© 1981

Silicon and Siliceous Structures in Biological Systems

  • Tracy L. Simpson
  • Benjamin E. Volcani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. T. L. Simpson, B. E. Volcani
      Pages 3-12
  3. Physiological Aspects of Silicon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. C. W. Sullivan, B. E. Volcani
      Pages 15-42
    3. F. Azam, B. E. Volcani
      Pages 43-67
    4. E. M. Carlisle
      Pages 69-94
  4. Siliceous Structures: Distribution, Deposition, Ultrastructure, Morphogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Algal Groups

    3. Protozoa

      1. F. W. Harrison, D. Dunkelberger, N. Watabe, A. B. Stump
        Pages 281-294
      2. W. R. Riedel, A. Sanfilippo
        Pages 323-346
    4. Higher Plants

      1. A. G. Sangster, D. W. Parry
        Pages 383-407
      2. P. B. Kaufman, P. Dayanandan, Y. Takeoka, W. C. Bigelow, J. D. Jones, R. Iler
        Pages 409-449
    5. Sponges

      1. W. D. Hartman
        Pages 453-493

About this book


The publication of this book was undertaken with two purposes in view: to bring together informatian on the deposition by living organ­ isms of unique skeletal structures composed of amorphous silica, and to review recent data on the involvement of silicon in physiological and biochemical processes. Although widely varying viewpoints are represented, all the contributors are very interested in the events in­ volved in the formatian of siliceaus structures and their function. Data presented deal with these questions in a variety of plant and animal systems, and at levels ranging from the evolutionary to the biochemical and ultrastructural. Innovations in electron microscopy and, indeed, the advent of electron microscopy itself, have stimulated many ultra­ structural studies of silica deposition, work which has deepened and widened the interest in those organisms which routinely produce "glassy skeletons. " The question of how silicon participates in biological systems in­ volves a spectrum of fields that indudes the chemistry of silicon per se, its biogeochemistry, biochemistry, ecology, and so forth. In this book, however, attention is focused up on the biological aspects of silicon and siliceous structures, with emphasis on the evolutian, phylogeny, morphology, and distribution of siliceaus structures, on the cellular as­ peets of silica deposition, and on the physiological and biochemical roles of silicon. This volume represents the first compilatian of such data. Because such a variety of subjects and fields are covered, the reader will have to glean for himself some of the comparative aspects of the data.


Calcium Silicon biochemistry cell cell division chemistry cytology electron microscopy evolution influence membrane metabolism microscopy morphogenesis morphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Tracy L. Simpson
    • 1
  • Benjamin E. Volcani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of HartfordWest HartfordUSA
  2. 2.Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego La JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Silicon and Siliceous Structures in Biological Systems
  • Editors T.L. Simpson
    B.E. Volcani
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-90592-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-5946-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-5944-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 587
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cell Biology
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