Silicon Biomineralization: Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
Edited by Müller, W. E.G.
During evolution silica deposition has been used in Protozoa, Metazoa and in plants as
skeletal elements. It appears that the mechanisms for the formation of biogenic silica
have evolved independently in these three taxa. In Protozoa and plants biosilicification
appears to be primarily driven by non-enzymatic processes and procedes on organic matrices.
In contrast, in sponges (phylum Porifera) this process is mediated by enzymes; the initiation
of this process is likewise dependent on organic matrices.
Hardcover XIII, 340 pp, 106 illus, 17 in color ISBN 9783540005377
In this monograph the role of biosilica as stabilizing structures in different organisms
is reviewed and their role for morphogenetic processes is outlined. It provides an up-to-date
summary of the mechanisms by which polymeric biosilica is formed. The volume is intended
for biologists, biochemists and molecular biologists, involved in the understanding of structure
formation in living organisms and will also be very useful for scientists working in the field of
applied Nanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology.
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