From biogenic to biomimetic silica

Thibaud CORADIN, Pascal Jean LOPEZ, Clémentine GAUTIER & Jacques LIVAGE

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 3 (6-7) - Pages 443-452

Published on 31 October 2004

This article is a part of the thematic issue Biomineralization: diversity and unity

Although widespread in nature, the biomineralisation processes of silica formation by living organisms are still poorly understood. Recent advances in the elucidation of biosilicification mechanisms by combining analytical, biomolecular and biomimetic approaches are reviewed, focusing on sponge spicule and diatoms frustule biosynthesis. .


Silica, biomineralisation, sponges, diatoms

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