Evidence of formation of glushinskite as a biomineral in a Cactaceae species

Paula V. Monje, Enrique J. Baran

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Abstract

The X-ray diffractometric and infrared spectroscopic investigation of crystalline material isolated from the Cactaceae species Opuntia ellisiana shows the presence of a very complex mineral composition, including whewellite (monohydrated calcium oxalate), opal (SiO2), calcite (CaCO 3) and glushinskite (dihydrated magnesium oxalate). This is the first report of the presence of magnesium oxalate in plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalPhytochemistry
Volume66
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biominerals
  • Cactaceae
  • Glushinskite
  • IR spectra
  • Opuntia ellisiana
  • X-ray diffractometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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