Water and Life

Comparative Analysis of Water Relationships at the Organismic, Cellular, and Molecular Levels

  • George Nicholls Somero
  • Charles Barry Osmond
  • Carla Liana Bolis
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Osmotic Solutes: Evolution, Function, and Regulation

  3. Dessication Stress

  4. Plant-Water Compartmentation and Water Stress

  5. Freezing Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. K. E. Zachariassen
      Pages 261-281
    3. D. K. Hincha, J. M. Schmitt
      Pages 316-337
    4. P. L. Steponkus, M. S. Webb
      Pages 338-362
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 363-371

About these proceedings


Presenting an analysis of the water relationships of the major groups of organisms: fungi, plants and animals, the text examines water stress at all levels of biological organization. Topics covered include: 1) organic osmotic agents: their distributions, modes of action, and mechanisms of regulation; 2) desiccation stress; mechanisms for preserving cellu lar integrity under conditions of low cellular water activity; 3) water stress and water compartmentation in plants; and 4) freezing stress: the prevention and regulation of ice formation in biological fluids, and mechanisms for overcoming the damaging effects of low temperatures on cellular integrity. Common adaptive strategies in diverse organisms are emphasized, as well as the fundamental physical-chemical properties of aqueous solutions that establish the nature of the interactions among water, low molecular weight solutes and macromolecules.


Anpassung Desiccation stress Kälte Trockenheit Wasser adaption freezing stress fungi osmoregulation regulation temperature water stress

Editors and affiliations

  • George Nicholls Somero
    • 1
  • Charles Barry Osmond
    • 2
  • Carla Liana Bolis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Laboratory of Comparative BiologyUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76684-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76682-4
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