The papers included in this thematic issue were presented in the last two meetings of the Silicofossil Group of The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS; Lille in 2011; Cambridge in 2013). The variety and scope of work presented at these meetings highlights the breadth of research within the silicofossil community. The Silicofossil Group emerged within TMS in the early 2000s mainly because of Diatom and Radiolarian specialists and has organized some successful biannual joint meetings with the Palynology Group of TMS. The TMS Silicofossil Group is unique as it encompasses several taxonomic groups that share the physiological adaptation of using silica to synthesize skeletal forms. As such, silica biomineralization is a common area of interest to the members of the Silicofossil Group, including factors controlling growth, morphology and preservation of siliceous microfossils. This encompasses diverse themes including physiology, taxonomy, evolution, genetics and ecology, and application-based topics related to, for example, biochemical engineering, palaeoceanography, palaeolimnology, biostratigraphy and palaeobiology, ranging from molecular-scale (genetics, physiology, etc.) to global-scale (geochemical cycling, biodiversity, etc.) studies.
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