Antônio Valadão Cardoso, Arthur Corrêa, Bárbara Peret, Emerson Eller, Fábio Felício, Haiko Cirne, Rafael Parreiras, Ricardo Tokumoto and Brian Scoggin
This book was produced along 2015 by a team at CBEIH – Centro de Bioengenharia de Espécies Invasoras de Hidrelétricas (Center for Bioengineering of Invasive Species) and LMDM – Laboratório de Material Didático Multimídia (Laboratory of Multimedia Courseware), in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The team, coordinated by prof. Antônio Valadão Cardoso (State University of Minas Gerais) is composed of biologists, designers, illustrators, chemists, architects and engineers.
TEAM: Antônio Valadão Cardoso, Arthur Corrêa, Bárbara Peret, Emerson Eller, Fábio Felício, Haiko Cirne, Rafael Parreiras, Ricardo Tokumoto and Brian Scoggin.
The starting point was the bioengineering group, involved in a study on the golden muscle (Limnoperna fortunei) and its use as a component in the production of biocompatible bone grafts and osteoinductors. The points in common between shell and bone tissue formation inspired the team to delve deeper into the biomineralization phenomenon. The width of the theme plus the necessity to compile a growing number of works on the subject combined up with the team tradition of illustrating and graphically representing the scientific concepts.
The purpose behind this web-book is, before anything else, to bring together diverse areas of scientific knowledge that treat a common theme, specified in the title of the book: biomineralization. This topic is important to doctors, dentists, biologists, geologists, paleontologists, materials engineers, biochemists, prosthetist and other enthusiasts, citing the bare minimum. Currently, these professionals make advances in their respective fields, generally disconsidering the complimentary vision from other areas, and ignoring the richness of work made possible from a multi-disciplined approach.
The book is for, mainly, postgraduate students, but our objective is to illustrate the content, converting large volumes of written content into illustrations, infographics, diagrams and models to make it more accessible to a wider audience.
The content of the book was (and continues to be) organized from diverse sources: the research group’s own experiences (CBEI) and the exchange with other groups with common interests, along with bibliographic periodicals.