Killer clays! Natural antibacterial clay minerals

Lynda Williams, M. Holland, D. D. Eberl, T. Brunet, L. Brunet De Courrsou

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The clay chemical properties that may be important in medicine were investigated. It was found that natural clay minerals can have striking and very specific effects on microbial populations. The effects can range from potentially enhanced microbial growth to complete sterilization. This paper presents evidence that natural clay minerals can be effective antimicrobial agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalMineralogical Society Bulletin
Issue number139
StatePublished - Apr 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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