Dormancy and Resistance in Harsh Environments

  • Esther Lubzens
  • Joan Cerda
  • Melody Clark

Part of the Topics in Current Genetics book series (TCG, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Esther Lubzens, Joan Cerdà, Melody S. Clark
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ruth N. Kaplan-Levy, Ora Hadas, Michael L. Summers, Jacqueline Rücker, Assaf Sukenik
    Pages 5-27
  4. Cecilia Geijer, Daphna Joseph-Strauss, Giora Simchen, Naama Barkai, Stefan Hohmann
    Pages 29-41
  5. Henk W. M. Hilhorst, William E. Finch-Savage, Julia Buitink, William Bolingue, Gerhard Leubner-Metzger
    Pages 43-67
  6. James V. Anderson, David P. Horvath, Wun S. Chao, Michael E. Foley
    Pages 69-90
  7. Alan Tunnacliffe, Dirk K. Hincha, Olivier Leprince, David Macherel
    Pages 91-108
  8. Nadav Y. Denekamp, Koushirou Suga, Atsushi Hagiwara, Richard Reinhardt, Esther Lubzens
    Pages 109-132
  9. Ralph O Schill
    Pages 133-146
  10. M. Roger Worland, Gordana Grubor-Lajšić, Jelena Purać, Michael A. S. Thorne, Melody S. Clark
    Pages 147-163
  11. Jason E. Podrabsky, Angèle Tingaud-Sequeira, Joan Cerdà
    Pages 203-226
  12. Kenneth B. Storey, Gerhard Heldmaier, Mark H. Rider
    Pages 227-252
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 279-283

About this book


Many organisms have evolved the ability to enter into and revive from a dormant state. They can survive for long periods in this state (often even months to years), yet can become responsive again within minutes or hours. This is often, but not necessarily, associated with desiccation. Preserving one’s body and reviving it in future generations is a dream of mankind. To date, however, we have failed to learn how cells, tissues or entire organisms can be made dormant or be effectively revived at ambient temperatures. In this book studies on organisms, ranging from aquatic cyanobacteria that produce akinetes to hibernating mammals, are presented, and reveal common but also divergent physiological and molecular pathways for surviving in a dormant form or for tolerating harsh environments. Attempting to learn the functions associated with dormancy and how they are regulated is one of the great future challenges. Its relevance to the preservation of cells and tissues is one of the key concerns of this book.


Crustacea Embryo Mammalia Termination biotechnology brumation desiccation dormancy genes hibernation molecular mechanisms physiology protein proteins tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Esther Lubzens
    • 1
  • Joan Cerda
    • 2
  • Melody Clark
    • 3
  1. 1.Israel Oceanographic and Limnological ReHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Tecnologia Agroalimentaries, Center of AquacultureIRTA Institut de Recerca iSan Carlos de la RapitaSpain
  3. 3., EcosystemsBritish Antarctic SurveyCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12421-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12422-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1610-2096
  • Series Online ISSN 1610-6970
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