Detection of Calcium carbonate precipitation by soil bacteria and its Infrared spectroscopic analysis

J. Neena Priya, M. Kannan, Shahanaz Begum, S. Chitra


Bacteria are ubiquitous in every habitat on earth, growing in soil and also in deep in the earth’s crust. They are able to induce the precipitation of minerals, either by highly controlled phenomenon called microbiologically induced calcite precipitation (MICP). Minerals which are synthesized by biomineralization processes include silica, iron oxides, hydroxyapatite, and calcium carbonate in various polymorph orientations, e.g. calcite, aragonite, and vaterite. Calcium carbonate precipitation, a widespread phenomenon among bacteria, has been investigated due to its wide range of scientific and technological implications. In this study, soil bacteria was isolated, identified for the in vitro precipitation of calcium carbonate by optimizing various parameters of the growth and confirmed by Infrared spectroscopic analysis.


Biomineralization, calcite, Soil bacteria, Spectroscopic analysis.

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