Biosilica in Evolution, Morphogenesis, and Nanobiotechnology

Case Study Lake Baikal

  • Werner E. G. Müller
  • Mikhael A. Grachev

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Geology – Paleontology – Paleoclimate

  3. Organisms: Sponges

    1. Matthias Wiens, Petra Wrede, Vladislav A. Grebenjuk, Oxana V. Kaluzhnaya, Sergey I. Belikov, Heinz C. Schröder et al.
      Pages 111-144
    2. Werner E. G. Müller, Sergey I. Belikov, Oxana V. Kaluzhnaya, L. Chernogor, Anatoli Krasko, Heinz C. Schröder
      Pages 145-170
  4. Evolution

    1. Christopher Exley
      Pages 173-184
    2. Elena Veynberg
      Pages 185-205
    3. Matthias Wiens, Vladislav A. Grebenjuk, Heinz C. Schröder, Isabel M. Müller, Werner E. G. Müller
      Pages 207-234
  5. Role of Biosilica in Morphogenesis

  6. Biosilica Formation

    1. Heinz C. Schröder, Ute Schloßmacher, Alexandra Boreiko, Filipe Natalio, Malgorzata Baranowska, David Brandt et al.
      Pages 251-273
  7. Role of Biosilica in Materials Science

    1. Yu. N. Kulchin, A. V. Bezverbny, O. A. Bukin, S. S. Voznesensky, A. N. Galkina, A. L. Drozdov et al.
      Pages 315-340
    2. Elisa Mele, Dario Pisignano
      Pages 341-358
    3. A.-K. Lührs, Werner Geurtsen
      Pages 359-380
  8. Role of Biosilica in Nanobiotechnology

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 417-421

About this book


Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest and most voluminous lake on Earth, comprising one fifth of the World’s unfrozen fresh water. It hosts the highest number of endemic animals recorded in any freshwater lake. Until recently it remained enigmatic why such a high diversity evolved in the isolated Lake Baikal. Focusing on the sponges (phylum Porifera) as an example, some answers are provided to fundamental questions on evolutionary forces. The characteristic feature of these animals is that they form their polymeric silicic acid skeleton enzymatically. This process is explored using modern molecular biological and cellular biological techniques to outline strategies to fabricate novel materials applicable in biomedicine and nanooptics.


Fauna Fresh water Sediment Sedimentation biomedicine biotechnology chemistry conservation isolation nanobiotechnology polymer porifera silica sponges transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Werner E. G. Müller
    • 1
  • Mikhael A. Grachev
    • 2
  1. 1.Inst. Physiologische Chemie Abt. Angewandte MolekularbiologieUniversität MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Siberian Branch, Limnological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesIrkutskRussia

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