, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 49–50 | Cite as

Boris M. Kozo-Polyansky, Symbiogenesis: A New Principle of Evolution

Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2010, 198 pp, translated by V. Fet with commentaries written by L. N. Khakhina, P. H. Raven, and L. Margulis, Price $35.00, [ISBN 978-0-674-05045-7]
  • Karl J. NiklasEmail author
Book Review

The concept of endosymbiosis (that mitochondria and chloroplasts are the evolutionary by-products of what were originally independent bacterial life-forms) and the concept of symbiogenesis (that some multicellular eukaryotes are the result of separate organisms merging to form new, single organisms) have a long and distinguished history, but one that has gone unrecognized or even denied by many Anglophones, most of whom were unable to read German or Russian. In his 1882 textbook Lectures on the Physiology of Plants, Julius von Sachs stated that “chlorophyll bodies” (chloroplasts) behave like independent, autonomous organisms that grow by division and adapt in number to the size of expanding leaves. In 1890, the German cytologist R. Altmann demonstrated that ”cell granules” (mitochondria) display the same staining properties as bacteria. Later still, in 1905, the Russian botanist and lichenologist C. Mereschkowsky postulated that plastids (e.g., chloroplasts) are the evolutionary...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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