Feature Papers in Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

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Environment & Sustainability Institute and Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, Penryn Cornwall TR10 9DF, UK
Interests: mine waste characterization; management and remediation; environmental mineralogy; mineral-microbe interactions; mineral dissolution; sulfate minerals; biogeochemical cycles; economic geology
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Department of Planetology and Habitability, Astrobiology Center (CAB, CSIC-INTA), 28850 Madrid, Spain
Interests: environmental mineralogy; hydrogeochemistry; biogeochemistry; geomicrobiology; metal-mineral-microbe interaction; biomineralization; biogeochemical cycles; metal transport; metal sorption; mineral solubility; acid mine drainage; lake research
School of Engineering, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, VIC 3216, Australia
Interests: industrial sustainability; environmental geochemistry; mineral-water interface geochemistry; organo-mineral interactions; X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry is a broad and expanding field of research in Earth and Planetary Sciences. The field interfaces with a range of other disciplines including geology, chemistry, biology, soil science, materials science, archaeology, atmospheric science, nanoscience, medicine and engineering. In this Special Issue we celebrate the growth of this exciting field by publishing invited Feature Papers in key subject areas. We have attempted to cover the breadth of the field, including topics that are emerging and that have not been extensively researched (e.g., arsenic), as well as those that are established but growing rapidly. These topics include geomicrobiology, the environmental mineralogy of Mars, extreme soils and their remediation, mineral-organic interactions, mine waste geochemistry, mineralogy and microbiology, biomineralization, Mn and U geochemistry, and the geochemistry and mineralogy of emerging contaminants.

Prof. Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards
Prof. Dr. Javier Sánchez-España
Dr. Ellen Moon
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  • geomicrobiology
  • Mars
  • extreme soils
  • mineral-organic interactions
  • mine waste
  • biomineralisation
  • Mn and U geochemistry
  • emerging contaminants

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Mineralogy and Zn Chemical Speciation in a Soil-Plant System from a Metal-Extreme Environment: A Study on Helichrysum microphyllum subsp. tyrrhenicum (Campo Pisano Mine, SW Sardinia, Italy)
by Maria Enrica Boi, Daniela Medas, Giuliana Aquilanti, Gianluigi Bacchetta, Giovanni Birarda, Giovanna Cappai, Ilaria Carlomagno, Maria Antonietta Casu, Alessandra Gianoncelli, Carlo Meneghini, Martina Piredda, Francesca Podda, Marco Porceddu, Valentina Rimondi, Lisa Vaccari and Giovanni De Giudici
Minerals 2020, 10(3), 259; https://doi.org/10.3390/min10030259 - 12 Mar 2020
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Environmental contamination due to human activities is a worldwide problem that has led to the development of different remediation techniques, including biotechnological approaches such as phytoextraction and phytostabilization. These techniques take advantage of pioneer plants that naturally develop tolerance mechanisms to survive in [...] Read more.
Environmental contamination due to human activities is a worldwide problem that has led to the development of different remediation techniques, including biotechnological approaches such as phytoextraction and phytostabilization. These techniques take advantage of pioneer plants that naturally develop tolerance mechanisms to survive in extreme environments. A multi-technique and multi-disciplinary approach was applied for the investigation of Helichrysum microphyllum subsp. tyrrhenicum samples, bulk soil, and rhizospheres collected from a metal-extreme environment (Zn-Pb mine of Campo Pisano, SW Sardinia, Italy). Zinc, Pb, and Cd are the most abundant metals, with Zn attaining 3 w/w% in the rhizosphere solid materials, inducing oxidative stress in the roots as revealed by infrared microspectroscopy (IR). X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and chemical analysis coupled with synchrotron radiation-based (SR) techniques demonstrate that quartz, dolomite, and weddellite biominerals precipitate in roots, stems, and leaves, likely as a response to environmental stress. In the rhizosphere, Zn chemical speciation is mainly related to the Zn ore minerals (smithsonite and hydrozincite) whereas, in plant tissues, Zn is primarily bound to organic compounds such as malate, cysteine, and histidine molecules that act as metal binders and, eventually, detoxification agents for the Zn excess. These findings suggest that H. microphyllum subsp. tyrrhenicum has developed its own adaptation strategy to survive in polluted substrates, making it a potential candidate for phytostabilization aimed at mitigating the dispersion of metals in the surrounding areas. Full article
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