Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News
  • Published:

Microbes give statues facelifts

Soil bacteria could shield limestone sculptures from acid rain.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Rodriguez-Navarro, C., Rodriquez-Gallego, M., Chekroun, K. B. & Gonzalez-Muñoz, M. T. Conservation of ornamental stone by Myxococcus xanthus-induced carbonate biomineralization. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 69, 2182 - 2193, (2003).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


Additional information

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Related links

Related links

Related external links

The Getty Conservation Institute

Institute of Fine Arts, New York

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Hoag, H. Microbes give statues facelifts. Nature (2003).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing