Complex biomineralization pattern in cactaceae

Paula V. Monje, Enrique J. Baran

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The infrared spectroscopic investigation of biominerals isolated from different Cactaceae species belonging to the Opuntioideae subfamily shows the presence of a very complex mineral composition, including whewellite (monohydrated calcium oxalate), opal (SiO2) and calcite (CaCO 3). This is the first report on the presence of a calcium carbonate in these types of plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-123
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Plant Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements. The authors are indebted to Dr. D. Eppele (Bis-bee, Arizona) for providing the investigated cacti specimens. This work has been supported by CONICET and ANPCyT (PICT 06-06148). EJB is a member of the Research Career of CONICET.


  • Cactaceae
  • Calcite
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Opuntioideae biominerals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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