Isolation of a wide range of minerals from a thermally treated plant: Equisetum arvense, a Mare’s tale

Sola-Rabada, A., Rinck, J., Belton, D.J., Powell, A.K. and Perry, C.C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1517-468X, 2016. Isolation of a wide range of minerals from a thermally treated plant: Equisetum arvense, a Mare’s tale. JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. ISSN 0949-8257

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Abstract

Silica is the second most abundant biomineral being exceeded in nature only by biogenic CaCO3. Many land plants (such as rice, cereals, cucumber, etc.) deposit silica in significant amounts to reinforce their tissues and as a systematic response to pathogen attack. One of the most ancient species of living vascular plants, Equisetum arvense is also able to take up and accumulate silica in all parts of the plant. Numerous methods have been developed for elimination of the organic material and/or metal ions present in plant material to isolate biogenic silica. However, depending on the chemical and/or physical treatment applied to branch or stem from Equisetum arvense; other mineral forms such glass-type materials (i.e. CaSiO3), salts (i.e. KCl) or luminescent materials can also be isolated from the plant material. In the current contribution, we show the chemical and/or thermal routes that lead to the formation of a number of different mineral types in addition to biogenic silica.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: JBIC Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Creators: Sola-Rabada, A., Rinck, J., Belton, D.J., Powell, A.K. and Perry, C.C.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 13 January 2016
ISSN: 0949-8257
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10.1007/s00775-015-1320-0DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Feb 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:59
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27027

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