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Issue 8, 2005
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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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Submitted
27 May 2005
Accepted
01 Jul 2005
First published
11 Jul 2005

J. Environ. Monit., 2005,7, 764-766
Article type
Communication

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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