Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • Karim Benzerara
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_189-4



Bioprecipitation refers to the process of formation of mineral phases (bioprecipitates or biominerals) by organisms. Cells or associated extracellular polymers can serve as nucleation surfaces and/or alter the chemical composition of fluids and raise the supersaturation of the solution with a mineral phase. Alternatively, bioprecipitation has been used in meteorology to refer to the nucleation of ice by bacteria in clouds resulting in snow or rainfall.


Bioorganic Chemistry Mineral Phase Nucleation Surface Extracellular Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés, UMR 7590CNRS, Université Pierre et Marie Curie &Institut de Physique du Globe de ParisParisFrance