Enigmatic Microorganisms and Life in Extreme Environments

  • Editors
  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin and Life in Extreme Habitats book series (COLE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. In the Beginning: Origin and Evolution of the First Cells

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lorraine Olendzenski, J. Peter Gogarten
      Pages 15-27
    3. A. W. D. Larkum
      Pages 29-48
    4. Hakobu Nakamura
      Pages 49-62
    5. Frances Westall
      Pages 73-88
  3. Enigmatic Microorganisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 98-98
    2. A. F. Post
      Pages 113-125
    3. Paul Kugrens
      Pages 127-138
    4. Niji Ohta, Naoki Sato, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa
      Pages 139-149
  4. The Versatile Extension of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Maud M. Walsh, Joseph Seckbach
      Pages 153-162
    3. D. Mc L. Roberts
      Pages 163-173
    4. A. A. Gorbushina, W. E. Krumbein
      Pages 175-185
    5. T. E. Jensen, W. A. Corpe
      Pages 187-194
    6. E. Olavi Kajander, Mikael Björklund, Neva Çiftçioglu
      Pages 195-204
    7. M.-J. Chretiennot-Dinet
      Pages 205-213
  5. Microorganisms in Extreme Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Dryness

      1. V. R. Flechtner
        Pages 231-241
      2. N. van Thielen, D. J. Garbary
        Pages 243-253
    3. Temperature Effects

      1. Debashish Bhattacharya, Thomas Friedl, Heiko Schmidt
        Pages 291-304
      2. H. S. Vishniac
        Pages 315-321
      3. Silvano Onofri
        Pages 323-336
    4. Halophiles

      1. A. Ventosa, D. R. Arahal
        Pages 357-368
      2. Hakobu Nakamura
        Pages 369-385
      3. Russell H. Vreeland, William D. Rosenzweig
        Pages 387-398
      4. Ami Ben-Amotz
        Pages 399-410
      5. Richard F. Shand, Abril M. Perez
        Pages 411-424
    5. Living in Enormous pH Ranges

    6. Barophiles

      1. T. C. Onstott, T. J. Phelps, T. Kieft, F. S. Colwell, D. L. Balkwill, J. K. Fredrickson et al.
        Pages 487-500
      2. D. H. Bartlett, K. A. Bidle
        Pages 501-512
  6. Effect of Substances, Gases and Irradiations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 525-525
    2. J. M. Foght, D. M. McFarlane
      Pages 527-538
    3. D. Klaveness
      Pages 539-548
    4. L. J. Rothschild
      Pages 549-562
    5. W. Reisser
      Pages 563-572

About this book


Modern methods and approaches, such as the analysis of molecular sequences to infer evolutionary relationships among organisms, have provided vast new sets of data to further our understanding ofliving organisms, but there remain enigmas in the biological world that will keep scientists working and thinking for decades. Microorganisms by virtue of their small size and almost unbounded diversity provide ample examples of intriguing mysteries that are being challenged with all of the techniques the modern scientific arsenal can provide. One whole arena of this battle to resolve puzzling mysteries about various microorganisms is the almost unbelievable ability of many micro-organisms to live in extreme environments. Whether the challenge is extreme heat, cold, pressure, hyper­ salinity, alkalinity or acidity, some micro-organisms live now where no life might seem possible. This fascinating state of affairs is the context for this present volume edited by Joseph Seckbach. This Volume is a compilation of many of the especially interesting questions and biological challenges that arise in the consideration of microorganisms in general and the extremophiles in particular.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1863-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4838-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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