied, although its engineering advantage is commonly given less priority.
The different reactions and byproducts generated in the formation of calcite using the various MICP processes stated above are as follows:
Urea hydrolysis (ureolysis) using ureolytic bacteria ; in the presence of urease-positive microorganisms, this reaction occurs: CO(NH2)2 + 2H2O + Ca2+ + Cell → 2NH4+ + Cell-CaCO3 with NH4+ as the byproduct.
Photosynthesis using cyanobacteria algae ; 2HCO3− + Ca2+ → CH2O + CaCO3 + O2 with O2 as the byproduct.
Sulfate reduction using sulfate-reducing bacteria ; SO42− + 2[CH2O] + OH− + Ca2+ → CaCO3 + CO2 + 2H2O + HS− with CO2 and HS− as the byproducts.
Denitrification (nitrate reduction) using nitrate-reducing bacteria : (1) CH2COO− + 2.6H+ + 1.6NO3− → 2CO2 + 0.8N2 + 2.8H2O when the reaction is complete, with CO2 + N as byproducts; (2) Ca2+ + CO2 (aq) + 2OH− → CaCO3(s) + H2O when the reaction is incomplete, with NO and N2O as byproducts.
Ammonification using myxobacteria ; HCO−+ H2O → (CH2O) + O2 + OH−
HCO3− + OH− → CO32− + H2O
Ca2+ + CO32− → CaCO3
with NH3 as the byproduct.
Methane oxidation using methanogens ; anaerobic oxidation: CH4 + SO42− + Ca2+ → CaCO3 + H2S + H2O
Aerobic oxidation: CH4 + 2O2 → CO2 + 2H2O, with H2S being the byproducts for both the anaerobic and aerobic reactions. A detailed overview of the various mechanisms involved in MICP using different organisms is presented in Ref. .
Calcite is one of the most common and well-known minerals on Earth, comprising about 4% of the crust by weight [73,74,75]. MICP is currently being studied because of its various potential applications, such as soil improvement [5, 75, 76], sequestration of contaminants , mitigation of seismic liquefaction , and remediation of cracks in concrete and stone monuments [78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86], among others. Some of these applications include in situ improvement of soils [26, 30, 31, 33, 87,88,89]. This requires better understanding of the interface between microbial ecology and aqueous geochemistry. Urease activity is exhibited by various species of microorganisms , and the ability of urease to induce carbonate precipitation has been studied by several researchers [25, 58, 90,91,92,93,94].
Soils improved through urease-induced mineralization or cementation are environmentally friendly, as they can substitute ordinary Portland cement, which has been reported to produce large quantities of carbon dioxide through its production processes . Chou  further reported that the hydrolysis of urea was promoted in completely stirred tank reactor (CSTR) and hydraulically completely mixed biofilm reactor (CMBR) systems containing loose or dense sand specimens that were inoculated with growing bacterial cells (S. pasteurii). They also reported a general increase in the friction angle of all the treated soil specimens when compared with untreated specimens. Xu  reported that the frequency of precipitation for calcium lactate was more than twice that for calcium nitrate, signifying that an organic source of calcium lactate may be more useful for cell activity, which is directly linked to the urease activity and calcite deposition. An example of a typical reaction that occurs during the MICP process (ureolysis) is shown in Fig. 1.
Factors that affect the microbially induced calcite precipitation technique
The biocalcification activity in soils is not always optimum but can differ to a great extent depending on physiochemical properties such as the temperature, the nutrient composition of the microenvironment, and the type, source, and activities of the organisms . Several studies [43, 96,97,98] have also shown that there are mainly four factors that affect microbially induced calcite precipitation techniques: the concentration of the cementation materials (calcium ion, dissolved organic carbon), geometric compatibility, pH, temperature, and availability of nucleation sites. In addition to the above factors, there are other environmental factors such as concentration of bacteria, soil type, particle size of the soil sample, and viscosity of the bacterial solution that affect the technique, governing the performance of calcite precipitation [92, 99,100,101].
Concentration of cementation reagents
It is well documented in literature that a high concentration of cementation reagent (0.5–1.0 M) affects the precipitation technique by generating a significant amount of calcite. However, the formation of calcite precipitated at a lower concentration (0.05–0.25 M) is more effective [101, 102]. The results are consistent with the findings reported in Refs. [9, 103].
Another factor that affects the MICP technique is the geometric compatibility of urease-producing microorganisms with the pore space of the soil used; that is, the largest and smallest soil particle size should be able to allow the free mobility of the microbes within the setup, as shown in Fig. 2.
A medium that is favorable to carbonation (i.e., the process that leads to formation of calcite) is normally alkaline; the optimal pH for microbial ureases is mostly near neutral. Stocks-Fischer  reported an optimum pH of 8 when using S. pasteurii, while other researchers who used the same S. pasteurii reported different optimal pH values; e.g., Dupraz  reported a pH value of 8.7–9.5, a pH value of 9.1 was reported in Ref. , and a pH of 9.5 has also been reported . During the hydrolysis of urea, the pH of the environment generally increases throughout the microbially induced calcite precipitation process, and this acts to buffer the overall increase in pH value.
Temperature has also been found to significantly influence the urease activity. At temperatures below 5 °C, urease activity is negligible, whereas in the range of 25–60 °C, Whiffin  reported an increase in urease activity in S. pasteurii that is directly proportional to temperature. However, an optimum was achieved at 70 °C, reducing thereafter to almost half the optimum value at 80 °C. In a similar study , the urease activities of B. megaterium were similar at different temperature conditions; however, at high temperature, B. megaterium exhibited lower enzyme activity, while at low temperature, it surpassed that of S. pasteurii. That study also reported that adding urea to the medium at the time of inoculation of the organisms could effectively overcome the low calcium precipitation associated with low urease activities at low temperature and enable subsequent low-temperature engineering applications.
Availability of nucleation sites (bacterial suspension density)
Stocks-Fischer  reported that the bacterial suspension density acts as nucleation sites for calcite precipitation processes, and this was confirmed . The increase in the concentration of microbes has been reported  to be proportional to the amount of precipitated CaCO3, as long as it does not exceed the pore volume. Also, higher bacterial suspension density delivered into the soil leads to an increase in the MICP process .
The proportion of urea hydrolysis is directly proportional to the bacterial suspension density, provided there is enough calcium source for the reaction [30, 33, 40]. Martinez  demonstrated that the most important factor for achieving even calcite precipitation is the circulation of microbes. Burbank  also reported that native bacteria can be used to induce calcite precipitation and to substantially increase the liquefaction resistance of sands. The authors further demonstrated that the use of native bacteria at low flow rates results in even delivery of calcite precipitation points at or lower than 4% by weight of the soil sample. In summary , it is suggested that the bacterial cell density and urea and calcium ion concentrations are important factors for effective calcite precipitation via MICP processes.
Neupane  reported the enzymatic calcite precipitation performance, which was evaluated for in situ applications on a larger scale; a visible precipitation ratio was observed even with an insignificant quantity of enzyme. Furthermore, Soon  observed that the greatest enhancements in unconfined compressive strength and decrease in hydraulic conductivity were achieved at 100% and 90% relative densities, respectively, in which different suspension densities of S. pasteurii and cementation reagents were used. Other controlling parameters considered for the improvement were the flow rate of the cementation solution and the treatment period.
MICP research: laboratory and field studies
Several laboratory methods (Fig. 3), including studies of the injection method, injection volume, influence of the calcium source, concentration of cementation reagent, and factors that affect the MICP process, have been investigated with the aim of using the findings for various engineering applications. Commonly found soil bacteria (S. pasteurii, Bacillus coagulans, and Bacillus pumilus) were cultured from a tropical residual soil (lateritic soil) collected from a site in Abagana (latitude 6° 10′ 15″ N, longitude 6° 58′ 10″ E), Anambra State, which met the geometric compatibility requirements for this research technique, obtaining positive results [113,114,115].
Any novel and innovative research technique such as MICP will be better appreciated if the findings are geared toward solving real-life engineering problems. To achieve this aim, many studies have been conducted to upscale the MICP technique for field applications such as remediation of cracks in concrete, cementation of porous media, improvement in strength and stiffness, remediation of contaminants (heavy metals), etc. van Paassen  carried out the first full-scale application of the MICP technique, producing very promising findings (Figs. 3 and 4). The author was able to overcome the problem of borehole instability/collapse when horizontal directional drilling was adopted to treat a 1000 m3 volume depth that varied between 3 m and 20 m below the ground surface with 200 m3 of microbe and 300–600 m3 of cementation reagent, as shown in Fig. 5. Furthermore, the long-term performance/sustainability of MICP, the ecofriendliness of microbial activity in the soil, as well as the production cost of the test bacteria must be extensively clarified/studied in detail before field applications .
MICP has recently been studied for a varied range of engineering uses . Among these applications are amending or improving construction materials and remediation of cracks/self-healing in concrete [3, 72, 79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86, 102, 118,119,120,121,122], as well as cementation of porous media and improvements in strength and stiffness [6, 7, 26, 35, 103, 117, 121, 123]. It is also used in environmental remediation of heavy metals and radionuclides, including the potential to reduce subsurface leakage in the background of geologically isolated carbon dioxide [72, 104, 105, 124,125,126,127,128,129,130,131,132,133,134,135]. Recent studies  have reported MICP as a conservative method for restoring the lost strength in decayed limestone through biomineralization processes, for trial tests in both laboratory and field conditions.
The results of the MICP research technique of importance for engineering applications are the increase in the strength and stiffness (shear strength) of soil through biocementation and the reduction in the hydraulic conductivity through bioclogging of the soil pores/voids, which is a desired effect for waste-containment facilities, sealing of cracks in concrete, liquefaction mitigation, erosion control, and remediation of contaminants. Some of these engineering properties are discussed below:
Physical properties of soils
Since the discovery of MICP, little information has been reported in literature on the plasticity behavior of soil in MICP applications. It was reported earlier that fine-grain soils are not good candidates for MICP due to compatibility-related issues; however, Yasodian  reported an improvement in plasticity indices of seven different samples of residual soils (five clay soils, one bentonite, and one lateritic soil) after varying the treatment options in MICP. The liquid limit values of the clay soil ranged from 76% to 120% before treatment, which was reduced to the range of 55% to 97%. The plasticity index values ranged from 32% to 55% before treatment, which was reduced to the range of 5% to 23% after treatment. Greater reductions were recorded in the plasticity characteristics of the unsterilized compared with the sterilized specimens, suggesting that other microbial species may also be taking part in the MICP processes. There was a reduction in the clay content from 47% to 30% and an increase in the silt content from 29% to 48% after microbial treatment. There was a reduction in the plasticity index of the bentonite after treatment from 187% to 158%; this was found to further decrease to 141% after 15 days of curing. This could be a demonstration of the durability of the MICP process. There was a marginal increase in the liquid limit and plasticity index properties of the lateritic soil after treatment, despite the fact that it contained about 87.7% sand and silt, reported to be a compatibility requirement for effective MICP process. This finding was contradicted by Chittoori , who reported an increase in both the liquid limit and plasticity index of two clay soils and recorded a substantial reduction in the one-dimensional swell strain after bacterial treatment, with corresponding calcite content of 1.60% and 0.90%. Similarly, studies conducted by Osinubi  on lateritic soil after varying the ratio of bacteria to cementation reagent showed that an optimal improvement of plasticity index was achieved for specimens prepared with 75% S. pasteurii and 25% cementation reagent at S. pasteurii suspension density of 2.40 × 109 cells/ml, with a peak calcite content of 6.0%. This was due to the higher suspension density of S. pasteurii that were available to maximally hydrolyze the urea within the cementation reagent.
Shear strength characteristics
One of the targets of soil improvement for engineering use is shear strength gain. For biomediated improvement of soil, van Paassen [7, 14, 15, 117] demonstrated an increase in shear strength values. Similarly, Li  reported a considerable increase in unconfined compressive strength (UCS) when asparaginase enzyme and Bacillus megaterium were studied (980 kPa, 1002 kPa), but the sample failed as biogrout due to the lack of calcite precipitates in the absence of bacterial cells. They recommended the use of the enzyme (asparaginase) in the MICP technique rather than the urease bacteria (Bacillus megaterium), because it releases less ammonia to the environment (i.e., 40.6 U ml−1 versus 592 U ml−1 released by Bacillus megaterium). Furthermore, the asparaginase-based MICP process does not require urea, which emits secondary pollution. Yasuhara  reported UCS values ranging from 400 kPa to 1.6 MPa when sand was improved through MICP, while an increase in the UCS value of about 5% compared with the untreated specimen was also reported .
Gomez  reported UCS values ranging from 1.07 MPa to 5.34 MPa for average calcite contents of 6.0–13.2%. Putra  reported an increase in the UCS of a soil treated with MICP to a maximum value of 470 kPa. Also, an increase in the UCS from 150 to 198 kPa, compared with values in the range of 119–137 kPa for the control specimen, was reported ; meanwhile, Stabnikov , reported an increase in the UCS value from 765 kPa to 845 kPa. Furthermore, an increase in the strength of fiber-reinforced sand by means of the MICP technique was also reported . An optimum 0.2–0.3% fiber content in the MICP-treated sand was established to be more than two times higher than the control, i.e., those that had no fiber added.
In a study to mitigate soil erosion , a maximum increase of 0.6 MPa in the UCS of a soil treated with MICP was obtained. Studies by Jijian  revealed an improvement in the UCS of a sand column of up to 1.91 MPa after employing a biogrouting method which effectively hardened black sands. To demonstrate the influence of treatment cycles in MICP , an increase in the UCS of up to 14 MPa after 32 treatment cycles using a percolation method with corresponding calcite content of 22% was reported. Similarly, an increase in the UCS value of lateritic soil when treated with Bacillus pumilus and S. pasteurii was also reported [115, 149]. They observed no gain in strength when specimens were cured in a humid environment; but a significant increase in UCS value was recorded when specimens were cured at room temperature (i.e., 24 ± 2 °C) for 2 days. The UCS value of the lateritic soil increased upon treatment with bacteria, from 66.74 kPa for the natural soil to 2345.15 kPa at 2.40 × 109 cells/ml suspension density using Bacillus pumilus, and from 120 kPa for the natural soil to 2232 kPa at 1.20 × 109 cells/ml suspension density using S. pasteurii.
The hydraulic conductivity (permeability) of a soil is one of the most important parameters involved and used in the assessment of engineering facilities for dams and waste containment applications regarding contaminant migration into the subsurface . Because of the significance and sensitivity of hydraulic conductivity in waste containment facilities, their values are not frequently rounded up but given to at least two significant figures . A reduction in the value of the hydraulic conductivity by 60–70% for all the sand treated using the MICP technique was reported . Furthermore, both the hydraulic conductivity and shear strength of biocemented soils were also reported , giving results that support MICP as a promising soil-improvement method.
Various researchers have reported the reduction in the permeability of soils treated with MICP. Soon  reported a reduction in the hydraulic conductivity from 1 × 10−7 to 2.6 × 10−8 m/s after treatment of residual soils. Also, a reduction in the hydraulic conductivity by as much as four orders of magnitude has been reported, depending on the effective size of the soil specimen (D10), average calcite content, and initial hydraulic conductivity . Furthermore, a maximum reduction of 98.18% in the hydraulic conductivity of compacted lateritic soil treated at 2% water content with a 6.0 × 108 cells/ml suspension density of S. pasteurii was also reported .
Wiszniewski  reported a reduction in the hydraulic conductivity when two different samples of sandy soils were treated with 0.1–1.5% xanthan gum from the bacterial species Xanthomonas campestris; the reductions recorded were from 7.16 × 10−3 to 5.75 × 10−5 m/s and from 8.46 × 10−3 to 2.84 × 10−11 m/s for the two samples, respectively. Some species of the organisms used in MICP processes have the potential to form a biomass or biofilm: these substances have been reported to be linked with factors responsible for the reduction in the hydraulic conductivity, in addition to blockage of voids in the soil medium by calcite precipitate [152, 153, 156].
Waste containment applications and contaminant attenuation
After the discovery of MICP over a decade ago, the attention of researchers in geotechnical engineering has been focused on studies targeting either soil strength improvement or reduction of hydraulic conductivity; however, a search of recent literature reveals that studies on the application of MICP in waste containment applications have not only been reported but have also shown positive results. The following have been reported as the basic requirements needed for a material to be considered suitable for use as a liner in waste containment facilities: a maximum hydraulic conductivity value of 1 × 10−9 m/s to guarantee that the contaminant in the leachate from the waste can successfully be diminished and controlled to properly safeguard against pollution of groundwater/drinking water [157, 158], a minimum UCS of 200 kN/m2 to ensure stability against forces capable of destroying the material connection , and a maximum volumetric shrinkage of 4% . In addition to these parameters, compatibility has recently been incorporated as a further parameter when evaluating materials for use in liner and waste containment facilities for excellent performance . A material is said to be compatible if its interaction with the leachate does not result in compromise of, especially, the hydraulic properties . One research group employed three different species of urease-positive microorganisms, i.e., Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus coagulans, and S. pasteurii, to evaluate tropical residual soil (lateritic soil) for use as a liner in waste containment facilities using the MICP approach [114, 115, 163,164,165,166,167,168,169,170,171]. Positive results have been reported for all the required parameters for evaluation of these materials, viz. UCS [114, 115, 163], hydraulic properties [113, 154], volumetric shrinkage [164,165,166], and compatibility [72, 167,168,169,170,171]. The results of these studies are not only viable but also promising, and more years of exciting research opportunities from laboratory studies to full implementation of these research findings at larger scale lie ahead.
Liquefaction mitigation and erosion control
Liquefaction and erosion mitigation is an emerging area of research for MICP application. Liquefaction may occur due to soil deformation triggered by rapid loading such as earthquakes and vibrations, and cyclic loading on saturated cohesionless soils in undrained conditions, under which the soil tends to act like a liquid, hence the shear strength and stiffness are extremely reduced . The long-term potential of MICP for mitigating earthquake-induced soil liquefaction has recently been reported in literature, based on two stages: stage 1 occurs through a process known as microbially induced desaturation and precipitation (MIDP), which involves interparticle cementation, void filling, and particle roughening; this is followed by stage 2, which marks significant strength development and stiffness, dilatant behavior, and cyclic strength of the soil, thereby resulting in long-term liquefaction mitigation of the soil [173, 174]. It was also reported [175, 176] that the use of MICP treatment can completely alter the liquefaction failure mode from flow failure to cyclic mobility, and significantly vary the excess pore pressure generation response of initially loose specimens.
Erosion mitigation using MICP has also been reported [177,178,179,180]; while they differ in the methods adopted, most studies have reported the mass loss and penetration resistance. The suppressive ability of MICP for controlling wind erosion has recently been studied by subjecting MICP-treated soils to wind tunnel conditions at different intervals, after which the mass loss due to erosion was determined. The reported results  demonstrate the potential of MICP as an effective and environmentally friendly means of airborne fugitive dust control; a maximum of 3.5% and minimum of 1.6% mass loss were recorded, and these values were also found to decrease with the treatment period. Anderson  reported a reduction in the mass loss from 0.828 g/cm2 for untreated sand to virtually zero when the medium contained bacteria at 0.5 ml per 100 g of sand at wind speed of 32 km/h; this mass loss was found to increase at higher wind speed, i.e., 48 km/h and 64 km/h. Also upon subjecting similar samples to all the wind speeds, only those samples with a medium containing at least 2 ml per 100 g of sand exhibited virtually no mass loss. A reduction in the total erosion mass upon MICP treatment has also been reported, due to bacteria–cementation reagent-related substances, i.e., calcite precipitates, which are not only harmless but also effective and environmentally friendly . Similarly, there was a reduction in mass loss due to erosion in the treated soil when compared with the natural soil . These reductions were not directly proportional to the volume of bacterial suspension density used, being mainly due to the calcite precipitates formed .
Remediation of contaminants
Contaminants are mostly generated by industrial processes such as metal plating, tanning, battery production, paper production, and pesticide synthesis . Over the years, several traditional methods such as physicochemical extraction, soil washing, stabilization, and excavation have been used for the remediation of contaminants; however, these methods have been reported to suffer from high costs associated with the energy requirements . MICP processes have been used for remediation of contaminants, as reported in literature, with varying degrees of success [61, 127,128,129,130,131,132,133,134, 181,182,183]. Jain and Arnepalli  reported that bioremediation involves several chemical and biological approaches such as biomineralization, bioaccumulation, biosorption, bioimmobilization, phytoremediation, etc. They further stated that it is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly remediation technique, as it remediates contaminants by adsorption. Remediation using MICP through ureolytic processes is effective because the products (calcites) are not sensitive to redox potentials, thereby hindering release of the contaminants back into the environment [127, 128]. A microorganism can be used for remediation of contaminants if it possesses any of the following characteristics: the ability to utilize, transform, degrade, or grow in the presence of the contaminants, thus toxicity testing is essential, as reported in Ref. . Note that some of these contaminants are essential for cell growth, although they may be toxic at high concentrations due to serious health-related issues.
Advantages of the MICP technique
Considering the economic aspects of this soil improvement technique, Ivanov and Chu  gave a raw material cost estimate for microbial grouting of US $0.5/m3 to US $9.0/m3, while the total cost of the MICP treatment (i.e., material, equipment, and installation) in saturated soils was reported to range from US $25/m3 to US $75/m3 . However, similar studies  have shown that materials and costs can be reduced through more effective cementation, while Karol  reported that the cost of placement for chemical grouting can be a major part of the total cost.
Apart from the greenhouse effect associated with the production of cement, the cost of producing materials needed in biogrout is far cheaper when compared with the cost of cement production [187, 188]. The MICP technique is based on natural processes that require less energy; it can be carried out at ambient temperature, beneath existing structures without disturbing them, and can allow improvement over a large area. Studies [15, 20, 73, 149, 189] have also shown that MICP treatment of soil results in a substantial increase in its strength, stiffness, and dilative behavior, resulting in improved geotechnical properties of the soil in order to solve several engineering problems.
Challenges in the MICP technique
Limitations of microbes
Most MICP laboratory studies have been carried out under nutrient-rich conditions , while in practical applications, such as soil reinforcement, metal remediation, repair of cracks in concrete, etc., such conditions are quite rare. Furthermore, microbes may be exposed to unfavorable conditions such as high pH, high temperature and pressure, desiccation, evaporation, oxygen and nutrient deficiency, salt concentration, etc. in the field.
Field conditions limit the bacterial strains within the soil, which is a requirement for MICP to occur. Although several reported field studies were conducted at high pressure, most bacteria used in MICP have been cultured at ambient temperature and pressure . However, it is difficult for bacteria cultured in the ambient temperature range of 20–37 °C to survive or maintain their microbial activities at a temperature of 120 °C .
Soil improvement using MICP is a novel and innovative technique compared with the conventional methods that have been in use for environmental applications. Undesired byproducts (e.g., ammonium, ammonia, hydrogen sulfite, nitrite, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide) generated during the various MICP processes may pose environmental and health risks [64, 65, 68, 70, 71, 192]; For example, ammonium (the byproduct of ureolysis) is very costly to treat in groundwater. van Paassen  reported that, if an incomplete reaction occurs during denitrification (a method used in MICP), greenhouse gases such as nitrite and nitrous oxide will be produced. Alley  reported that nitrous oxide has an atmospheric lifespan of 114 years and is a dominant greenhouse gas, having a 300-fold greater potential for global warming effects compared with carbon dioxide.
Another undesired byproduct of the MICP process is the toxic and combustible H2S gas released by sulfate-reducing bacteria, which results in many environmental and health issues . However, undesired byproducts can be mitigated by: (1) identifying other strategies or techniques to prevent their generation, (2) using the byproducts for other applications nearby, or (3) adopting treatments to eliminate the byproducts .
Nonuniform injection of microbes and cementation reagents
The presence of microorganisms, sufficient nutrients, and cementation reagents in a soil medium is required for the beneficial application of the MICIP technique . Dejong  reported that both the nutrients and cementation reagents can rapidly be exhausted due to: (1) the flow rates through the soil medium being too fast for reaction to occur, (2) nutrients not being provided in sufficient quantity, or (3) nutrients being exhausted over time. To overcome some of these challenges, studies [4, 20, 24, 109, 195] have been conducted to determine or optimize the quantities of injection of the microbes, nutrients, and cementation reagents. Some of the reported findings of the studies are: (1) The stop-flow injection method is preferred over continuous and recirculation methods of injection, as it provides an even and more uniform distribution of calcite when compared with the other two methods, which either result in greater filling of voids near the injection points or flushing of some of the microbes, preventing their participation in the precipitation process; (2) A maximum of two-thirds of the pore volume should be used as the injection volume for the microbes, nutrients, and cementation reagents : (3) It is recommended  that a maximum of one-third of the pore volume should be used for the injection of microbes, an approach that yielded positive results with tropical residual soils [113,114,115].
Microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) is a sustainable green technique for improving the engineering properties of soils. The six mechanisms of MICP reviewed herein (urea hydrolysis, photosynthesis, sulfate reduction, denitrification, ammonification, and methane oxidation) reveal that only photosynthesis yields a desirable byproduct, while the remaining mechanisms generate undesired byproducts that still represent challenges for this technique. There is a direct relationship between the UCS of treated soils and the bacterial suspension density in MICP processes. Also, there is an indirect relationship between the hydraulic conductivity (permeability) and bacterial suspension density, which is an important parameter when MICP treatment of soil is considered for waste containment facilities. For the MICP technique to be effectively used for the improvement of soil properties, geometric compatibility, nucleation (bacteria mostly exist within the soil environment), a temperature range of 25–70 °C, and a pH range of 8.0–9.5 must be satisfied. Based on this review, larger-scale use of MICP processes, targeting the improvement of the engineering properties for sandy and residual soils (expansive and lateritic soils) for various engineering applications, represents a research opportunity that could be explored in the near future.
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Osinubi, K.J., Eberemu, A.O., Ijimdiya, T.S. et al. Review of the use of microorganisms in geotechnical engineering applications. SN Appl. Sci. 2, 207 (2020) doi:10.1007/s42452-020-1974-2
- Calcite precipitation
- Liquefaction mitigation
- Waste containment