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The role of chitin-rich skeletal organic matrix on the crystallization of calcium carbonate in the crustose coralline alga Leptophytum foecundum

Rahman, M. Azizur; Halfar, Jochen; Adey, W.H.; Nash, Merinda; Paulo, Carlos; Dittrich, Maria


The organic matrix (OM) contained in marine calcifiers has a key role in the regulation of crystal deposition, such as crystalline structure, initiation of mineralization, inhibition, and biological/environmental control. However, the functional properties of the chitin-rich skeletal organic matrix on the biological aspect of crystallization in crustose coralline algae have not yet been investigated. Hence, the characterization of organic matrices in the biomineralization process of this...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-47785-2
Access Rights: Open Access


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