Cold-Adapted Organisms

Ecology, Physiology, Enzymology and Molecular Biology

  • Rosa Margesin
  • Franz Schinner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Ecology and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cold-adapted microorganisms

      1. R. Psenner, B. Sattler, A. Wille, C. H. Fritsen, J. C. Priscu, M. Felip et al.
        Pages 17-31
      2. A. M. Gounot, N. J. Russell
        Pages 33-55
    3. Cold-adapted plants

    4. Cold-adapted animals

  3. Enzymology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. C. Gerday, M. Aittaleb, J. L. Arpigny, E. Baise, J. P. Chessa, J. M. François et al.
      Pages 257-275
    3. M. A. Ciardiello, L. Camardella, G. di Prisco
      Pages 297-304
    4. M. L. Tutino, L. Birolo, B. Fontanella, K. Mainolfi, F. Vinci, G. Sannia et al.
      Pages 305-316
  4. Molecular Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Y. Xu, Z. Liang, C. Legrain, V. Villeret, J. Van Beeumen, N. Glansdorff
      Pages 319-333
    3. M. L. Tutino, B. Fontanella, M. A. Moretti, A. Duilio, G. Sannia, G. Marino
      Pages 335-347
    4. M. Hiilovaara-Teijo, E. T. Palva
      Pages 349-384
    5. K. B. Storey, J. M. Storey
      Pages 385-407
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 409-416

About this book


Major parts of the oceans and lands of our planet are permanently, or temporarily, exposed to temperatures below 10 C. Microorganisms, plants and animals living under these conditions have adapted to their environments in such a way that metabolic processes, reproduction and survival strategies are optimal for their natural biotopes. This book presents the most recent knowledge of the ecology and the physiology of cold-adapted microorganisms, plants and animals, and explains the mechanisms of cold-adaptation on the enzymatic and molecular level, including results from the first crystal structures of enzymes of cold-adapted organisms.


Aspartat adaptation biology ecology environment enzyme enzymes enzymology evolution gene expression microorganism microorganisms molecular biology physiology temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosa Margesin
    • 1
  • Franz Schinner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08445-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-06285-2
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