Fungi in Extreme Environments: Ecological Role and Biotechnological Significance

  • Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro
  • Martin Grube

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Biodiversity, Ecology, Genetics and Physiology of Extremophilic Fungi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Angeles Aguilera, Elena González-Toril
      Pages 21-38
    3. Tássio Brito de Oliveira, Andre Rodrigues
      Pages 39-57
    4. Miriam I. Hutchinson, Amy J. Powell, José Herrera, Donald O. Natvig
      Pages 59-80
    5. Robert Russell M. Paterson, Nelson Lima
      Pages 81-96
    6. Claudio Gennaro Ametrano, Lucia Muggia, Martin Grube
      Pages 119-143
    7. Masaharu Tsuji, Sakae Kudoh, Yukiko Tanabe, Tamotsu Hoshino
      Pages 145-156
    8. Muhammad Rafiq, Noor Hassan, Maliha Rehman, Fariha Hasan
      Pages 157-174
    9. Mackenzie E. Malo, Ekaterina Dadachova
      Pages 175-184
    10. Martina Hujslová, Milan Gryndler
      Pages 185-203
    11. Donatella Tesei, Katja Sterflinger, Gorji Marzban
      Pages 205-249
  3. Biotechnological Applications of Extremophilic Fungi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Marcelo Baeza, Oriana Flores, Jennifer Alcaíno, Víctor Cifuentes
      Pages 253-268
    3. Gurram Shyam Prasad
      Pages 269-289
    4. Imran Ali, Samira Khaliq, Sumbal Sajid, Ali Akbar
      Pages 291-306
    5. Ayesha Sadaf, Syeda Warisul Fatima, Sunil K. Khare
      Pages 307-328
  4. Biosynthesis of Novel Biomolecules and Extremozymes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Muhammad Zain Ul Arifeen, Ya-Rong Xue, Chang-Hong Liu
      Pages 331-347
    3. Lesley-Ann Giddings, David J. Newman
      Pages 349-382
    4. Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro
      Pages 383-394
    5. Duo-Chuan Li, Anastassios C. Papageorgiou
      Pages 395-417
    6. Om Prakash, Kapil Mahabare, Krishna Kumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma
      Pages 441-462
  5. Bioenergy and Biofuel Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
    2. Shomaila Sikandar, Imran Afzal, Naeem Ali, Katrina Cornish
      Pages 465-478
    3. Abha Sharma, Anamika Sharma, Surender Singh, Ramesh Chander Kuhad, Lata Nain
      Pages 479-502
  6. Bioremediation and Biosolids Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 503-503
    2. Wai Kit Chan, Dirk Wildeboer, Hemda Garelick, Diane Purchase
      Pages 505-515
    3. María Martha Martorell, Lucas Adolfo Mauro Ruberto, Lucía Inés Figueroa de Castellanos, Walter Patricio Mac Cormack
      Pages 517-534
    4. Leopoldo Naranjo-Briceño, Beatriz Pernía, Trigal Perdomo, Meralys González, Ysvic Inojosa, Ángela De Sisto et al.
      Pages 559-586
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 607-626

About this book


Over the last decades, scientists have been intrigued by the fascinating organisms that inhabit extreme environments.  These organisms, known as extremophiles, thrive in habitats which for other terrestrial life-forms are intolerably hostile or even lethal. Based on such technological advances, the study of extremophiles has provided, over the last few years, ground-breaking discoveries that challenge the paradigms of modern biology.  In the new bioeconomy, fungi in general,  play a very important role in addressing major global challenges, being instrumental for improved resource efficiency, making renewable substitutes for products from fossil resources, upgrading waste streams to valuable food and feed ingredients, counteracting life-style diseases and antibiotic resistance through strengthening the gut biota, making crop plants more robust to survive climate change conditions, and functioning as host organisms for production of new biological drugs. This range of new uses of fungi all stand on the shoulders of the efforts of mycologists over generations.


The book is organized in five parts: (I) Biodiversity, Ecology, Genetics and Physiology of Extremophilic Fungi, (II) Biosynthesis of Novel Biomolecules and Extremozymes (III) Bioenergy and Biofuel synthesis, and (IV) Wastewater and biosolids treatment, and (V) Bioremediation.



Fungal ecology Biotechnology Extremophilic fungi Fungal extremozymes Extremophiles Biocatalysis Extremophilic fungal ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sonia M. Tiquia-Arashiro
    • 1
  • Martin Grube
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Natural SciencesUniversity of Michigan-DearbornDearbornUSA
  2. 2.Institute of BiologyUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

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