Dolostone bioreceptivity to fungal colonization


  • B. Cámara Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales (CSIC)
  • A. de los Ríos Instituto de Geologia Económica CSIC-UCM. Laboratorio de Petrología Aplicada. Unidad Asociada CSIC-UA
  • M. A. García del Cura Instituto de Geologia Económica CSIC-UCM. Laboratorio de Petrología Aplicada. Unidad Asociada CSIC-UA
  • V. Galván Facultad Patrimonio Cultural Universidad SEK
  • C. Ascaso Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales (CSIC)



Bioreceptivity, Colonization strategies, Dolostone, Lithobiontic fungi, Stone textures


In many historic monuments in which signs of biodeterioration have been frequently reported, dolostones were used as dimension stone for their construction. In an effort to assess the influence of the texture of dolostones on their potential bioreceptivity, we characterized microbial colonization strategies in dolostone samples of predictably different textural features by scanning electron microscopy in back scattered electron mode (SEM-BSE), low temperature scanning electron microscopy (LTSEM), transmission light microscopy (TLM) and mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP). Fungi were the predominant microorganisms in the dolostones examined and their colonization showed three well defined stages with the final consequence of complete rock disaggregation. The results of this study indicate that porosity differences (mainly the extent and type) were particularly relevant for determining the presence and extent of each colonization stage. As a determinant of bioreceptivity, the porosity of dolostones will also condition the decay processes associated with this colonization. These findings highlight the fact that the intrinsic properties of dolostones, such as texture, need to be considered when selecting this type of stone for future construction projects.


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How to Cite

Cámara, B., de los Ríos, A., García del Cura, M. A., Galván, V., & Ascaso, C. (2008). Dolostone bioreceptivity to fungal colonization. Materiales De Construcción, 58(289-290), 113–124.



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