Biocommunication of Archaea

  • Guenther Witzany

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. María-Eugenia DeCastro, Juan-José Escuder-Rodríguez, Manuel Becerra, Esther Rodríguez-Belmonte, María-Isabel González-Siso
    Pages 85-101
  3. Harris Bernstein, Carol Bernstein
    Pages 103-117
  4. James C. Charlesworth, Charlotte Beloe, Cara Watters, Brendan P. Burns
    Pages 119-132
  5. Alvaro Orell, Simone Schopf, Lennart Randau, Mario Vera
    Pages 133-146
  6. Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, Bushra F. Minhas, Fayez Aziz, Fizza Mughal, Khuram Shahzad, Guy Tal et al.
    Pages 147-174
  7. Kira S. Makarova, Eugene V. Koonin
    Pages 175-194
  8. Shengqin Wang, Zuhong Lu
    Pages 235-239
  9. Masaharu Takemura, Tomohiro Mochizuki
    Pages 241-264
  10. Shannon M. Soucy, J. Peter Gogarten
    Pages 265-275
  11. Qunxin She, Xu Feng, Wenyuan Han
    Pages 305-318

About this book


Archaea represent a third domain of life with unique properties not found in the other domains. Archaea actively compete for environmental resources. They perceive themselves and can distinguish between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. They process and evaluate available information and then modify their behaviour accordingly. They assess their surroundings, estimate how much energy they need for particular goals, and then realize the optimum variant.
These highly diverse competences show us that this is possible owing to sign(aling)- mediated communication processes within archaeal cells (intra-organismic), between the same, related and different archaeal species (interorganismic), and between archaea and non-archaeal organisms (transorganismic).
This is crucial in coordinating growth and development, shape and dynamics. Such communication must function both on the local level and between widely separated colony parts. This allows archaea to coordinate appropriate response behaviors in a differentiated manner to their current developmental status and physiological influences.
This book will orientate further investigations on how archaeal ecosphere inhabitants communicate with each other to coordinate their behavioral patterns and whats the role of viruses in this highly dynamic interactional networks.


Archaea communication Archaea ecology Archaea interactions Archaea signalling Micro organism

Editors and affiliations

  • Guenther Witzany
    • 1
  1. 1.Telos-Philosophische PraxisBürmoos, SalzburgAustria

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