Biomineralization and Biological Metal Accumulation

Biological and Geological Perspectives Papers presented at the Fourth International Symposium on Biomineralization, Renesse, The Netherlands, June 2–5, 1982

  • P. Westbroek
  • E. W. de Jong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction Biological Metal Accumulation and Biomineralization in a Geological Perspective

  3. Global Cycling and Biomineralization

  4. Aspects of Calcification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. G. H. Nancollas, K. Sawada, E. Schuttringer
      Pages 155-169
    3. S. Mann, S. B. Parker, C. C. Perry, M. D. Ross, A. J. Skarnulis, R. J. P. Williams
      Pages 171-183
    4. S. B. Parker, S. Mann, M. D. Ross, A. J. Skarnulis, R. J. P. Williams
      Pages 185-189
    5. S. Weiner, W. Traub, H. A. Lowenstam
      Pages 205-224
    6. Hiroshi Nakahara
      Pages 225-230
    7. G. Krampitz, H. Drolshagen, J. Häusle, K. Hof-Irmscher
      Pages 231-247
    8. P. Westbroek, J. Tanke-Visser, J. P. M. De Vrind, R. Spuy, W. van der Pol, E. W. De Jong
      Pages 249-253
    9. Iwao Kobayashi, Katsutomo Mano, Fumio Isogai, Masae Omori
      Pages 261-266
    10. E. W. de Jong, P. van der Wal, A. H. Borman, J. P. M. de Vrind, P. van Emburg, P. Westbroek et al.
      Pages 291-301
    11. A. H. Borman, E. W. De Jong, M. Huizinga, P. Westbroek
      Pages 303-305
    12. Stjepko Golubic
      Pages 313-326
    13. Jaap J. Boon, J. W. de Leeuw
      Pages 327-334
    14. Leo J. M. J. Blomen, Olav L. M. Bijvoet
      Pages 341-345
    15. J. M. Dean, C. A. Wilson, P. W. Haake, D. W. Beckman
      Pages 353-359
  5. Biological Accumulation of Metals Other than Calcium

About this book


Biominerals are generated by the subtle interaction of biological organization and mineral growth. They belong both to the living and the inanimate world and as such their genesis is among the most intri­ guing and fundamental subjects in science. However, the conceptual and technical resources that are available in physical chemistry and in the biological sciences is often inadequate for the elucidation of the pro­ blems involved, and hence this field is particularly difficult to ex­ plore. This may be an important reason why fundamental research on bio­ mineralization mechanisms has traditionally been carried out by a com­ paratively small group of scientists. There are signs, however, that the situation is ripe for a change. Various meetings on biomineralization have been organized in the last few years, particularly in the medical sector. It is generally felt that further developments in the therapy of bone and tooth diseases will be largely dependent on an improved understanding of the fundamen­ tal underlying mechanisms of biomineralization.


chemistry electron microscopy formation mineral mining

Editors and affiliations

  • P. Westbroek
    • 1
  • E. W. de Jong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryState University of LeidenThe Netherlands

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7946-8
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