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Biocommunication of Ciliates

  • Guenther Witzany
  • Mariusz Nowacki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sarah Allen, Mariusz Nowacki
    Pages 35-50
  3. Peter Satir, Birgit H. Satir
    Pages 51-63
  4. John R. Bracht, Emily M. Ferraro, Kathryn A. Bracht
    Pages 97-119
  5. György Csaba
    Pages 121-138
  6. Yelena Bisharyan, Theodore Clark
    Pages 139-157
  7. Pierangelo Luporini, Claudio Alimenti, Bill Pedrini, Adriana Vallesi
    Pages 159-174
  8. Wendy Ashlock, Takahiko Akematsu, Ronald Pearlman
    Pages 175-193
  9. Staffan Jacob, Jean Clobert, Delphine Legrand, Nicolas Schtickzelle, Alexis S. Chaine
    Pages 235-252
  10. Christopher S. Lobban, María Schefter
    Pages 305-326
  11. Thomas Weisse, Bettina Sonntag
    Pages 351-372

About this book


This is the first coherent description of all levels of communication of ciliates. Ciliates are highly sensitive organisms that actively compete for environmental resources. They assess their surroundings, estimate how much energy they need for particular goals, and then realize the optimum variant. They take measures to control certain environmental resources. They perceive themselves and can distinguish between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. They process and evaluate information and then modify their behavior accordingly.

These highly diverse competences show us that this is possible owing to sign(aling)-mediated communication processes within ciliates (intra-organismic), between the same, related and different ciliate species (inter-organismic), and between ciliates and non-ciliate organisms (trans-organismic). This is crucial in coordinating growth and development, shape and dynamics.

This book further serves as a learning tool for research aspects in biocommunication in ciliates. It will guide scientists in further investigations on ciliate behavior, how they mediate signaling processes between themselves and the environment.


ciliate ciliate communication ciliate memory ciliate non-ciliate communication ciliate vocabulary ciliate sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Guenther Witzany
    • 1
  • Mariusz Nowacki
    • 2
  1. 1.Telos- Philosophische PraxisBuermoos, SalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Institut für ZellbiologieUniversität BernBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information


“This book is an absolute treasure trove of information on the molecular aspects of the cell biology of ciliates.” (Michael Lynch, Bloomington, Indiana University)