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Chrysotileasbestos is progressively converted into a non-fibrous amorphous material by the chelating action of lichen metabolites

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Abstract

A natural deactivation of chrysotile asbestos occurs on serpentinite rocks where lichens selectively grow on the fibres and secrete metabolites, including oxalic acid, which, in the long term, turn the fibres into a non-toxic amorphous material.

Graphical abstract: Chrysotile asbestos is progressively converted into a non-fibrous amorphous material by the chelating action of lichen metabolites

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The article was received on 27 May 2005, accepted on 01 Jul 2005 and first published on 11 Jul 2005


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B507569F
J. Environ. Monit., 2005,7, 764-766

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    Chrysotile asbestos is progressively converted into a non-fibrous amorphous material by the chelating action of lichen metabolites

    S. E. Favero-Longo, F. Turci, M. Tomatis, D. Castelli, P. Bonfante, M. F. Hochella, R. Piervittori and B. Fubini, J. Environ. Monit., 2005, 7, 764
    DOI: 10.1039/B507569F

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