General and Applied Aspects of Halophilic Microorganisms

  • Francisco Rodriguez-Valera

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 201)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Taxonomy, Ecology and Phylogeny

  3. Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Johannes F. Imhoff, Toni Ditandy, Bernhard Thiemann
      Pages 115-120
    3. Michael J. Danson, David W. Hough, Nataraj Vettakkorumakankav, Kenneth J. Stevenson
      Pages 121-128
    4. Lawrence I. Hochstein
      Pages 129-137
    5. Eilo Hildebrand, Angelika Schimz
      Pages 149-155
    6. Joaquín J. Nieto
      Pages 173-179
  4. Composition and Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. B. J. Tindall, Birgit Amendt, Christiana Dahl
      Pages 199-205
    3. Y. Nakatani, T. Lazrak, A. Milon, G. Wolff, G. Ourisson
      Pages 207-215
    4. Nicholas J. Russell, Rachel L. Adams
      Pages 225-231
    5. R. H. Vreeland, S. L. Daigle, S. T. Fields, D. J. Hart, E. L. Martin
      Pages 233-241
  5. Molecular Biology and Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Mary C. Betlach, Richard F. Shand
      Pages 259-264
    3. W. Ford Doolittle, Robert L. Charlebois, Leo C. Schalkwyk, Wan. L. Lam, R. Keith Conover, Dina Tsouluhas et al.
      Pages 271-276
    4. Balakrishna Pillay, Ursula Rdest, Werner Goebel
      Pages 277-283
    5. Felicitas Pfeifer, Mary Horne, Christoph Englert, Ulrike Blaseio
      Pages 285-293
    6. Irène Sorokine, Kamel Ben-Mahrez, Masashi Nakayama, Masamichi Kohiyama
      Pages 313-319
    7. Wolfram Zillig, Peter Palm, Hans-Peter Klenk, Gabriela Pühler, Felix Gropp, Christa Schleper
      Pages 321-332
    8. Patrick Forterre, Daniele Gadelle, Franck Charbonnier, Mouldy Sioud
      Pages 333-338
  6. Applied Aspects of Halophilic Organisms

About this book


During recent years the subject of extreme environments and extremophiles has become a central topic in modern Biology. The capability of some microorganisms to withstand, and often prefer, the harsh conditions found in such environments is helping to define the physicho-chemicallimits of life and in consequence its essential nature. Halophiles are one of the most representative types of extremophiles, requiring high concentrations of inorganic salts, mostly sodium chloride, to grow and survive. They inhabit hypersaline environments, the distribution and abundance of which dur ing geological eras are attested by the vast amounts of evaporite rocks present in the Earth crust and by their role in the generation of petroleum deposits. The corditions of high osmolarity and ionic strength that are concomitant with concentrated salt solutions challenge the stability of lipid bilayers and the structure of proteins forcing halophilic microbes to develop specialized molecules and physiological me;;hanisms to cope with this environmental stress. Even so, halophilism is a widespread trait in the microbial world. All the major groups of eucaryotic microbes, two groups of archaeobacteria and most phylogenetic branches of eubacteria have halophilic representatives. Therefore, the study of halophilic microorganisms is indeed a highly heterogeneous and extense topic. The present volume contains the contributions to the FEMS-NATO Advanced Research Workshop on "General and Applied Aspects of Halophilic Microorganisms" held at Alicante, Spain, September 17-22, 1989.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Francisco Rodriguez-Valera
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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